Healthy Ways to Prepare a Turkey

Offer a delicious and healthy main course for Thanksgiving this year.

While turkey is usually considered a healthy food – it is naturally low in fat and high in protein – sometimes what we do with it can make it more fattening than needed, especially when we're preparing a Thanksgiving feast. This year, resolve to keep that bird nutritious and free of fatty extras! These guidelines will help you out.

Skipping the Butter

Culprit number one of an unhealthy turkey is all the butter and oil that is used to grease it. There are healthier alternatives if you're willing to look. While imitation butter can work, you can also look into oils that have more good fats (monounsaturated) and less bad ones (saturated and trans fats). Experiment with these options on smaller meals to find the one your family likes best.

Skipping the Salt

Step two is banishing the salt from your bird. Too much sodium is not good for the cardiovascular system. At the very least, allow your guests to salt their own meals at the table. You can also consider other seasonings that may offer a new twist on your Thanksgiving meal. Black pepper and garlic are good, safe choices, but you can get a little experimental by venturing out with other herbs, such as rosemary, marjoram, or thyme.

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