Thanksgiving is Healthier than You Think!
This time of year, it’s easy to focus on the reasons to limit the foods in your Thanksgiving feast but we think you should look at the positives!!
Our favorite Thanksgiving foods are actually packed with nutrients!
A three-ounce portion of skinless turkey breast can provide over 20 grams of lean protein, along with B vitamins and minerals, including a significant amount of selenium, which acts as an antioxidant. Turkey is not only a protein power house but also lower in carbs and fat.
These tasty veggies are full of antioxidants. They’re also full of immune-supporting vitamins A and C, and provide energy-boosting B vitamins, potassium (which helps regulate blood pressure), and manganese, a mineral that helps produce collagen and promote skin and bone health. The anti-inflammatory compounds in sweet potatoes help fend off chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
You’ve probably heard that cranberries help prevent urinary tract infections. Other studies suggest that eating this gorgeous berry can help lower the risk of certain cancers, as well as age-related vision loss; and reduce LDL (“bad” cholesterol) and increase HDL (the “good” cholesterol). Cranberries also protect oral health by preventing bacteria from clinging to teeth.
Just a half cup of pumpkin puree packs nearly 400% of the daily recommended target for vitamin A. This key nutrient, which acts as a cell-protective antioxidant, supports immunity, as well as lung, eye, and skin health; and has been shown to protect against cognitive decline. Pumpkin also supplies bone-boosting vitamin K, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber.
Okay-this one just tastes good!