Health practitioner Dr. Stevie Springer says people need to think out how they want to prepare food for Thanksgiving.
He recommends these healthy foods:
- Turkey: Both light meat and dark meat are great sources of protein, offering 26 and 24 grams per serving respectively.
- Sweet Potatoes: A 4-ounce serving of sweet potato (about 1/2 cup) provides 390% of your daily value of vitamin A, which promotes bone health, 40% of immunity-boosting vitamin C, 18% of your daily dose of fiber
- Green Beans: Green beans are a tasty low-calorie vegetable with fiber and a wide array of nutrients, such as vitamins A and C.
- Cranberries: Cranberry sauce is a must-have for most of us on Thanksgiving. A good source of vitamin C and fiber, cranberries are also an excellent source of several antioxidants that have been associated with cancer prevention.
- Brussels Sprouts: The cruciferous vegetable is packed with vitamins A, C and K, as well as dietary fiber and potassium, It’s also packed with cancer-fighting sulforaphane.
- Wild Rice: It has fewer carbs and more protein than brown rice, with 3 grams of dietary fiber in a 1-cup serving.
Dr. Springer has a list of Thanksgiving mistakes:
- Getting started without a game plan
- Trying to do everything yourself
- Ending up with too many dishes that need to be heated up in the oven at the same time.
- Undercooking your bird
- Overcooking your bird
- Getting the skin too dark
- Not using your pan drippings!