What would Thanksgiving be without that famous bird the turkey?!
It sure is delicious, but what about nutritious?
Here is a breakdown of the nutrients this Thanksgiving favorite has to offer:
Serving: 3 ounces (no skin)
Calories: white meat~125 calories; dark meat~147 calories
Fat: white meat~2 grams; dark meat~5 grams
Protein: white meat~26 grams; dark meat~24 grams
Carbohydrate: 0 grams for both white and dark meat
Vitamins and Minerals: B-6, B-12, Niacin, Choline, Selenium, and Zinc. All important to keep your immune system strong!
For patients going through cancer treatment, turkey provides a good source of protein to help rebuild your muscles and stabilize your weight. It also provides a good variety of vitamins and minerals to support your immune system.
If you are having trouble chewing or swallowing foods such as turkey, try the sauce recipe listed below to help moisten the turkey to make it a little easier to swallow as well as more tasty!
Basic White Sauce
1 cup of whole milk
2 tablespoons of any kind of oil or butter
2 to 3 tablespoons of flour
- Mix the flour and oil or butter in a saucepan.
- Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until the mixture is smooth and bubbly.
- Remove from heat. Stir in the milk. Boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
- After a few minutes, it will begin to thicken. The more flour you add, the thicker the sauce will be.
Variation: to make a basic brown sauce, substitute ⅔ cup of low-sodium beef or chicken broth for the milk
Thank you so much for following along on our Thanksgiving and Cancer blog posts. I hope these tips and recipes will help to make your Thanksgiving more nutritious and tasty.
Happy Thanksgiving to you!