Yuck or Yum: Turkey


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).

YY4 - Turkey Sandwich 2 (Ingrid)
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.


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?