With fall in full swing, anticipation for the annual turkey-day feast is on the rise for many who love the November holiday.
While many are familiar with the tradition of roasting the iconic bird, how much do you really know about the nutritional aspects of turkey?
And lest anyone think Thanksgiving season is the time to throw healthy eating out the window — think again.
“Thanksgiving is actually an ideal time to try and integrate healthy recipes and strategies for healthy eating and portion control. Try using the time with family to share new healthy traditions that involve roasted nuts, herb and fruit-based mocktails without added sugars, and healthier versions of classic favorites like gluten-free veggie-based stuffing and cauliflower mashed potatoes,” said Rachael Richardson, RD, LDN, of Nutrolution.com, who is based in Raleigh, North Carolina.
“And reflect on the gratitude for each bite of food and the process that transpired in bringing it to your dinner table,” she also said.
1. It’s a solid protein choice
Turkey really packs the protein.
“A single serving of turkey can provide about 24 grams of protein, which is essential for muscle growth, repair, and overall bodily functions,” said Jamie Hickey, RD, CPT, of TruismFitness.com.