Is it possible to enjoy the day when the meal is healthy? Yes, it is possible and you will feel much better for it! This week we will continue our discussion about Thanksgiving and move on from appetizers (see last week’s blog to learn about a healthy one) to side dishes.
When we think of Thanksgiving side dishes, stuffing and potatoes come to mind. So, let’s talk potatoes!
Potatoes haven gotten a bad rap over the years due to protein and keto diets. When we think potatoes, we generally think carbs and calories. We often feel as though eating potatoes is splurging – like eating ice cream! But there is good news on that front!
Check out this chart from” potatogoodness.com” which destroys 2 myths:
Most of us have heard that sweet potatoes are better for us than white potatoes. This is due to the high beta-carotene content (orange like carrots), which is converted into Vitamin A. But other than Vitamin A, white potatoes are stiff competition for the sweet ones! – but you have to eat the skin. And notably Vitamin C and Potassium are winners for the whites!
Who eats a baked potato without butter or sour cream? People who have tried substituting Greek yogurt for the sour cream! It has a very similar taste, but Greek yogurt far exceeds its competition in nutrition. Consider that sour cream has at least three times the calories and 45 grams of fat in one cup. Non-fat Greek is just as tasty as that made with whole milk. The protein content of Greek yogurt is also almost five times that of sour cream. Finally, the benefits of the live cultures which have not been destroyed through pasteurization (as they are with sour cream), are enormous (a topic for another blog). If your taste buds demand more from the yogurt, try spicing it up with dill or try a double-baked potato recipe which really creates a delectable delight!
For those stuck to butter, no problem. Butter has also received a bad rap due to its saturated nature, however, its competition – vegetable spreads and margarines have no standing. Simply put, organic butter used in moderation, especially when heated, retains its natural form, while margarine is an altered, “trans-fat” which has the potential to wreak havoc in the body primarily by raising cholesterol which leads to heart disease.
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Please join us next week for a few tips regarding nutritious and delicious desserts!
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Thanksgiving gives us a good excuse to discuss the benefits of turkey – with the idea that perhaps it is worth considering making it more of a dietary staple throughout the year rather than mainly reserving it for this special day. As with all food, the source of the turkey determines how good it tastes and how nutritious it is.