A Thoughtful Thanksgiving: Southern Edition
Nov 02

A Thoughtful Thanksgiving: Southern Edition

By Eboni Poole, MPH

Family, football, and Black Friday frenzies are exciting aspects of Thanksgiving, but let’s face it – we’re all excited about the food.  While many of the dishes are mouthwatering, some of the foods we tend to indulge in aren’t always full of nutrition. A traditional southern Thanksgiving meal is historically high in fat, sodium, and sugar. With a few simple changes we can add nutritional value to our dinner spread.  Adding vegetables, using oil or unsalted butter instead of regular butter or margarine, substituting white flour for whole wheat flour, and replace high sodium seasonings with fresh herbs are some simple steps we can take to create a healthier Thanksgiving meal. This year challenge yourself to add more nutrition to at least two of your dishes this holiday season.

Incorporating these simple alterations will increase nutrients (ex: Vitamin K, Potassium, Calcium, and Iron) and decrease salt, sugar, and saturated fat intake.

Here are some simple and easy ways to incorporate more nutrition to a Southern style Thanksgiving:

             Roasted Parmesean Green Beans                                      Creamy Mashed Parsnips       

               Traditional Herbed Roast Turkey                             Cauliflower "Macaroni and Cheese"





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