The Thanksgiving Meal Is Packed With Vitamins

Giving You Even More Reason to Be Thankful

Nov 21, 2017
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When you think of Thanksgiving, what foods come to mind? Turkey? Sweet potatoes? Cranberries? Pumpkin? All of these colorful foods, in moderation, are not only delicious, but healthy and nutritious!

Yep, many of your favorite Thanksgiving foods are actually “super foods” and are packed with vitamins and minerals. So now we have even more reasons to be thankful! 

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

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 potatoes, green bean casserole, mac n’ cheese, apple pie, pumpkin pie

Let’s highlight that pumpkin pie! Pumpkin is especially packed with vitamin A which is great for your peepers, so enjoy that brightly colored fruit (yes, it’s really a fruit)!

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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: turkey breast, ham, fruit salad with citrus fruits

Most of you are probably having turkey breast. It’s packed with vitamins B6 and B12 as well as nutrients including niacin, selenium, and zinc. Plus, turkey breast meat is one of the leanest proteins around!

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Photo credit: Brent Hofacker

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.

Not only do cranberries deliver vitamin C, but they’re serious superfoods that with antioxidants that boost your health and ward off disease.

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Photo credit: Anna Shepulova/shutterstock

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

Those are the ins and outs of vitamins in your Thanksgiving meal!  Enjoy the feast! 

Find lots of yummy Thanksgiving recipes here.

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