It is important to eat right as much as possible, as doing so can keep your body healthy and strong. You should eat healthy all of the time, including on holidays such as Thanksgiving. Eating healthy can sometimes be easier said than done. But if you make the right food choices, it can be done. Here are some healthy food choices for Thanksgiving you should consider when cooking the big meal.
It is recommended that you get 6 ounces of grain a day. This can be done by getting 3 ounces of whole grain food such as cereal, crackers, bread, and rice. You can start off your Thanksgiving morning with about 3 ounces of whole grain cereal. You can snack on crackers as you wait for the food to get done cooking or later than night. You can also serve whole grain bread (including whole wheat or whole rye) and rice (wild rice or brown rice) with the Thanksgiving dinner as a side.
It is recommended that you eat 2 1/2 cups of vegetables a day. This can include sweet potatoes, carrots, broccoli, spinach, peas, kidney beans, and pinto beans. The great thing about eating the vegetables on Thanksgiving is that any of them can be served as a side during dinner!
It is recommended that you eat two cups of fruit a day. You can eat a variety of fruit, such as fresh, dried, frozen, or canned. You can have a banana in the morning with your whole grain cereal. Apple sauce and a fruit salad can be included as a Thanksgiving side. You can even serve fruit for dessert to go with the pumpkin pie. You can drink fruit juices (in moderation) during the day as well, including orange juice and apple juice.
Healthy food choices for Thanksgiving can also include what you drink during the day, such as milk. It is recommended that adults drink atleast 3 cups of milk a day and children ages two to eight drink 2 cups a day. Milk is rich with calcium, which is great for your bones. You can have milk with your whole grain cereal, during your Thanksgiving meal, and it will go great with a slice of pumpkin pie! If you do not like milk or cannot drink it then you can go for lactose free products or fortified foods and beverages that are great sources of calcium.
Meat and Beans.
It is recommended that you eat 5 ounces of meat and beans a day. This of course can include your Thanksgiving turkey. Thanksgiving turkey is great source of protein, but it low in saturated fats. You can also include food during your Thanksgiving dinner such as peas, beans, fish, and nuts (you can even serve the nuts with dessert), as they are good sources or protein. To avoid adding grease to the meal, you should bake, grill, or broil your meat when cooking it.
When you cook your healthy food for Thanksgiving, you should limit the solid fats you add, such butter, margarine, lard, and shortening. Solid fats such as these will help to raise your cholesterol, so you should try to limit or avoid using them in your cooking.
When grocery and Thanksgiving shopping, you should be sure to check the nutrition facts label on the food. The label is found of the food package and will give you health information on the food. This will help you to keep your trans fat, saturated fat, and sodium low.
Healthy food choices on Thanksgiving can help to make the big dinner healthy. The dinner will still taste delicious and be enjoyable.
So even on the big holiday, you should choose your food wisely and watch what you eat. If you do this, then you can not only control your lifestyle, but you can keep it healthy as well. If you begin exercising healthy eating on regular days and holidays, then you will feel great and stay healthy for a long time.
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