3 Thanksgiving Foods That are Actually Good for You

Some of the most common Thanksgiving dishes are actually pretty nutritious

Not that most people don’t love Thanksgiving, but in terms of eating healthily, the holiday does sort of get a bad rep.

Perhaps the negative criticism is a little bit unwarranted, though. Sure, creamy mashed potatoes whipped with tons of butter and a decadent slice of sugary sweet apple pie aren’t the healthiest things you’ll ever eat, but if you take a closer look at some of the most traditional Thanksgiving Day foods, you’ll realize there are some pretty nutritious dishes spread across the table.

-3 Thanksgiving Foods That are Actually Good for You-

Sweet Potatoes

Sometimes served candied with brown sugar, butter and marshmallows (a little less healthy) and sometimes simply served mashed; either way, among many other important nutrients, sweet potatoes are loaded with beta carotene which provides your body with antioxidants needed to defend your cells and DNA.

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Turkey (white meat, no skin)

Arguably the most classic Thanksgiving Day food of all, a three-ounce serving of roasted turkey breast packs a whopping 24 grams of protein (which keeps you to feeling satiated and full) per serving for roughly 160 calories and just 6 grams of fat. If you want to keep your meal extra healthy, opt for the white breast meat without any skin.

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Green Beans

Chances are you’ll find this vegetable in the form of a casserole with a creamy sauce on the Thanksgiving table, but even still, green beans are packed with antioxidant nutrients like vitamin C and beta-carotene. They’re also a good source of vitamin K, which is thought to enhance bone health and manganese, a mineral that helps to promote healthy skin.

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