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Let’s Be Thankful
November 23, 2009
I’m taking a break this week from my spice series since it’s almost Thanksgiving. What usually happens at this time of year is that magazines and Web sites feature articles on how hard it is for people to manage their diabetes, their weight, etc., during the holidays. And while that may be true, reading this information year after year (unless you’ve tuned it out by now) may leave you with a sour feeling — how can you enjoy the holidays when you’re being told to eat this and not that, or eat less of this, or check your blood glucose more often, or go for a walk, or get plenty of rest…all good advice, but I imagine that it wears a little thin after a while.
So, this week, I decided to focus on a few items from the traditional Thanksgiving meal and all the good things that they can bring us. Do you still need to watch portions and count carohydrate? Is it still a good idea to go for a walk after indulging? Well, yes, but you can take some comfort in the fact that you ate some pretty healthful foods and that you did your body good!
Four ounces of turkey breast, without the skin, contains 150 calories, less than 1 gram of fat, 0 grams of carbohydrate, and 34 grams of protein.
Check out this recipe for “healthified stuffing,” which includes nutrition information, from the Web site eatbetteramerica.com
Not only are sweet potatoes good for your heart, eyes, and digestive tract, they can even keep your skin healthy and younger-looking, too, thanks to their beta-carotene content. But watch the toppings; the gooey, sweet marshmallows that people often pile on top obviously aren’t the best choice. This year, why not leave off the carbohydrate-laden topping and try a new spin? I found this recipe on Epicurious.com. Not only does it look easy to make, it seems pretty healthful, too.
By the way, one-half cup of baked sweet potato contains 90 calories, barely any fat, 21 grams of carbohydrate, and 3 grams of fiber. Not too shabby!
This year, think about the foods on your Thanksgiving table. Maybe there are ways to prepare them more healthfully, or maybe you start a new tradition with something totally different. Whatever you decide, think about what each food has to offer (all foods have something!), be thankful, and have a peaceful and enjoyable holiday!
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