10. Turkey is the centerpiece. The white meat is high in protein, rich in iron, selenium, zinc, potassium and B vitamins. It’s low in calories, fat, saturated fat and cholesterol.
9. Turkey is inexpensive.
8. Turkey is inexpensive. It warrants repeating.
7. Sweet potatoes and pumpkin are rich in vitamin A (vision and healthy skin) and beta-carotene and fiber. This is a gap vitamin in both children and adults meaning, we don’t consume enough of it. One serving of sweet potato provides 275% of your daily value for Vitamin A.
6. Fresh cranberries are rich in antioxidants and Vitamin C, which help keep our immune system healthy.
5. A colorful array of vegetables is offered. The greater variety means more nutrients and phytochemicals. Phytochemicals are naturally occurring protectors created by a plant to ward off disease, bacteria and fungus. When we consume the plants, these benefits are conveyed to us. Check out the previous post on Thanksgiving Side Dishes to learn healthy recipe swaps.
4. Stuffing when made correctly contains celery, onions, nuts, dried berries and herbs rich in antioxidants and phytochemicals. Note this nutrient dense portion is just ¼ cup or the size of a golf ball.
3. It’s an easy day to get your 5-A-Day fruits and vegetables in. Make sure to cover ½ your plate with fruits and vegetables.
2. It includes parades, football, desserts, long walks outside and a house full of people. A meal shared between family and friends is a wonderful event that happens far too infrequently for many. Give thanks for what you have and those who you are able to share it with.
1. It’s scratch cooking at its best. The smell, presentation and flavor can’t be mass-produced and frozen or duplicated at a drive in window. Eat slowly, savor the meal and above all, give thanks!
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