Thanksgiving is supposed to be a time of gratitude and enjoyment. So then why are there so many articles about how unhealthy it is?

We’re constantly told that we eat too many calories on Thanksgiving. And that our meals include excessive sodium and alcohol. And we always get reminded that our celebration dinner could trigger a heart attack.

But the truth is that Thanksgiving meals are also full of healthy food! So rather than focusing on the negative, let’s spend some time thinking about all the wonderful ways our holiday food choices can support our well-being.

Packed with lean protein and B-vitamins, turkey provides nutrients necessary to build strong muscles. Plus, it’s a heart healthy alternative to red meat with less saturated fat. If you don’t already have a favorite turkey recipe, try out this World’s Simplest Thanksgiving Turkey. Or for those who avoid meat, try a Glazed Tofu Roast for many of the same benefits.

Sweet Potatoes
Whether you enjoy them roasted or in this Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Oat Streusel, you’ll be getting plenty of fiber to help with digestive health, along with vitamins A and C that can promote a strong immune system.

Green Beans
This yummy vegetable provides beta carotene which helps keep your eyes working at their best. Plus, green beans are also rich in vitamin K and manganese which are necessary for strong bones. Enjoy them in this recipe for Green Beans with Caramelized Onions and Almonds.

With some of the highest levels of antioxidants of any fruit, cranberries have been shown to reduce the risk of cancer, lower blood pressure, and improve cardiovascular health. Add them to your table with this Quick & Easy Cranberry Orange Relish.

High in fiber and vitamin C, apples are a staple of healthy eating. They can help with weight control, cardiovascular health, and may even improve asthma. Enjoy apples this Thanksgiving with this super easy Apple Crisp.

Pumpkin provides nutrients like vitamin A, lutein, and zeaxanthin which can reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration. Plus, pumpkin is also rich in carotenoids and vitamin C that promote strong and healthy skin. But you don’t have to just eat pie, try out this Pumpkin Curry Soupfor an easy and flavorful appetizer.

With all these nutrition-packed foods on your plate, your Thanksgiving dinner is truly a healthy meal. Now that’s something to really be thankful for.