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Ideas for a better Turkey on Thanksgiving

Ideas for a better Turkey on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is super special and is characterized by the typical Thanksgiving dish: baked turkey. Although it seems easy enough, a little practice is needed to know the cooking times, the best condiments, etc.

When you don’t have that acquired practice or time to produce your Turkey plans you can always turn to your friendly Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa or simply read on and discover the best tips for a perfect baked turkey, today.

Choose a fresh turkey
Whenever you can, select the freshest turkey on the market. During freezing, ice crystals damage some of the turkey’s muscle cells. When thawed and baked, this makes the meat dry more easily, and nobody wants that!

How to calculate quantities?
The ratio of 1 pound of turkey to 1 person never fails. If you have many guests, avoid buying a larger turkey. Instead, choose 2 smaller turkeys that will be easier to handle, transport and cook, and bake more evenly.

Avoid stuffing the turkey
Unless it’s a deep-rooted tradition in your family, it’s best to avoid baking a stuffed turkey. This increases the chances of uneven cooking and cooking time. An alternative option is to make the stuffing separately in another baking dish and then join them together.

For frozen turkeys, add more time
Forgetting a recipe step in a day with so many activities and things to organize is quite common. So if you forgot to thaw the turkey the night before, don’t despair. All you have to do is increase the cooking time according to the size of the turkey and add 50% more time. And just as it thaws, add the condiments.

Cover with butter and herbs
For a crisp skin on the outside and tender flesh on the inside, rub some thyme and other herbs under and over the skin. Also put butter between the skin and meat and add a little salt and oil. This is the secret to a perfect turkey.

Use a baked meat thermometer
You want the recipe to be perfect? Then invest in a good quality thermometer to avoid dry or burnt meat. The ideal temperature is to bake the turkey at 170º C. To ensure good cooking, insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh.

Choosing the right position
Put the turkey along with the legs pointing to the back of the oven. Reason? It’s the part of the turkey that takes the longest to cook, and it’s usually the area of the oven that heats the most. If you can’t use this position, place the turkey on its side but be sure to rotate the tray halfway through the cooking so that it cooks evenly.

Benefits of turkey meat and nutritional characteristics

The undisputed protagonist of the Thanksgiving dinner, turkey is a food that well deserves a privileged place in our shopping list, as it is a very healthy and appetizing product that can also be purchased at a good price. “The advantages of this type of meat are many, as it is rich in proteins of high biological value, as well as vitamins from the B group.

The turkey meat has water as its main component, as it contains around 75% of its composition, which makes it a food with few calories. It is followed by proteins of high biological value, that is to say, it contains all the essential amino acids that our organism needs. In addition, it has little fat and cholesterol content, which makes the turkey one of the best lean meats on the market. To consume as little fat as possible is important to remove the skin, as it is the part where more lipids are concentrated.
The minerals that make up the turkey include magnesium, zinc, potassium, phosphorus and selenium.

On the other hand, in the vitamins section, those of the B group stand out, such as niacin, vitamin B6 and B12. It also contains small amounts of folic acid and only traces of fat-soluble vitamins.

Low in calories and fat, but rich in flavor and protein

Turkey meat has low-calorie content, only 130 calories per 100 grams. Nor does it contribute hardly any fat, even being below the chicken. In addition, and as is also the case with this other bird, the fat is concentrated especially in the skin, which can be easily removed. Therefore, it is a suitable food for diets that aim to lose weight.

Another of its qualities is its richness in proteins. The breast is the purest piece, with about 24 grams of protein per 100 grams of meat. With these figures, the turkey is placed first in terms of protein intake, ahead of other meats such as tuna or chicken.

Source of vitamins and minerals
Group B vitamins such as folic acid, B1, B3, B6, B6, B12 or biotin are present in turkeys. Also, minerals such as zinc, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and iron. Precisely, thanks to its iron content, its intake is recommended in people suffering from anemia.

Its cholesterol content, on the other hand, is among the lowest with about 45 milligrams per 100 grams of meat. It is also indicated in people with high uric acid.

One of the most health-promoting meats
The properties of the turkey translate into numerous health benefits. The consumption of this meat helps to prevent cardiovascular diseases, since it is rich in fatty acids, and to maintain a healthy nervous system. It also promotes hydration, so the health of the skin will appreciate it, and helps prevent cell aging.

But if you still doubt that this meat deserves to be part of a healthy diet, there is even more, because it stimulates the immune system and is an aid to the maintenance of bones, muscles, nails and hair.
A great way to approach this meat is through chicken and turkey burgers. Whether it’s a frying pan or a barbecue, these burgers are delicious!

The undisputed protagonist of the Thanksgiving dinner, turkey is a food that well deserves a privileged place in our shopping list, as it is a very healthy and appetizing product that can also be purchased at a good price. “The advantages of this type of meat are many, as it is rich in proteins of high biological value, as well as vitamins from the B group.

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The Power of Gratitude

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The Power Of Gratitude

When the power of gratitude, thanksgiving and forgiveness becomes a way of life, all material and spiritual abundance vibrate in unison.

