The Health Benefits of Turkey

Posted by Jennifer (the student) on November 23, 2012

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Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  I think the reason I love Thanksgiving is because it is a relaxed holiday centered on a great meal shared with family and friends. Another reason to love Thanksgiving is the leftover turkey.

After indulging in turkey, you can feel good about its health benefits. Turkey is a good source of protein and essential amino acids. Lean, white turkey meat is low in calories, sodium, cholesterol and saturated fat compared to other meats.

Benefits:

  • Helps to maintain healthy function of thyroid and immune system with selenium.
  • Boosts antioxidant defense system by helping to eliminate cancer-friendly free radicals with selenium.
  • Promotes in the formation of red blood cells with the vitamins B6 and B12.
  • Maintains healthy brain function and normal nerve function with vitamin B6.
  • Helps to break down and digest protein with vitamin B6.
  • Lowers bad cholesterol with vitamin B3.
  • Improves mood and promotes sleep with the amino acid tryptophan.
  • Promotes cell and tissue repair and growth with zinc and selenium.
  • Improves blood flow with arginine.

With a little imagination your leftover turkey will be gone in no time. Turkey can be used in sandwiches, soups, salads, omelets, curries, potpies and casseroles. Naturally low in fat and calories turkey is a healthy addition to your diet year round.

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My Easy Turkey Wrap

Posted by Jennifer (The RD) on October 10th, 2012

This is a really easy turkey wrap.  Because I am always short on time, I  use the roasted peppers and sandwich spread for several days for sandwiches at lunch…I just change the bread or protein item.  🙂

INGREDIENTS:

  • ½ sheet of  lavash (can by them pre-cut at some places)
  • 1 TB of garlic mayo spread (blend together in a Cuisinart or blender, ½ cup of mayonnaise, 1 finely minced clove of garlic and 1 TB of green goddess herbs or your other salt free herb mix…you can use this for sandwiches all week)
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 3 TB roasted red peppers (I roasted mine myself but you could use the ones from the jar)
  • 2 -3 oz. sliced turkey

 

Spread the garlic mayo onto the bread. Layer the spinach, red peppers, and turkey on top of each other.  Wrap like a burrito and enjoy

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