It’s a beautiful time, with so much to be thankful for. The leaves are changing colors, out come the flannels and sweaters, and new memories of family fun and connection are about to be made. While we all have different things to be thankful for around this time of year, one thing we can all be excited about is the delicious food that stocks our Thanksgiving Day tables. Few things are as enjoyable as a quality Thanksgiving feast, surrounded by friends, family, and delicious dishes.
Did you know that some of those foods can help keep your body healthy? Knowing this can be especially helpful while dealing with Thanksgiving’s unwelcome companion: cold season. We’ve gathered a list of Thanksgiving foods that are rich in antioxidants, helping to support your immune system and fight the effects of free radicals. Grab a cup of seasonal tea, read up, and be ready to eat up these healthy foods this Thanksgiving! Then when you go back for seconds this year, you can make the excuse that you’re just helping out your immune system. It’s for your greater health, right? ;)
1. Gobble Gobble - Low Fat & Zinc-Rich
We’ll start with the one, the only, the centerpiece of almost every American Thanksgiving meal: the turkey! Not only is turkey a relatively low-fat meat, it’s also a rich source of our favorite mineral: zinc. Additionally, Turkey contains the amino acid tryptophan, which supports the immune system and produces serotonin. It also contains selenium, which acts as an antioxidant and immune system supporter, and even benefits thyroid hormone metabolism.
2. Berry Yummy, Berry Nutritious
Cranberry sauce is a staple on many Thanksgiving tables today. You may not have known it until now, but it may be one of the most antioxidant-rich foods on your table this year. Some studies have identified more than two dozen antioxidant phytonutrients in cranberries. And although the sugar may not be the best thing for your health, these little guys sure pack a punch on your behalf!
3. The Sweet Stuff is a Nutrient Casserole
High in vitamin A, vitamins B5 and B6, thiamin, fiber, niacin, riboflavin, and, due to their orange color, carotenoids as well, sweet potatoes are chock full of antioxidants and nutrients! And the natural sweetness of these colorful potatoes makes for some tasty recipes especially appealing to those with a sweet tooth. Who doesn’t love a classic sweet potato casserole? Or, if you’re a more innovative cook, maybe you could introduce some delicious sweet potato fries to the Thanksgiving table! Sweeten things up, it’s healthy (in this case)!
4. Green Beans Beta-Carotene
Do you know what beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin all have in common? They’re all antioxidants that can be found in green beans! They are also a good source of vitamin C and vitamin K. And in addition to adding some help for your immune system, they’re also a relatively low-calorie food, with one cup of cooked green beans only containing about 44 calories. Wow, yet another chief casserole ingredient strutting its stuff in the health department. Go Thanksgiving casseroles!
5. Antioxidants? Just Go Nuts
No, not in that way. Even if cousin Jimmy does drive you a bit bonkers during Thanksgiving dinner prep. We’re talking about pecans here, the antioxidant champion! With nineteen vitamins and minerals, many of which are antioxidants, pecans have the most antioxidant capacity out of all nuts; they even rank among the most antioxidant-rich foods overall! Thanksgiving provides the perfect opportunity to dine on this crunchy snack. Whether you pronounce it “puh-CAN”, “PEE-can”, or “PEE-kahn”, you’re probably familiar with the classic pecan pie. Yumm. Now, while pecan pie might not be the overall healthiest thing in the world, pecans themselves are pretty fantastic!
Whether or not you feel like you’re catching a cold, with Thanksgiving just around the corner, don’t get caught off guard! Nothing ruins a fun family holiday like a poorly timed illness. Be sure you’re stocked up and ready. Our Cold-EEZE lozenges can shorten your cold by up to 42%*! Yes, by nearly half, when taken at the first sign of a cold and used as directed. And our Cold-EEZE plus DEFENSE lozenges can shorten your cold while also promoting immune health! Impressive, we know. Cranberries have nothing on us.
We hope you have a fantastic Thanksgiving surrounded by the friends and family you love (and all of these tasty, antioxidant-rich foods)! We’d love to hear all about it on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
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