Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Paddling and Gobbling

 I can't believe it's already Thanksgiving. 

This year the hubs and I are taking full advantage of autumn in the land of palm tress by participating in the Turkey Trot, Florida-style.  

Instead of running a 5K or 10K, we will be paddle boarding in a two mile race. 

It doesn't sound that far, but the race begins at 7:30 a.m. and it's been a bit chilly down here, so I think battling hypothermia may make the race a bit more intense :)

We have the fitness in, so we can indulge a bit later.  

There's nothing this girl love more than a good carb and comfort foods.  But if you know me, you know I am a vegetarian most of the time, and a pescatarian some of the time.  

Either way, no turkey. 

I believe my lack of love for the meat stems from a Thanksgiving years back.  I think I was about five, and we were celebrating Thanksgiving when someone mentioned there was a "big bird in the oven." My little ears heard "big bird" and I burst into tears, believing Big Bird was roasting. 

Basically me. 
No more meat for me. 

If turkey is for you, please note the benefits of gobble:

- Turkey offers more protein per portion than chicken, beef or pork.  It is also easily digestible, making it perfect for those with sensitive GI systems and those that are older. 

- Turkey has less total fat than other meats, including chicken.

- Turkey's white meat is also low in calories.

Please remember portion control.
 (plus the more you have left over, the less you need to cook the days following!) 

The traditional foods we eat, obviously weren't exactly what the Pilgrims ate.  
(Sorry, no pumpkin pie at the first Thanksgiving).  

While they most likely ate turkey, records show they also ate venison (also a great protein source, low in saturated fat), fish and lobster (remember, they were on the coast). 

Most likely I will go in the direction of the sea and make healthier crab cakes. 

From Skinny Taste: the recipe
Recipe note: I use breadcrumbs instead of crackers. They tend to be less processed.

These are so delicious and perfect to eat everyday, by adding on salad, in a pita or along with roasted veggies. 

Hope you all enjoy your Thanksgiving.  Indulge a bit, but remember what the day is about. 

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