Thanksgiving Menu

A  menu for a healthier Thanksgiving has more vegetables, a whole whole grain, and less sugar.I did something I never do, I calculated the calories, and macronutrients of the Thanksgiving meal  I’m serving at my house on Thursday. It may surprise you, but while I perform nutrient analysis for my clients and on individual recipes, it’s rare that I calculate or track full meals of my own. So why now? I did this to  back up my claim that this is a healthier meal.   I took one serving of the above foods for calculations. Here are those serving sizes: 4 oz. roast turkey; 2 cups tossed salad with 2 tablespoons vinaigrette, 1/2 cup lower sugar sweet potato casserole; 2/3 cup wild rice stuffing; 1 cup green beans; 2 tablespoons fresh cranberry sauce, 1 baked apple.

That said, here ‘s the break down (insert drum roll):   927 calories, 118 grams carbohydrate, 36 grams of protein and 38 grams of fat. Whew, that sounds like a lot, right? Well, consider this: the Calorie Control Council estimates Americans consume upwards of 2000 to 3000 calories at their Thanksgiving celebrations. Now, my 927 calorie meal is looking much slimmer!

 

Lemon, Basil and Strawberry Infused Water

Lemon, Basil, & Strawberry Infused Water

Most Americans aren’r drinking enough water, and National data suggests fifty percent of children are underhydrated.

Improve your hydration and you could improve your health! That’s a motivating factor.  Proper hydration isn’t just for athletes.  Research from the University of Arkansas, Stavros Kavouras, Director of the Hydration Science Lab notes that water intake is assoicated with properly regulating blood glucose.

How much water should I drink?’ It’s a question I get asked often, and there is no perfect answer. Here’s the latest on hydration: Kavouras Discusses Benefits of Hydration //news.uark.edu/articles/42085/a

If your looking for ways to increase you fluid intake, try carrying a water bottle with you and keep a  pitcher of cold water in the refrigerator. I like to make infused water, like this lemon, basil and strawberry infused water.  Recipe below.

 

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Lemon, Basil and Strawberry Infused Water

Zero calorie water beverage, perfect for hot and humid days.

  • Author: Diane Boyd
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Category: beverage

Ingredients

2 quarts filtered water

3 slices organic lemon

3 organic strawberries

sprig of fresh basil

Instructions

Add basil, lemon and strawberries to pitcher. Pour filtered water over top. Refrigerate.  Serve cold.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 8 ounces
  • Calories: 0
  • Sugar: 0
  • Sodium: 0
  • Fat: 0
  • Saturated Fat: 0
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 0
  • Fiber: 0
  • Protein: 0
  • Cholesterol: 0

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