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The Ins and Outs of Vitamins: Thanksgiving Meal

November 13, 2013

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Many of your favorite Thanksgiving foods are actually "super foods" and are packed with vitamins and minerals.

When you think of Thanksgiving, what foods come to mind? Turkey? Sweet potatoes? Cranberries? Pumpkin? All of these foods, in moderation, are not only delicious, but healthy and nutritious!

The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids lists what vitamins are hiding in your Thanksgiving meal and what they are good for!

The Ins and Outs of Vitamins: Thanksgiving Meal

Vitamin A
What it does:
• Good for your eyesight
• Helps you see in the dark
• Helps fight infections
• Helps bone growth
Where it hides: milk, cheese, eggs, liver, fish oil, yellow fruits, dark-green & yellow veggies.
Where it is in your Thanksgiving Meal: collard greens, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, mac n’ cheese, apple pie, pumpkin pie

B Vitamins
What it does:
• Help make red blood cells
• Help make energy and release it
Where it hides: whole grains (wheats and oats), fish and seafood, meat, poultry, eggs, dairy products, leafy green veggies, beans and peas, citrus fruits
Where it is in your Thanksgiving Meal: ham, turkey breast, fruit salad with citrus fruits

Vitamin C
What it does:
• Keeps gums and muscles healthy
• Helps heal cuts
• Helps body resist infection
Where it hides: citrus fruits and juices, berries, tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, potatoes, cauliflower, cantaloupe
Where it is in your Thanksgiving Meal: collard greens, green bean casserole, brussel sprouts, cranberry sauce, apple pie

Vitamin D
What it does:
• Makes strong bones and teeth
Where it hides: milk, egg yolks, fish
Where it is in your Thanksgiving Meal: Some people put milk in their sweet potato and green bean casseroles

Vitamin E
What it does:
• Helps make red blood cells
• Keeps tissues in eyes, skin, and liver healthy
• Protects lungs from pollution
Where it hides: whole grains (wheat and oats), wheat germ, leafy green veggies, sardines, nuts, egg yolks
Where it is in your Thanksgiving Meal: whole grain rolls, leafy green salad

Vitamin K
What it does:
• Enables blood to clot
Where it hides: leafy green veggies, pork, liver, dairy products
Where it is in your Thanksgiving Meal: collard greens, dishes that contain dairy products


 

For some Thanksgiving recipes, visit Almanac.com/ComfortFoodRecipes!

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