Insider's Viewpoint: Jennifer Egeland, Registered Dietitian, Hen House Markets Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, and food, lots of food! To tip this year’s Thanksgiving to the healthy side of the scale, remember to offer lots of fruits and vegetables – because more matters!


Adding fruits and vegetables to the menu will make your plate colorful and will add vitamins, minerals, water and fiber to the meal. Eating fruits and vegetables will help your body stay healthy and may help to fight off colds and infections that come with the cool fall and winter weather. Eating low calorie fruits and vegetables versus the high calorie foods this holiday season may also help you with your waistline.


Here are some suggestions for the Thanksgiving table:

  • Homemade cranberry relish – grind fresh cranberries, an orange, an apple and a carrot and mix in a little sugar or sweetener to taste.
  • Have a salad bar – include all the favorites as well as unusual items like jicama, water chestnuts, snow peas, cabbage, pomegranate seeds, dried cranberries and Mandarin oranges.
  • Add extra canned or frozen vegetables to your casseroles, soups, stews or rice side dishes.
  • Use a medley of potatoes, sweet potatoes, parsnips and rutabaga.

Suggestions for desserts:

Jennifer Egeland, RD LD
Registered Dietitian
Hen House Markets

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