Crudités tray of fresh veggies with yogurt dip
Apple-raisin dressing of whole grain bread and bulgur
Mashed sweet potatoes sprinkled with walnuts & flaxseed margarine
Roasted butternut squash, onions, & turnips
Broccoli al dente with fresh lemon
Pumpkin pie (or pudding) topped with pecans
Although holidays are traditionally times of feasting and overindulgence, this year you can at least overindulge in healthy foods. The menu we have put together features the very best of superfoods, yet clings to the traditions we all cherish. Maybe those Pilgrims knew what they were doing, so many years ago.
For munchies ahead of time to calm your appetite, the super food to serve is a crudités tray of colorful fresh vegetables with yogurt dip. Cherry tomatoes, carrots, and red and green bell pepper strips are all loaded with vitamins but low in calories and fat. The yogurt dip has more protein and less fat than dips based on mayonnaise or sour cream.
The foundation of our feast is the time-honored roast turkey. Although talking about nutrition seems a bit pointless as we gorge ourselves at such meals, turkey is a good source of niacin, vitamin B6, phosphorus, and zinc, and a very good source of protein and selenium. It’s relatively low in calories and fat, especially if you pass up the opportunity to eat the crispy skin it develops as it roasts.