As a dietitian, I would never encourage everyone to go strictly vegan or vegetarian. Many people enjoy meat, and that is okay, but research shows that a reduction in animal protein (beef, pork, lamb and processed meats in particular) can improve health, including a reduction in cardiovascular disease, prevention or better management of diabetes, and reduced risk of cancer.
We’ve all heard that the turkey in our Thanksgiving meal makes us sleepy. The theory comes from the fact that turkey contains the amino acid tryptophan that can be converted into several important substances, including serotonin and the hormone melatonin, a popular sleep aid.
Hummus is a great choice for a healthy dip or condiment for sandwiches. Garbanzo beans, or chick peas, are great for an easy snack or a great salad topper. Garbanzo beans are rich sources of protein and fiber to keep you feeling full.