While bounty is certainly a reason for gratitude this Thanksgiving, so is good health – and maintaining a healthy weight and exercising have been linked to a lower risk of cancer and diabetes.
According to the Calorie Control Council
, the average American more than doubles their daily calorie intake on Thanksgiving, eating 3,000 calories during the holiday dinner – and on top of that, chewing through 1,500 calories of appetizers, dips, chips, drinks and other nibbles before and after the main course.
If you’re looking for places to reduce the day's calorie budget, those 1,500-appetizer calories seem like a good place to start. Consider a delicious alternative from Nathan Lyon
, celebrity chef and author of “Great Food Starts Fresh
.” His butternut squash soup is an excellent starter; it's packed with vegetables, as well as a pair of superfoods: cinnamon and pomegranate.
City of Hope superfoods research
has found that pomegranates appear to contain six potential breast-cancer fighting compounds, in addition to being packed with antioxidants. Scientists here are also studying the potential for cinnamon extracts to be used to block tumors from creating blood vessels to feed themselves. These flavorful, healthy additions have also shown promise in the laboratory to combat tumors – another reason to be grateful.
In addition to choosing a healthier start to your Thanksgiving festivities, consider capping off your meal with a walk.
Here is Chef Lyon’s soup recipe from his acclaimed cookbook.