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Nourishing Your Body: Healthy Food Choices for Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving is a time of gratitude, celebration, and gathering with loved ones. While it's tempting to indulge in traditional dishes loaded with butter, sugar, and excess calories, it's essential to remember that your health should remain a priority, even during the holiday season. As chiropractic care promotes overall well-being, we believe that making smart food choices during Thanksgiving can help you maintain a healthy body and spine. In this blog, we'll explore some nutritious and delicious options to include on your Thanksgiving table.

  1. Turkey: The star of the Thanksgiving feast, turkey is a lean protein source that's rich in essential amino acids and vitamins like B6 and niacin. Opt for white meat over dark meat to reduce saturated fat intake. Roasting your turkey with herbs and spices can add flavor without extra calories.

  2. Sweet Potatoes: Swap traditional candied yams for roasted sweet potatoes. These are packed with fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants. Drizzle them with a little olive oil and sprinkle some cinnamon for a sweet, healthier side dish.

  3. Cranberries: Cranberries are rich in antioxidants and vitamin C. Instead of sugary cranberry sauce, make your own cranberry relish with orange zest and a touch of honey or maple syrup. It's a tangy and healthy alternative.

  4. Green Vegetables: Include a variety of green vegetables like Brussels sprouts, green beans, and asparagus on your Thanksgiving menu. Roasting or steaming them with minimal butter or olive oil maintains their nutritional value.

  5. Quinoa Stuffing: Traditional stuffing can be heavy and high in calories. Try a quinoa-based stuffing with vegetables, nuts, and dried fruits. Quinoa is a complete protein and provides essential amino acids.

  6. Pumpkin: Pumpkin is a superfood filled with beta-carotene and fiber. Skip the sugary pumpkin pie and opt for a homemade pumpkin soup or a crustless pumpkin custard.

  7. Homemade Gravy: Make your own gravy using the pan drippings from your turkey and low-sodium broth. This way, you can control the salt content and avoid unnecessary additives.

  8. Whole Wheat Rolls: Instead of white rolls, choose whole wheat rolls or bread. They are higher in fiber and nutrients and can help you feel full with smaller portions.

  9. Portion Control/Moderation: If you've been to the office recently, you know Dr. Dugger's favorite meal is Snicker Salad. While this is obviously not a healthy choice, he makes it a point to only take a small amount (most of the time). One of the key principles of maintaining a healthy spine and body is controlling your portions. Avoid overeating by using smaller plates, taking more time to eat your meal, and listening to your body's hunger cues.


Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude and celebration, and it's also an opportunity to make mindful food choices that align with your overall health goals. Incorporating these healthier food options into your Thanksgiving feast can help you enjoy the holiday without compromising your well-being. Remember, a healthy body, including a healthy spine, is a foundation for a happy and pain-free life. From all of us at Cedar Valley Chiropractic, we wish you a joyful and healthy Thanksgiving!


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