Thanksgiving is just weeks away, so if you haven’t already booked your travel plans and set your menu then now is a pretty good time to get busy. After all, you’ve been looking forward to this holiday meal all year, and before you know it, the intoxicating smell of fresh roast turkey and stuffing and apple pie and sweet potato casserole and green beans (can you tell we’re a little excited?) will be flooding your home and your senses. Since turkey is the centerpiece of any Thanksgiving table, it’s important to know how to do it right, and ideally how to prepare your turkey in a healthy way so you don’t waste all your daily calorie allowance on one piece of bird. Enter this healthy turkey recipe guide, so your turkey can steal the show without ruining your diet.
It’s no secret that kitchens all across the country will be roasting up turkeys come November 23rd. According to the National Turkey Foundation, reported by Fox News, in 2016 Americans consumed 46 million turkeys on Thanksgiving alone, which is about 20% of all turkey consumption that takes place in the United States in a single year.
And here’s the good news from a health perspective: turkey is actually a really nutritious source of protein, so you can enjoy a generous serving with a lot of gratitude and without the guilt. The USDA states that turkey, especially turkey breast, is low in calories, low in fat, high in protein and high in iron. So, we’ve established that this poultry meat itself is good for you, which means that the real challenge is finding a healthy way to prepare your bird.
Experts (aka your mother/grandmother/friend/local chef) all have differing opinions on the best way to roast a turkey. Which means that there really isn’t a right or wrong way to do it, just different techniques that yield different results and benefits. But if you want to make a healthy Thanksgiving turkey that is not lacking in flavor, but is lacking excess fat, then there are certain guidelines you should follow.
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