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A small portion of white meat turkey
(sans skin) is packed with healthy, low-fat
protein that’ll give you the energy boost
you need to hit the studio post-holiday.
If there are green vegetables on the
table, Swistak encourages you to load
up your plate! “Green veggies are filled
with polyphenols,” she says. These
compounds, which are found in natural
plant sources, have been proven to
reduce inflammation and help prevent
cancer. Don’t know which veggies to
pick? According to Swistak, one delicious
option is steamed Brussels sprouts—they’re a great
source of immune-system–boosting antioxidants and
vitamin C, and filled with fiber to help regulate your
digestive system. Green beans are another tasty
low-calorie, high-fiber choice.
Sweet potatoes hit the spot, and
Swistak encourages dancers to enjoy
one: “A roasted or baked sweet potato
is high in fiber, antioxidants and vitamin
A.” White potatoes are another great
option. They’re filled with potassium to
help promote muscle strength and
bone health. Make sure to keep the
skin on—it’s full of nutrients, too.
According to Swistak, a scoop of
homemade cranberry sauce goes a
long way. This superfood is a great
source of vitamin C and antioxidants.
It’s not Thanksgiving without dessert!
Swistak recommends pumpkin pie,
which is lower in fat than other pie
varieties and high in vitamin A and fiber.
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DID YOU KNOW?
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How Thanksgiving dinner can up your nutritional game
Thanksgiving dinner is one of those moments where it’s more than okay to help yourself to everything.
And you shouldn’t feel guilty, either—your dinner plate is packed with nutritional goodness that’ll keep your body
in tip-top dancing shape. Dance Spirit spoke with Peggy Swistak, MS, RDN, CD, of Pacific Northwest Ballet, about
the bountiful benefits of the most popular turkey-day dishes.