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Optimal Thanksgiving Table Selections

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When indulging, opt for wholesome foods.

Thanksgiving is not typically associated with health-conscious choices. Even from a purely caloric perspective, it can be overwhelming. Personally, I enjoy letting go once in a while and partaking in traditional overindulgence. However, I’ve been known to challenge Uncle Mancuso to consume the entire gravy boat on multiple occasions, so perhaps I’m not the best role model in that regard. If you wish to incorporate some level of health consciousness into your Thanksgiving feast, there are a few aspects worth considering.

For a healthier Thanksgiving spread, prioritize fresh produce. Focus less on turkey and gravy, and more on natural fruits and vegetables. Fortunately, Thanksgiving already features a variety of staple produce items. For instance, brussels sprouts are an excellent option for a nutritious meal. Belonging to the same family as kale and broccoli, they rank among the healthier green vegetables, abundant in anti-inflammatory phytochemicals.

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As for fruits, consider the iconic choice of cranberries. While cranberry sauce is a common option, making your own is preferable. Canned versions often contain excessive sugar and preservatives that diminish potential nutritional advantages. Fresh, whole cranberries offer similar phytochemical benefits to brussels sprouts, supplying a double dose of anti-inflammatory properties.

And if you’re seeking variety beyond produce, incorporate nuts into your menu. Pecans, a Thanksgiving tradition, complement desserts and breads wonderfully. Pecans are a nutrient powerhouse, delivering essential vitamins, minerals, protein, healthy fats, fiber, and antioxidants. Additionally, being indigenous to the US, pecans are both affordable and readily accessible.

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