Thanksgiving’s Nutritional Superstars

Thanksgiving’s Nutritional Superstars

Did you know that some surprising superfoods may be sitting on your Thanksgiving table, even when you’ve been planning on a total gorge-fest? Plus, some of your fave sweet treats have health benefits that will last you long after your Black Friday shopping trip. Check out these five surprising Thanksgiving superfoods.

Dark Meat Turkey
The star of the Thanksgiving show is one of the leanest meats around. White meat turkey has long been recommended over dark because of its lower calorie and fat content, but the caloric difference between these two types of meat is actually very small. While dark meat does have a bit more fat than its white counterpart, it still stands out as a Thanksgiving superfood since it’s higher iron, zinc and B-vitamin content.

Did you know that pecans have among the highest antioxidant contents in the nut family? These antioxidant properties, which come from the pecan’s high levels of vitamin E, have been shown to protect against free radicals that cause cancer. Pecans also contain healthy fats that may help reduce cholesterol and prevent Type II diabetes.

In addition to its calorie-free flavor-enhancing powers, cinnamon also has superfood-esque powers. Studies have shown that eating a half teaspoon of cinnamon each day for 40 days reduced fasting blood sugar, triglyceride, and cholesterol levels in study participants by as much as 30 percent! Another study showed a brain-boosting relationship between smelling cinnamon and increased brain activity.

Tart, sweet, and delicious—cranberry sauce is one of my go-to Thanksgiving recipes. The rich antioxidant content of cranberries helps protect your body’s cells from dangerous free radicals that can cause cancer. Emerging research has also shown that cranberries contain compounds that can help prevent infections and reduce LDL cholesterol levels. Try swapping out the white sugar in your favorite cranberry sauce recipe for orange juice and apple sauce to cut a few extra calories, too.

Pumpkin’s deep orange color means that it is packed with powerful compounds called carotenoids. Studies have shown that carotenoids are linked to cancer prevention, reduced risk of heart disease and improved vision. Pumpkin is also a great source of fiber—7 grams in a one cup serving! To reduce some of the calories and fat from your slice of pumpkin pie, cut out the crust and go straight for the pumpkin filling by itself.


50 Clean Eating Snacks

I came across this list and had to share…  I am always looking for new ideas!!!

50 Clean Eating Snacks

1. Apple Slices

2. Carrots with Avocado Dip

3. Sliced Veggies with Zucchini Hummus

4. A Medium Banana – Need 5 Reasons to Bite Into a Banana?

5. Dried Fruit Chips (with no added sugar)

6. A Hard-boiled Egg – Learn 3 important health benefits of eggs.

7. String Cheese and Grapes

8. Fruit with Skinny Nutella

9. Air-popped Corn

10. Rolled Turkey Breast (Boar’s Head Deli Meat has no nitrates nor preservatives)

11. Pineapple Spears – Give Yourself 5 Reasons to Pick Pineapple.

12. Skinny Berry Parfait

13. Sliced Bell Pepper with Skinny Ranch Dip

14. A Fresh Fruit Popsicle

15. Celery with Skinny Peanut Butter

16. A Handful of Almonds

17. Sweet Potato Hummus with Whole Wheat Crackers

18. Garden Salad – Try our Garden Salad with Lemon and Oil Dressing.

19. A Handful of Pumpkin Seeds

20. A Cup of Sliced Berries- Learn 3 reasons to jump on the berry bandwagon.

21. Steamed Edemame with Sea Salt

22. Sweet and Spicy Pecans

23. A Cup of Cottage Cheese

24. Steel-Cut Oatmeal – Try our Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal.

25. Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip with Fresh Fruit

26. A Clementine (Cutie) Orange

27. Cinnamon Honey Nuts

28. Banana Blueberry Bars

29. Peanut Butter Honey Oat Bars

30. Sliced Red Pepper with Hummus

31. Homemade Trail Mix

32. Sweet Potato Fries  Learn why we’re sweet on sweet potatoes.

33. Quinoa – Try our Quinoa Pilaf

34. Skinny Ms. Granola

35. Mung Bean and Kale Soup

36. Marinated Mushrooms

37. Strawberry Banana Smoothie

38. Southwestern Kale Chips

39. Baked Onion Rings

40. Curry Yogurt Dip with Whole Wheat Crackers

41. Belly Pepper Candy

42. Chunked Watermelon

43. Sweet Potato Crunchies

44. Raw Broccoli with Skinny Ranch Dip

45. Quinoa Protein Bars

46. Romaine Lettuce Wraps

47. A Small Box of Raisins

48. Sliced Tomato and Feta

49. Greek Yogurt with Blueberries

50. Superfoods Smoothie


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