For this Thanksgiving, instead of retelling the same old story about your family feast, we’d like to highlight the benefits.
In this post you will find some easy ways to create a healthier meal on your plate—so you can feel good about what you’re putting in your body, focus on enjoying your food, and the company.
Below, we are going to highlight the nutritional benefits for three traditional Thanksgiving dishes.
Three ounces of skinless turkey breast can provide 25 grams of lean protein, a healthy amount of vitamin B along with minerals including a significant amount of selenium, which acts as an antioxidant. Turkey also provides smaller amounts of zinc, magnesium, and potassium; no carbs; and almost no fat.
-Boost your intake of nutrients and anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids with an organic, pasture-raised turkey.
-Dark meat offers more vitamins and minerals, so combine it with your white breast meat.
-Grab a portion about the size of your hand in thickness and length.
This tasty side dish is chock full of beneficial antioxidants and immune-supporting vitamins A and C. They also provide energy-boosting B vitamins, potassium (which helps regulate blood pressure), and manganese which helps produce collagen and promote skin and bone health.
The anti-inflammatory ingredients in sweet potatoes help fend off type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. The large amounts of fiber make them a slow-burning starch that won’t spike blood sugar and insulin levels.
Prep: Instead of sweet potato casserole that’s full of with sugar and dairy, consider serving these gems baked, drizzled with a light sauce made from pure maple syrup, virgin coconut oil, and pumpkin pie spice.
One half cup of pumpkin puree packs nearly 400% of the daily recommended target for vitamin A!
This key nutrient, which acts as a high powered antioxidant, supports immunity, as well as lung, eye, and skin health; and has been shown to promote cognitive longevity. Pumpkin also supplies bone-boosting vitamin K, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber.
Prep: Try making a pie without the crust remove some carbs and calories. Consider a dairy-free recipe with plant milk instead, and maple syrup instead of refined sugar to create a cleaner more organic dessert.
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