It’s officially Thanksgiving week, and that means that in addition to shopping and chopping, many people are also thinking about how they can maintain healthy and nutritious eating habits during the holiday sugar rush. Fortunately, many Thanksgiving staples are packed with nutrients, so if you are mindful of your portions, it’s pretty easy to get your body everything it needs to thrive during this festive meal.
Turkey may make you a bit sleepy, but it is full of protein to keep you full and boost muscle function. For the healthiest choice, opt for dark meat and avoid the skin.
These sweet root veggies are full of antioxidants and healthy carbs. Sweet potatoes are also high in vitamins A and C as well as manganese, vitamin B6, magnesium, and potassium.
These fiber-packed fruits are full of cell-protecting anthocyanins and high in vitamin C. Making your own homemade cranberry sauce will help you avoid the high sugar content of many store-bought brands.
This one is no surprise. This green veggie is full of iron, fiber, and vitamins C, A, and K.
Apples are vitamin A and C, plus the inflammation-fighting phytochemical, quercetin.
You can indulge in a slice of pumpkin pie knowing that pumpkin is full of vitamins, minerals, omega-3s, and antioxidants.
This classic holiday spice isn’t just good for getting you in a festive mood. Cinnamon also has anti-inflammatory properties, regulates cholesterol, and has been shown to boost immune function.