Canadian Thanksgiving is this weekend and after your holiday dinner, the real reason you find yourself slumped in the armchair pretending to listen to your Mother-in-law’s chatter is plain and simple: you overate. This year, plan the meal like you would any other meal, but allow yourself an indulgent, like a glass of red wine or dessert. Many of your favourite holiday foods are stuffed with nutrition. When you practice portion control and tweak preparation techniques, you’ll walk away from the table with health benefits and energy for a walk around the block!
Along with pumpkin, here are my three of my favorite Thanksgiving Foods:
Cranberries are packed with the antioxidant proanthocyanidins, which is important for immune health and has been linked to the prevention of urinary tract infections. Cranberries are a good source of fibre and vitamins C and K (good for bone health), and a ¼ cup of fresh cranberries is only 12 calories.
I recommend swapping out the ‘same old’ mashed white potatoes for delicious sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes may be one of nature’s unsurpassed sources of beta carotene, which is an antioxidant good for eye and skin health. They are also a good source of vitamin C and fibre. A ½ cup serving (baked) is only 90 calories.
A 100 gram serving of turkey breast (the size of a deck of cards) with the skin is only 160 calories, has 32 grams of protein, and only 8 grams of fat. Turkey is an excellent source of niacin and vitamin B12, and a good source of selenium, which is a mineral that has both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Stay energized over the weekend by including these three healthy foods, keep to the preparation basics, and remember portion sizes, then enjoy your favourite festive indulgent (in moderation of course!).
Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving &
a Wonderful Holiday Weekend!