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Thanksgiving options: Hot or Not

    Hot – Pumpkin Spice Latte
    Pumpkin spice lattes are a mix of traditional fall spices with steamed milk and espresso. Fortunately for those who are vegan or lactose-intolerant, pumpkin spice lattes can be made dairy-free with soy or almond. They are also available hot or iced, which is perfect for autumn in Southern California.

    Not – Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew
    Like its name suggests, Starbuck’s Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew can only be served as an iced drink. While it can be enjoyed on a warm fall day, it is not ideal to drink when the weather is cold. In addition, the drink does not have non-dairy alternatives, and cannot be consumed by vegans or those who are lactose intolerant.

    Hot – Sweet Potatoes
    Sweet potatoes are starchy root vegetables that are rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They are also considered as low-glycemic foods that do not cause an instant spike in blood sugar levels, which helps maintain weight efficiently. As a healthier alternative for white potatoes, its melt-in-the-mouth, delicious taste should not be missed this Thanksgiving.

    Not – Mashed Potatoes
    Mashed potatoes are boiled potatoes crushed into a soft mass, typically with the addition of milk and butter. Due to added saturated fat and sodium, they are not as healthy than other types of potato dishes. One should limit their consumption of mashed potatoes, since too much saturated fat can lead to weight gain and higher risks for heart disease.

    Hot – Turkey
    Not only is turkey typically lean, but it contains a large amount of protein. It is also high in micro-nutrients such as potassium. In addition, turkey is low in sodium, saturated fat, and cholesterol. Since turkey contains fewer calories than other meats like beef and ham, it is an important centerpiece of the Thanksgiving meal.

    Not – Ham
    During the smoking process of ham, large amounts of preservatives are added. Ham also contains a large amount of sodium that can increase one’s chances for high blood pressure and heart disease if not consumed in moderation. A single serving of ham contains nearly an entire day’s allowance of sodium.

    Hot – Pumpkin Pie
    When choosing a pie for Thanksgiving dessert, one should opt for the classic pumpkin pie. One slice delivers 250 percent of one’s daily requirement of Vitamin A, which is important for maintaining eye, bone, and skin health. Pumpkin pie also contains two grams of fiber per serving and provides 10 percent of one’s calcium requirement.

    Not – Pecan Pie
    Pecan pie is traditionally made with large amounts of corn syrup or brown sugar which only contributes to a higher number of calories per serving. Additionally, the amount of butter used to make pecan pie contains saturated fats. A slice of pecan pie is also high in sugar and should be eaten in moderation this Thanksgiving.


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