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Can you believe that Thanksgiving is only two weeks away? It is unbelievable, how this year has flown by. We have been having a great time here at Health and Safety Source, bringing you tips, advice, information and links that have hopefully provided you with a healthier and safer lifestyle.
Today we’d like to offer up some helpful tips to assure that you and your family enjoy a healthy and safe Thanksgiving holiday. Times have really changed as far as our eating habits, and they’ve changed in a good way. You can still enjoy a great holiday meal without increasing your health risk and your waist line.
Below are a couple of healthy eating and cooking tips for your holiday meal:
- Use skim milk and low-fat dairy products in your recipes. There is also an abundance of low-fat cheeses, cheese slices and cheese spreads available in grocery stores.
- Trim the visible fat off of meats.
- Remove skin from poultry.
- Prepare meats in ways that reduce the fat content, like broiling, stewing, or baking.
- Drain the excess fat off of meats after cooking. Cook meats on a rack so fat can drip away.
- Cool soups, gravies, and stews before serving to enable removal of hardened fat that has collected on top.
- Don’t smother vegetables in butter or heavy sauces. Use herbs like rosemary and thyme to add flavor instead.
- Grill vegetables rather than boiling to retain nutritional value.
- Cranberries are a great source of vitamin C. Unfortunately, much of this is lost in the canning process, so use fresh cranberries to make your own homemade cranberry sauce.
- Heavy desserts don’t have to be the norm. Even though you will have to have a slice of pecan pie, serve angel food cake, which contains zero fat, with fresh fruit rather than a table full of calorie-filled desserts.
Of course, we would be remiss in our mission as a source of first aid and safety products and services if you we didn’t add some travel safety advice. You have heard it all before, we are sure, but we’ll still repeat it. Don’t drink and drive, don’t text and drive, there will be far more traffic during the holidays and you are much more likely to get into an accident. Practice safe and courteous driving, and be sure to pack a first aid kit! You would be surprised at the number of people you will find on the road who do not carry a first aid kit, so make sure you have one, not just for you and your family, but in case you run across a fellow traveler who is in danger.