From the monthly archives:

November 2010

It’s that time of year again, time to remember and count our blessings. Giving thanks can cover a lot of territory, everything from being blessed with great family and friends, to our health, (our greatest wealth) and our country.

While sharing and caring is what Thanksgiving is all about, knowing and appreciating the background of the turkey, is also food for thought. Back in the day, the big birds were difficult to catch, very tough and resourceful. So tenacious, that Ben Franklin wanted the turkey to be named our national bird, but as you know, the Bald Eagle won by a beak.

The turkey, as history has taught us, was the main course for the Thanksgiving feast at the first harvest festival, and so it goes that the turkey is king. Not a bad choice considering its pleasant taste, and nutritious qualities. Turkey is low in fat, and a great source of protein, B vitamins, iron, and zinc. It’s also relatively inexpensive.

So enjoy this special holiday, along with all of the great foods that come with it, especially the green bean casseroles, the sweet potatoes, the cranberries, and the apple and pumpkin pies, (also don’t forget my pumpkin cheesecake.)

Top it all off with a hefty dose of gratitude, and your holiday will be complete.

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” ~ Cicero

Have a happy, hearty, and healthy Thanksgiving!

Janet Zappala/Certified Nutritional Consultant/Cookbook Author/Award-Winning Journalist



Stay Healthy This Holiday Season – Part 1

Q. I was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and I am nervous about getting through my first Holiday season. I want to prepare a delicious Thanksgiving for my family, but also need to keep my new food plan in mind. So far, I am doing well, but not sure how to stay on track […]

Read More

Cook With the Kids This Holiday Season~

As a mother myself, I find that cooking with the kids gets them interested in the foods they’re eating. Once they’re engaged in the process they want to learn more and participate, become part of the “team.” I found this with my son who is now a young man, as well as my 13-year old […]

Read More