Magazine article Dance Spirit

Eat YOUR HEART OUT

Magazine article Dance Spirit

Eat YOUR HEART OUT

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Thanksgiving dinner is one of those moments where it's more than okay to help yourself to everything. And you shouldn't feel guilty, either-your dinner plate is packed with nutritional goodness that'll keep your body in tip-top dancing shape. Dance Spirit spoke with Peggy Swistak, MS, RDN, CD, of Pacific Northwest Ballet, about the bountiful benefits of the most popular turkey-day dishes.

Turkey

A small portion of white meat turkey (sans skin) is packed with healthy, low-fat protein that'll give you the energy boost * ** you need to hit the studio post-holiday.

Veggies

If there are green vegetables on the table, Swistak encourages you to load up your plate! "Green veggies are filled with polyphenols," she says. These compounds, which are found in natural plant sources, have been proven to reduce inflammation and help prevent cancer. Don't know which veggies to pick? According to Swistak, one delicious option is steamed Brussels sprouts-they're a great source of immune-system-boosting antioxidants and vitamin C. …

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