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The Surprisingly Healthy Thanksgiving Table

Posted by: Elizabeth Moulinie on 12/25/15 at 11:26 AM

Feast on these wonderfully nutritious foods.  The byproduct being a joyful and happy day!

Butternut Squash

Besides being delectable, this squash has a high concentration of vitamin A, which is wonderful for immune system function.

Enjoy butternut squash as a soup or mashed, sprinkled with salt, pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Green Beans

A low calorie, fiber filled vegetable.  It also provides you with vitamins A and C.  The fiber assists in keeping things moving through your digestive system.

Enjoy green beans sautéed in olive oil with chopped garlic and  sprinkled with organic sliced toasted almonds.

Cruciferous Vegetables (brussels sprouts, broccoli, kale, Swiss chard, collard greens)

These nutrient rich plants are filled with phytochemicals.

Enjoy them roasted or sautéed.

Turkey

This is a healthy, lean protein that helps to keep you satisfied.

I recommend using rendered turkey fat to baste the bird and make the gravy.  Turkey fat is healthier than the butter you may baste it with.

Cranberries

In their natural form (no sugar added), they provide you with vitamin C and fiber.  Cranberry extract and anthocyanins (which are in cranberries) were found to decrease free radical damage to DNA.

Enjoy them in a raw cranberry relish or throw some fresh or no sugar added dried cranberries into whole grain stuffing.

Sweet Potato

Provides you with a rich amount of vitamins B6 and C, potassium, fiber and phytochemicals.  One potato contains 45 percent of your daily manganese needs and 24 percent potassium.

Enjoy sweet potatoes cut into discs, then grill in a ridged grill pan on both sides and sprinkled with cinnamon, ginger and allspice.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

 

 

 

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