5 Thanksgiving Foods to Keep You Healthy November 27, 2013 Cole The Thanksgiving holiday is just around the corner. And for many people, it’s difficult to be anything but excited for this joyous time, celebrating the abundance of life, friends, and family. But those of us trying to be health-conscious and maintain some semblance of fitness during the winter months may approach the big meal with a bit of dread. The truth is, it’s easy to fixate on the amount of weight we’re going to gain by indulging in yummy Thanksgiving foods. We’ve all done it at one point or another. But did you know that some of those classic Thanksgiving foods that your taste buds love also have some amazing benefits for your body and, more specifically, your skin? We know that the holidays can mean compromises for your health. That’s why Cole Aesthetic Center has put together this list of 5 surprising Thanksgiving power foods that can help keep you healthy, without taking anything away from this delicious tradition. Special Reminder: Our offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday of this week in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. We’ll respond to all inquiries as soon as possible when we return next week! 5 Healthy Thanksgiving Foods Pumpkin That bright orange color is the first sign that pumpkins are rich in antioxidants. The orange hue is due to high levels of beta carotene, a powerful antioxidant. This gets converted to vitamin A which neutralizes nasty free radicals, prevents wrinkles, and keeps our skin youthful and moisturized. Pumpkin is also packed with vitamin C, another skin-saving antioxidant that protects collagen and keeps our immune system in tip top shape. Sweet Potatoes In one sweet potato, you’ll find more than 200% of the recommended daily value of vitamin A. That means this power food promotes the growth of new skin cells and increases the rate at which it happens – leaving you with a gorgeous, glowing complexion! One sweet potato also delivers three grams of fiber – which will help keep your digestive system happy and healthy – along with vitamin B6, which has been shown to decrease risk of heart attack and stroke. Cranberries You know about “superfoods,” but many people seem to forget that cranberries are one of them! Among other nutrients, these tart little wonders are packed full of antioxidant phenols. Thanks to high concentrations of helpful nutrients like resveratrol, selenium, and vitamins A, C, and E, cranberries not only have infection-fighting properties that help prevent urinary tract infections, ulcers, and gum disease… they’ve also been shown to prevent heart disease and certain types of cancers. Cinnamon Did you know that cinnamon’s bark has been used for medicinal purposes since ancient Egyptian times? In medieval times, doctors used cinnamon to treat a variety of common conditions like coughing, sore throats, and even arthritis. As one of the strongest antioxidant spices, this versatile spice has some very real health benefits. Cinnamon boasts a diverse portfolio of healthy nutrients, including polyphenols, fiber, calcium, iron, and manganese. Numerous studies show that cinnamon can regulate blood sugar, reduce LDL cholesterol levels, and help prevent and fight against infections. Red Wine If your family is like most, it’s not a holiday without wine! As it helps you deal with your parents, kids and other relatives, wine can help keep you healthy as well! Red wine is bursting with the antioxidant resveratrol that has been shown to increase levels of “good” cholesterol, protect arteries from damage, and stave off weight gain. So drink up – responsibly, of course! Remember: Just because these Thanksgiving foods are on the menu doesn’t mean you should eat yourself into a food coma. Moderating your calorie consumption while weaving these power foods into your big meal is the perfect recipe for health this holiday season! Fill out the form below or call us at 360.613.2600 to learn more about how Cole Aesthetic Center can help boost your health and happiness this holiday season.