Stuffing is the bread and butter of the Thanksgiving season, and that’s basically all it is: bread and butter … two things we are constantly being told to cut back on. You can make a few easy changes that you can make to create a stuffing that is not only healthier, but also has a richer flavor. Changing from white bread to whole grain bread will not just provide more fiber and nutrients, but also a toasty nutty taste. Or switching half of the butter for olive oil adds some heart-healthy fats while cutting back on the not so healthy saturated fat. You can also add any vegetable, nuts, seeds or seasonal fruit to your stuffing too. This recipe calls for wild mushrooms, but you can also try it with some chopped apple, shredded carrot, dried cranberry, walnuts or a mix of all of them!
Soon it will be time to gather and celebrate the harvest and other blessings of the past year. While it’s also a time to shop, prep, cook, bake, share and enjoy great food, Thanksgiving can also be an excuse to overeat.
Here are some tips to get through late November without becoming as stuffed as the turkey:
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.
Each month, we weigh in on a health and wellness myth and explain the real cause behind the malady.
This month’s misconception: Turkey makes you sleepy
We all know the saying that turkey will make you sleepy on Thanksgiving, but is there any science behind the claim?