Submitted by: Karlyle Lim, Dietetic Intern
To finish out the series, we’ll end with health benefits of greens galore. The most popular Thanksgiving side dishes incorporate any combination of Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and string beans. This includes everything from casseroles, to barely blanched sides, to oven-roasted dishes. However you prepare it, these greens pack a nutritional punch.
Along with being low in fat and sodium as well as containing no cholesterol, here are a few more nutrients you can find in greens.
- Vitamin C: good for strengthening your immune system and for would healing
- Vitamin K: important for proper blood clotting and bone health
- Vitamin A: good for improving vision and fighting illness
- Folate: important for nerve function and red blood cell production
- Fiber: promotes regular bowels, helps control blood sugar, and maintains satiety
- Potassium: helps regulate blood pressure and is involved in muscle contraction
No matter what you prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, just remember to be mindful about the food choices you use to color you plate!
Have a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!