Yuck or Yum: Turkey

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Nothing says Happy Holidays like a giant golden bird in the middle of the dining table waiting to be shared among my closest family and friends.  Believe it or not, turkey and I have a fantastic relationship. My taste buds approve of this Thanksgiving Butterball and my life is so much easier because of it. I actually feel sustained during holiday feasts rather than being in my normal hangry tizzy during dinner events. It’s also the only meat I eat in cold cut form – no ham, roast beef, chicken or pastrami, just turkey  – which means I have a go-to sandwich option (if you consider turkey and white bread a sandwich).

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My definition of a turkey sandwich (thanks, Jimmy Johns!)

Side note: Can you imagine if turkey didn’t exist and I refused to eat sandwiches? I can’t. I would have starved before pre-game meals in college and would be forced to avoid business lunches like a cat avoids water. Actually, I would probably skip lunch altogether because it’s my least favorite meal of the day. I also don’t enjoy breakfast foods. So my first real meal of the day would be dinner, which I would probably eat with my grandma at 4pm. She would enjoy that. But seriously, thank goodness for turkey.

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Needless to say, I am thankful for turkey.

I am thankful for turkey because it gives me a slice of normalcy. Let’s be real, life without sandwiches would be hard.

I am thankful for turkey for because I love napping. Supposedly, turkey meat contains tryptophan, which our bodies use to produce serotonin that helps regulate sleep. Even though tryptophan is found in other foods, it’s most commonly blamed on turkey (probably because it’s consumed in large quantities on Thanksgiving). Some people say this is a hoax, but I believe it. I can’t keep my eyes open after turkey feasts no matter how hard I try. The fact that I eat 2-3 helpings instead of my normal, lone serving is beside the point…

I am thankful for turkey because it means family. Turkey brings my family together for the holidays. Nothing can beat that!

Happy Turkey Day, everyone!

Pickin’ Your Brain:

  • What is your favorite thing to eat on Thanksgiving?

Feedback Friday: How to Make Holiday Eating Better

PrintCan you believe the holidays are already here? It seems like this year has flown by. Thanksgiving is next week, people! Mitch and I are taking a quick pit stop in Boulder to spend Turkey Day with part of his family before traveling to Madison to be with mine. I’ve never been to Colorado – well, I drove through it on my move to Las Vegas – so I am excited to spend a few days exploring the Centennial State. I’m looking forward to spending time with both of our families and can’t wait to watch the Bears beat the Packers while I’m wrapped up in a blanket, sipping hot chocolate on the couch.

Believe it or not, some parts of the holidays aren’t always this delightful.

Let’s be real – food is the main attraction during most holiday festivities. Everyone enjoys sharing turkey legs, creamed corn casserole, pumpkin pie, and other holiday specialties with friends and family, right? WRONG! This is not a picky eater’s cup of cheer; this is more like a picky eater’s nightmare before Christmas. Why is the dining room table always filled with traditional holiday recipes instead of delicious picky approved plates that everyone will enjoy?

In my picky world, the Native Americans served prime rib, macaroni and cheese, and tomato soup for the Pilgrims in November 1621. That definitely beats turkey, cranberry sauce, and mashed sweet potatoes for a Thanksgiving feast…

Despite our best attempts, most picky eaters attend traditional holiday feasts rather than those that cater our picky taste buds. So, what can you do to make holiday eating better?

1. Be polite. Say “yes, please”, or more commonly, “no, thank you.” Don’t be rude or make faces when the bowl of stuffing lands in front of your face. Just say, “no, thank you” and move on.

2. Be honest. Sometimes it’s not bad for others to know about your quirky eating habits. It reduces your stress of trying to keep it hidden and can be a great conversation starter. What says holiday banter like “you don’t like mashed potatoes and gravy?” anyways?

3. Be proactive. Similar to a dinner party, you cannot control what is served at holiday celebrations away from home (and sometimes even in your own). I’m a guest in Mitch’s Aunt’s kitchen this year for Thanksgiving – I’ve never tasted her cooking nor have my picky taste buds approved it – but I’ve been in situations like this before.  It’s stressful to adjust to unfamiliar aromas and avoid unusual plates. Instead of fretting, why not bring a little piece of home with you? Offer to make something for the holiday feast. It’s a nice gesture and guarantees that you have something to eat!

4. Be merry. Like any invitation to dine out, eat something before you go. There is nothing worse than sitting through a holiday feast when your blood-sugar level is plummeting and you are surrounded by food you won’t eat. Don’t be a grumpy grinch – grab a bite beforehand so you can enjoy yourself throughout the celebration without worry.

5. Be adventurous (optional). Try something new. Why not? The holidays are the season of giving so why not give your taste buds a taste of something new? From one picky eater to another…good luck!

Pickin’ Your Brain:

  • What worries you most about this year’s holiday feasts?
  • How do you make holiday eating better?
  • What are your plans for Thanksgiving?