Thanksgiving eats: The good news

Planning to stuff your face for the day? Yeah, me too.  It’s the holiday food orgy that comes only once a year.

You may not count calories on Thanksgiving, but when you sit down at the table it’s hard to ignore the knowledge that grandma’s famous something-or-other is probably not the healthiest food choice.

Who needs foodish worries eating away at them on Thanksgiving? Go ahead, indulge a little, and take comfort in the fact that there are health benefits to be found, if you know where to look. Feast your eyes on the good news about some of your festive favs.

Turkey

Turkey is one of four protein sources proven to help regulate blood glucose levels after eating.  (Whey, tuna and egg whites are the others in this exclusive club.) Turkey also packs some impressive omega-3!  Note: Organic or free-range turkey has even more omega-3s than your average bird.

Squash

I love squash! Squash has antioxidants galore, which reduce the risk of heart disease – especially butternut, acorn and pumpkin. Note: Is Aunt Marge planning to smother the squash in brown sugar, marshmallows and butta? Roast it instead….it’s so much better!

Cranberries

Cranberries are another antioxidant superstar at the table this holiday. Their other claim to fame is fighting urinary track infections. Note: Eight ounces of unsweetened cranberry juice three times a day could make a difference if you are prone to UTI’s.

 

Healthy fixes for the fixins’

Avoid cans. Aluminum cans are known to contaminate foods with BPA, Bisphenol A, a chemical linked to heart disease, cancer and…sperm damage! One commonly used canned veggie containing high levels of BPA? Green beans! Use fresh produce when possible. If you must use pre-packaged products, look for organic and use BPA-free containers.

Stuff-it yourself. Boxed stuffing may be convenient but it’s loaded with MSG, high fructose corn syrup and artificial flavors. There is a reason it lives in a box waiting for you to just add water. Read labels! Make it yourself, and be sure to use whole grain breadcrumbs in place of processed white bread.

Say bye to dye. Dye is not something you should eat – those canned yams may look fresh, but they are so totally not. Most dyed foods contain lots of carcinogenics….to go along with your damaged sperm. Getting the picture?… Go fresh!

Switch-a-roo. Reworking certain dishes can lower calories and provide better nutritional value for your loved ones. Consider fruit based pies, crisps or crumbles as an alternative to cream pie or sugary pecan pie. Even replacing the fried onions on the green bean casserole with toasted almonds will make a difference.

With so much to be thankful for it is important to remember that our health and well-being should come first. So reward your stomach, and your spirit, by indulging with a big healthy thanks – it’s good for you!

Let the thanking begin! Have a Happy healthy everything!