Wallace Wattles, in his 1910 work (The Science of Getting Rich) mentions: “the mental attitude of gratitude  draws the mind into closer touch with the source from which the blessings come”   He goes on to say: “and if your gratitude is strong and constant, the reaction in Formless Substance will be strong and continuous; the movement of the things you want will be always towards you.”

What is gratitude?
The word comes from Latin, from the word gratitudo, which is the product of two well-defined roots: on the one hand the word gratus, which means “pleasant and grateful” and, on the other, the suffix tudo, which is equivalent to “quality”.

It could be described by those engaged in this way of living, as the feeling that someone experiences when a desire has been fulfilled or granted by God within the context of the universe. The experience of receiving is continuous when the practice of daily gratitude is continuous.  The best example of this is the daily listing of gratitude statements in a journal.  This can be accompanied with a request for guidance from your higher source and the intentional act of daily forgiving those who have offended you in some way or simply those who should be forgiven in your life experiences.

The conduit of our blessings sometimes is a visible, concrete person that we can register and individualize, but other times it is about nature, the future of the universe or something that is simply there to be appreciated, to be thanked, and that beyond our beliefs or religion, makes us experience a deep well-being based on living in the present moment.

Gratitude is the feeling a person experiences when contemplating a gift or benefit that someone has granted them. Gratitude is one of the most powerful feelings you can use to bring abundance and well-being into your life. No matter who you are or where you are, gratitude has the power to remove all kinds of negativity from your life.

Law of attraction and the power of gratitude
The law of gratitude governs all kinds of energy, attracting similar energies. Albert Einstein proved that the Universe is energy. Human beings are also energy vibrating at different frequencies.

By focusing your thoughts on giving thanks, and by being grateful in speaking and feeling, you are turning the frequency of your energy into the most powerful and sacred of vibrations.

Because when you express gratitude your thoughts are positive, and that makes you feel positive emotions. When you are thankful there’s no room for complaints, regrets, frustration, rancor or sadness. As long as you feel grateful you will be drawing powerfully similar energies into your life, which in turn will make you experience even more situations for which you will be grateful.

Why the power of gratitude works
It’s simply impossible to bring wellness into your life if you are dissatisfied with what you have today – why? Because the thoughts and feelings that come out of feeling dissatisfied attract even more negative situations into your life, circumstances that will make you feel even more dissatisfied.

Gratitude germinates on the conviction that human beings are incomplete and that we need each other. Gratitude arises as a spontaneous emotion when one is happy.

It has been shown that people who are grateful are happier and live longer than those who do not express gratitude. So, from opening your eyes in the morning until closing them at night, be grateful for a new day of life, for your health because you have a healthy and happy family, for the house you have, for your friends, for your food, for the city where you live, for your work, for the power of choice, among many other things.

Of all the recipes for abundance and prosperity in our lives, the best we can practice is gratitude. Because feeling a sincere gratitude for what you already have automatically and effortlessly attracts more well-being to your life.

That is why it is so important that you begin to appreciate and recognize all the blessings you have already received, even if you cannot yet see them physically.

Benefits of practicing gratitude

Mindfulness can help us to recognize all that is valuable in being alive and to learn to be grateful.
One of the key exercises of mindfulness (and of most contemplative practices) is to be grateful for all that we have to live through. And not only of that which is pleasant, positive or generating of well-being but also of the vital challenges that involve a certain pain or uncertainty.

But this deep attitude, which can only come from a sensitive, open and attentive heart, is not something that comes naturally to us or that we often practice. Rather, we seem to be engrossed in the daily automatisms we create in our lives. However, putting it into practice seems to be very positive.
Gratitude is being able to take a little distance from the usual, from the every day, and knowing how to be grateful, with humility, for being able to experience what we are experiencing, with full attention.

There are many ways to experience gratitude: surely it begins with becoming aware of what is good for us, what is there to nourish our spirit, and then we should rejoice in attentive observation, whether through a phrase, a bow or a deep sigh that seems to say: “Thank you, everything is fine”.

Better relationships
Emotion magazine mentions, in 2014, that those who know how to thank have a much better chance of creating healthy relationships with peers.

It increases our physical health
It makes us more respectful of our body and able to take care of it with attention, as well as not being too attached to the pain or to that which is difficult for us to experience as a symptom.

It increases psychological health
Fear, frustration and resentment also lose ground when we learn to be thankful, as a University of Kentucky research study in 2012 showed.
It improves our empathic capacity and teaches us not to withdraw into a selfish attitude and distant from our environment.

Helps for a better night’s sleep
A study published in 2011 in the prestigious Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being showed that people who spent 15 minutes writing down the day’s thanks in a journal rested much better.

It allows athletes to be more appreciative and kind to themselves, according to the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology reported in 2014.

Leads to better relationships
Gratitude strengthens your relationships and helps you build and maintain good relationships and feel more connected.

Increase your happiness
Counting your blessings leads to greater well-being, especially a positive mood (and who couldn’t use more of that?)

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