Superfoods for Thanksgiving

The traditional food choices for Thanksgiving can be very nourishing if the plants were grown in nutrient-rich soil and a suitable climate. Choose the best varieties and recipes to fit modern lifestyles (hint: your grandparents did not sit in front of computers and other devices after dinner) and you’ll enjoy not only the holiday but also be fit the next day.

1) Apples

The very traditional superfood is high in fibre and vitamin C. Choose an heirloom variety from your region for best nutrient value.

2) Cacao (raw)

With its sky-high antioxidant levels, unique phytonutrients, magnesium and sulphur, chocolate is not only healthy but an important part of your diet.

3) Cranberries

This relative of the blueberry with equal anti-oxidant qualities is a good source for vitamins C, E, K as well as manganese and copper.

4) Cinnamon

Excellent anti-oxidant food and great source of calcium, manganese and fibre.

5) Kale and Collard

Deservedly celebrated as one of the top superfood superheroes, these dark green leaves supply vitamins K, C and B6, beta-carotene and manganese

6) Pomegranates

These seeds, which are simultaneously sweet and tart, are bursting with vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium and fibre.

7) Pumpkin

The seeds as well as the fruit contain manganese, zinc, phosphorus, iron and several forms of vitamin E.

8) Quinoa

One of the very few complete proteins, with all nine essential amino acids. The seeds are also loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

9) Rosemary

This lovely herb contains aromatic, antibacterial oils as well as carotenoids and fibre.

10) Sweet Potatoes

Great source of beta-carotene, B-vitamins, vitamin C, manganese, copper and phosphorus. Many nutrients are in the skin (and the edible leaves of the plant).


A nutrient-dense package of omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, copper, manganese and melatonin.

12) Turkey

Organic pasture raised turkey provides folic acid, B-vitamins, zinc, potassium, phosphorus, selenium.