Celebrating a Service Member with an Early Thanksgiving

This weekend I was able to go to a surprise Thanksgiving feast for one of my friends. He is being deployed and will miss Thanksgiving this year. His wife wanted him to be able to have the meal before he left. It was a very special time of celebrating friendship and being able to appreciate Jordan and what he does to protect our country.  It was also put us in the mindset for remembering those who have served us on this Veteran’s Day.

Another fun part of this celebration was helping contribute some of the food. About 20 people came to celebrate and I was in charge of mashed potatoes.  Thankfully my mom stepped up and helped with the peeling. 20 pounds of potatoes takes a long time to peel but it isn’t hard work when you have good conversation to go along with it.

Peeling, cooking and mashing 20 pounds of potatoes got me thinking about how Thanksgiving usually get a bad wrap. I’ve heard it called “carbs-giving” before, but really some of the traditional Thanksgiving foods are full of great nutrients, not to mention delicious.

Sweet potatoes are high in beta-carotene and vitamin C and are full of fiber. Turkey is an excellent lean protein choice. Cranberries have tons of antioxidants, and whole cranberries are a good source of fiber. And last but not least, pumpkin is high in fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C and potassium.

So this year, I am going to embrace the healthy foods on thanksgiving and be thankful for getting to share these foods with family and friends.  I am also going to be thankful for the men and women who serve our country day in and day out.

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