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-
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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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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