Three Thanksgiving Superfoods
As you celebrate a traditional American day dedicated to gratitude, with your family-- don’t forget how much your body appreciates our super seasonal bounty. Some highlights of our traditional Thanksgiving Superfood celebration include:
Originally used by the First Nations of North America for urinary tract infections, cranberries and cranberry juice (the real deal, not the sugar-laden stuff most grocery stores dispense) are serious Superfoods. According to researchers at the Alliance City Hospital in Ohio, cranberries contain compounds that prevent E. coli bacteria from sticking to the walls of the urinary tract making it easier to be flushed out of the body. Cranberries and pure cranberry juice also appears to flush fat, toxins, and debris from the body’s lymphatic system—a network of vessels and fluid that operates like an internal street-sweeper.
High in beta carotene, C, and B6, as well as potassium, iron, and magnesium, sweet potatoes are naturally delicious and nutritionally superior to white potatoes. Their rich orange color indicates that they too are high in beta carotene which is the precursor to vitamin A in your body and necessary for healthy skin, hair, and immunity.
Multiple Sprouts of Goodness
Brussels sprouts are high in Vitamin A which is key for healthy vision, cell growth and a strong healthy immune system. They contain contain Potassium which lowers risk of heart disease, cancer and obesity. Brussels sprouts are high in Calcium which strengthens teeth and bones – and helps prevent osteoporosis. They have Folacin (Folic Acid) which helps produce healthy red blood cells and prevent anemia.
AND, if that isn’t enough- brussels sprouts are high in Vitamin C which helps boost the immune system, protect against cardiovascular disease, eye disease and even wrinkles!
Indulge yourself in healthful food and enjoy this wonderful day with your family. I know I will.