Did you know that ninety-five percent of Americans surveyed by the National Turkey
Federation eat turkey at Thanksgiving? Skinless, white meat turkey is a superb lean and
light protein source, so here are some turkey tips:
_ Consider purchasing a fresh turkey from your grocery store. It’s
defrosted and there is no added fat or sodium! (Fresh turkey should be
firm to the touch.)
_ Plan on a half-pound serving per person.
_ Roast your turkey at a minimum oven temp of 325 ºF. A whole turkey
is done when the internal temp reaches 180 ºF.
_ Leave the skin on while roasting, remove before serving.
_ For added color and nutrition in your gravy, roast with added carrots,
celery, onion and garlic. (Baste turkey but try to keep the opening of
the oven door to a minimum.)
_ Lighter gravy recipe:
_ Strain broth from roasting pan and pour into a shallow pan and
freeze for a few minutes.
_ Remove fat layer (fat rises to the top and can be removed with a
kitchen spoon). You can also use a gravy fat separator cup
available at most cooking supply stores.
_ Bring 2 cups of strained and defatted broth to a boil. Dissolve 1
Tbsp corn starch in 2 Tbsp water and add slowly to broth. Bring
back to a boil, remove from stove and serve hot.
A HAPPY and HEALTHY Thanksgiving from all of us at Fitness Together