We are vegetarians and avoid eating meat for health, environment, and animal compassion, but if you must buy a turkey, use these guidelines to buy the safest and healthiest turkey possible.

Most conventional turkeys are full of antibiotic resistant bacteria, hormones, and pesticides, potentially exposing consumers to food borne illnesses, infections, heart disease, and some cancers. To avoid these risks and more, look for a turkey bearing one or more of these labels:

USDA Certified Organic and Non-GMO Verified
Certified Humane
Global Animal Partnership Steps 3 to 5+
Certified Animal Welfare Approved

Also, consider purchasing a smaller turkey, like a heritage bird. USDA estimates at least 35% of turkey meat ends up in trash each year.

Diversify
Have other options such as seafood, salmon, vegan and gluten free entrees. It will more healthy, affordable, lower in calories, earth friendly., and delicious, and you’ll avoid feeling bloated, lethargic, and immersed in food coma for days, not to mention health consequences.

Vegetarian or Vegan Options
Meat has a significantly higher carbon footprint than other protein choices. So consider having a vegetarian or vegan thanksgiving.

Vegetable Focus
Eat your vegetables first and the most. A plate full of veggies is good for your health, waistline, and our planet. And you won’t miss out eating yummy fall foods like squash, pumpkin, turnips, pomegranates, pears, persimmons, etc.

Drink plenty of water before, during, and after the meal.
You can certainly indulge a bit, but also exercise moderation.

 

Happy Thanksgiving to you!