Turkey is a good choice of meat for any meal. Not just for Thanksgiving, turkey can be enjoyed year ‘round. Not only as a main dish, but it can be added to chili, soup or stew as well. I love turkey sandwiches and turkey salad for an alternative to my regular favorite, chicken.
Turkey is a good source of protein. Essential for the building blocks of our cells, we need protein at every meal. However, it’s best to choose sources that are low in saturated fat. That’s why turkey is such a favorite among women who are watching their weight.
It is thought that eating turkey may help to protect against free radicals associated with cancer. This is because of the selenium found in turkey. Certainly its strong values of vitamin B3 can help to lower cholesterol, protect and preserve healthy skin and improve brain function.
A good source of vitamin B6, eating turkey is an excellent way to stay in shape. With an active women’s fitness program, turkey consumption can help to maintain muscle tone, and aid in the production of anti-bodies and red blood cells that are fundamental for normal cell growth.
Turkey contains folic acid, zinc and potassium, nutrients that have been found to protect against birth defects, heart disease, and tissue degeneration. That’s why turkey is such a good choice for women. Plus, turkey is very filling and satisfying even with a 4 oz serving.
Portion control is key to maintaining or losing weight. Good food choices that are nutrient rich are important because you need to get all of the benefits that food offers without all the worries of excess fat or calories.
Turkey contains the amino acid tryptophan, responsible for that drowsy feeling that is sometimes associated with eating turkey. It’s one of the reasons most people need a little nap after the traditional Thanksgiving feast. Of course, those large servings of food and the over indulgence are also reasons to make people become sluggish after one of those big meals. All jokes aside, tryptophan boosts immune functions and can help to fight certain cancer cells.
If you don’t want to prepare an entire turkey, consider preparing a turkey breast once a week or so. You can serve it as a main dish, and then use it for sandwiches, salads and soups during the week. This can make for several inexpensive, healthy meals that will taste great.
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