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Tips for Making a Healthy Thanksgiving Turkey

Date: November 17, 2017 | Time: 12:29pm

Thanksgiving is a holiday filled with fun, football, and food. While we all enjoy filling our bellies with the traditional dishes, most of us do not realize that a typical Thanksgiving meal contains 3,000-5,000 calories. That number of calories is more than double what most people should be eating in a day. The food tables may be never-ending, and the drinks may be flowing, but read below for ways to make a healthy Thanksgiving turkey this year.

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

If you are hosting an intimate gathering, purchase a turkey breast instead of a whole bird. The breast meat has fewer calories and fat. Add the turkey breast to a slow cooker with spices and seasonings. You can also add water to retain moisture.

Brine a Turkey

A brine is a basic concoction of salt, water, and aromatics. Throughout brining, the turkey absorbs excess moisture, keeping it moist and juicy both during and after cooking. The salt helps breaks down some of the turkey's muscle proteins, which helps to prevent the meat from getting tough. Even if you overcook the turkey, a brined bird will be juicier than an unbrined bird. Aromatics for the brine include: bay leaves, peppercorns, cloves, juniper berries, all spice berries, orange peels, and lemon peels.

Smoke a Turkey

Smoking is a slow roasting way using low heat and smoke produced from aromatic wood chips. Fire up the grill to 240 degrees. Make sure you remove the giblets and be sure not to stuff a smoked turkey. Rinse, dry, and put the turkey into a roasting pan. Brush the skin lightly with olive oil. Insert an oven-proof thermometer into the thigh. Start the smoking process and relax! Close the smoker and set a timer. Don't open the grill until it's cooked. Smoking adds a deep smoky flavor to the meat and is a healthy alternative to frying!

Stuff the Cavity

If you are roasting your turkey, great creative and stuff the cavity with yellow onions, halved lemons, apples or oranges, garlic, bay leaves, and fresh herbs such as sage, marjoram, thyme, and/or rosemary. This will add plenty of flavor without fat.

Baste

A self-basting turkey is one that has been injected with flavorings, usually containing salt and fat, to create moisture as is roasts. To watch your waistline, avoid a self-based turkey. A healthy alternative would be to baste the turkey with a fat-free chicken broth. You could also baste the turkey with ghee, a clarified butter that is an excellent dairy-free alternative. Ghee tolerates prolonged cooking heat and has therapeutic, healing properties. Add some salt, pepper, lemon juice and paprika to your turkey before putting it in the oven.

Make a Healthy Gravy

If you are looking for a canned variety, many gravies in your supermarket offer a fat-free or gluten-free alternative. Some families prefer making their own gravy that can include mushrooms and onions, with chicken broth, parsley or rosemary, and cornstarch or flour.

Pair with Healthy Sides

Your turkey is the centerpiece of Thanksgiving, but the meal wouldn't be complete without different side dishes. Brussels sprouts could be quickly saut'eed with olive oil and salt. Sweet potatoes can be roasted with cinnamon, nutmeg, and ghee. A green bean casserole can have a panko topping instead of fried onions. Cranberries can be boiled down and honey can be mixed in, as opposed to sugar.

We hope you have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

Visit Sonnier Chiropractic Clinic in Baton Rouge and Zachary. We provide a wide range of wellness services including chiropractic, weight loss, as well as other wellness services and products. Call us today at 225-766-2952 or at our Zachary clinic at (225) 658-1407. You can also find us online at www.SonnChiro.com. We look forward to seeing you healthy!

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THREE WAYS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY CAN BENEFIT FROM AN ACTIVE LIFESTYLE

Date: October 6, 2017 | Time: 2:42pm

. HEALTHY PEOPLE ARE HAPPY PEOPLE: When the whole family becomes active together, there is also a group serotonin response. It is like the entire crew got happy at the same time. Physical workouts have long been accredited with mood stimulation, and you may find that your home is a pretty peaceful place when there has been some sort of physical activity.

. INTERACTION AND COMMUNICATION: While it may be hard to find one single activity that everyone in the family enjoys, it is highly likely that two or three things may be discovered which can involve the whole family. Hiking may not be the right thing for Billy, but he may get excited about water skiing. Mom may enjoy an afternoon of yoga, and if the kids like the gym, then it will be easy to get everyone headed in that direction once or twice a week. By creating new activities, you also open new avenues for communication. It may be hard not to badger the kids about their messy rooms, but if you see the excitement over a new skateboard trick, there is something new and fun to discuss. Instead of telling Jenny to put down her phone and get busy, you may find that she isn't as engrossed in it as she's waiting for you to grab your bag and head to the beach with her. Sometimes just having a new topic to talk about can take the pressure off a strained relationship. If your family time revolves around episodes of your favorite TV shows or the latest version of your new video game, then you may find a whole new level of engagement when Billy does a triple head dive from a water board. You may discover new aspects of your mate's personality when you realize that he loves bicycling and suddenly starts planning trips on weekends to try new trails. Giving the kids a chance to plan a day trip and pack a picnic may bring you to tears over the treats in the picnic basket. Give them the opportunity to make it special for the entire family. You may find that all of you are suddenly excited to be together when it centers around your new favorite activity.

. CHANGE IN SPENDING HABITS: You may end up spending less on health care and more on entertainment. You may not need sleeping pills if you are getting adequate exercise. You may have to get a few new outfits if you all start dropping sizes. You may be shopping differently at the grocery store. Studies show that when people become more active, they also become more motivated to eat properly, which means healthier bodies. This, in turn, could lessen the incidences of sickness and disease. You may find that the kids are going to the sporting goods section instead of the electronics department at the local store.

Being willing to try new things together may be just the ticket for your family this fall. Ask everyone what their one new activity of choice is, and see if you can accommodate them. Sure, your entire family will benefit.

Visit Sonnier Chiropractic Clinic in Baton Rouge and Zachary. We provide a wide range of wellness services including chiropractic, weight loss, as well as other wellness services and products. Call us today at 225-766-2952 or at our Zachary clinic at (225) 658-1407. You can also find us online at www.SonnChiro.com. We look forward to seeing you healthy!

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