By Lisa Rhea
While most fitness blogs and websites are providing you with healthy recipes and ways to “burn the turkey,” we, at The Skinny and the Thick of it, will be doing no such thing.
We want you to enjoy your holiday. To celebrate with family and friends. To eat, drink and be merry.
Today is a day to be grateful for all you have, including the delicious food on the table in front of you. It’s not a time to stress the calories or calculate portion sizes. And it’s blasphemy to attempt making a “skinny” Thanksgiving dinner.
It’s one day. Is one day going to make you fat? No. Is one day going to completely derail your fitness progress or plans? No.
Remember, fitness is supposed to enhance your life, not limit it – so do not let it keep you from celebrating and enjoying your holiday.
And guess what? The less you stress about what you’re eating, the more likely you won’t binge, eat yourself silly or go completely overboard. And if you do, it’s ONE DAY.
So instead of pointing out the negatives about the different foods served today, let’s talk about the positives. There are a lot of great nutrients and benefits to the food filling your plate today.
Along with being an excellent low fat source of protein, turkey is loaded with B vitamins, phosphorus, potassium, iron, and zinc, along with selenium, an antioxidant necessary for thyroid metabolism and boosting immunity.
Potatoes are a high fiber, phytonutrient-rich carbohydrate source, as well as a good source of vitamin B6, potassium, copper, vitamin C, manganese, phosphorus, niacin, dietary fiber, and pantothenic acid.
Considered a “super food,” cranberries are an antioxidant-rich, low calorie fruit. Cranberries are credited with lowering the risk of urinary tract infections, prevention of certain types of cancer, improved immune function, decreased blood pressure and more.
Don’t pass on the sweet potato casserole! Sweet potatoes an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin B5, B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, and carotenoids. They are a fat-free, low sodium and high fiber carbohydrate.
Last but not least, you don’t want to skip the pumpkin pie! Pumpkin is one of the most nutrient-dense foods around. A cup of cooked, canned pumpkin provides more than 100% of your daily needs for vitamin A, 20% of the daily value for vitamin C, 10% or more for vitamin E, riboflavin, potassium, copper and manganese at least 5% for thiamin, B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, niacin, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus.