It’s finally Thanksgiving week, and we’re all eagerly anticipating the dinner spread, thinking about all the delicious foods we’re going to eat. However, it’s important to remember not to overindulge in many of our favorites, especially considering health concerns. Traditional dishes, especially in a Black family’s Thanksgiving dinner, are rich in flavor and heritage, but some should be enjoyed in moderation due to their high calorie, sugar, or fat content. Here’s a list of items to be mindful of:
- Mac and Cheese: A creamy and cheesy delight, but high in calories and fat.
- Candied Yams: Deliciously sweet, yet laden with sugar and butter.
- Collard Greens with Ham Hocks: Nutritious greens, but the ham hocks add fat.
- Fried Chicken or Turkey: A festive favorite, but fried foods are higher in calories.
- Cornbread Dressing: Savory and rich, often made with butter and meat.
- Pecan Pie: A sugary and calorie-dense dessert.
- Potato Salad: A classic side, but usually made with mayonnaise and eggs.
- Sweet Potato Pie: Similar to pecan pie in its richness in sugar and fat.
- Pork Sausage Stuffing: Tasty but higher in fat due to the sausage.
- Gravy: Flavorful yet rich, often made from meat drippings.
Balancing these indulgent dishes with healthier options like roasted vegetables, lean cuts of turkey, and fresh salads can help create a more balanced meal. The key is enjoying these traditional flavors in moderation while celebrating with loved ones.