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3 Healthy Holiday Necessities to Add to Your Table

By Virginia Laird

Thanksgiving is not a holiday that many would associate with healthy eating. For many, the buffet offers an endless array of specialty dishes that most only consume once annually. This has much to do with the fact that these dishes are filled with fat, sugar, and many other unhealthy aspects of food. Health and wellness experts admit that there are several things you can do to make the choices on your thanksgiving buffet healthier. Some of things to consider include:

  • Baked sweet potatoes are a better option
  • Cinnamon apples can satisfy the sweet tooth
  • A fresh salad is healthy for everyone

Baked Sweet Potatoes are a Better Option

Anyone who has ever experienced the holidays in the south knows that no buffet is complete without the sweet potatoes. For many, this is a delicious dish topped with roasted marshmallows and filled with sugar. Although these are quite tasty, health and wellness experts suggest that opting for baked sweet potatoes is much healthier. Choosing to bake your sweet potatoes can eliminate a great deal of sugar (and calories) from your thanksgiving plate. Although this may not be ideal for true southerners, it is a great way to keep your diet in check as you enjoy the holiday season.

Cinnamon Apples Can Satisfy the Sweet Tooth

For many, the holiday time brings out the sweet tooth. In my home, we look forward to the chocolate pies that Grandpa makes. Although these are exceptionally delicious, they are littered with sugar. Health and wellness experts advise that another tasty dish to satisfy the sweet tooth is cinnamon apples. These can be far healthier than pies. Apples are naturally sweet, which when paired with cinnamon can make you feel as though you are enjoying a delightful dessert. Consider adding this to your thanksgiving buffet as an option to the sugar-loaded pies.

A Fresh Salad is Healthy for Everyone

Health and wellness experts suggest that adding a fresh salad to your buffet, at any meal (especially thanksgiving) can offer a healthy choice. Although you cannot force anyone at the holiday gathering to choose this salad, it will be there for you. Professionals suggest that adding salad to any meal can add plenty of vitamins and minerals, including fiber to help the digestive system to function after consuming plenty of heavy, calorie-loaded foods.

Now is the time to begin preparing the menu for your thanksgiving meal. Consider making a few healthy additions to your menu this holiday season.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Georgetown, Tex.

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