Just having a table laden with delicious food is reason enough to be grateful this Thanksgiving. But making a little extra room on your plate for the dishes that are tasty, healthy and good for skin make the holiday even better. Here are the healthy Thanksgiving foods to seek out while marveling at the cornucopia of goodness!
Sweet Potatoes – High in age-defying beta-carotene, magnesium, iron and Vitamins B6, C and D, sweet potatoes look festive on the table and are very healing for skin. Low-sugar casseroles or baked sweet potatoes are a good bet. I’ll be making this Scallion Chile Sweet Potato Cake by Daphne Oz.
Green Beans – They may be slender, but green beans are full of dietary fiber, vitamins, folate, iron and calcium. Balance the heaviness of other dishes with gently steamed green beans and toss with skin-balancing apple cider vinegar.
Cranberry Sauce – The homemade version is oodles tastier and healthier than the store-bought version. Cranberries are rich in Vitamin C, heart-healthy antioxidants and flavonoids. Let their sweetly tart flavor speak for itself and go easy on the sugar. A hefty addition of sugar negates their health benefits, so sprinkle lightly!
Brussels Sprouts – Packed with protein, vitamins (C, E and K to name a few), fiber, iron, zinc and selenium, brussels sprouts are anti-cancerous and help repair skin damage. They also balance fluid in the body and bolster cell health, so make sure you get a heaping spoonful.
Pumpkin Pie – Most people would claim there’s no Thanksgiving without turkey, but my husband disagrees and says there is no Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie! Arguably one of the best desserts of the holiday, pumpkin pie (which is in the same veggie family as the sweet potato) has a ton of skin-soothing antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, including thiamin, vitamin B-12, riboflavin, folate and niacin. Opt for a homemade version to cut out the saturated fat of prepared pies.
Looking for more healthy eating tips for Thanksgiving? Check out green guru Sophie Uliano’s “Eat This Not That” holiday post (along with a yummy Black Friday recipe for those Thanksgiving leftovers). And if mindful eating is a concern, my favorite spirituality teacher Gabby Bernstein has released this helpful video. Happy Thanksgiving!