Sides of Gratitude

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Thanksgiving is a special time for embracing everything we are thankful for and sharing our gratitude with family and friends. Here are some foods to be thankful for this Thanksgiving:

Sweet Potatoes

One medium-sized sweet potato contains more than three times one’s daily need for Vitamin A. Sweet potatoes are also a good source of fiber, having more fiber than a bowl of oatmeal. Believe it or not, a sweet potato contains only 20g of carbohydrate and a little over 100 calories.


This tart fruit contains proanthocyanidins (PACs), that may help prevent the adhering of bacteria associated with urinary tract infections, gum disease and stomach ulcers.


In addition to antioxidants and essential ALA omega-3 fatty acids, an ounce of walnuts provides 4 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber. Eating walnuts may also assist in decreasing inflammation and oxidative stress.


Be thankful for the nutritional value of turkey. It is a lean source of protein, niacin, vitamin B6, phosphorous and zinc. If you have the honor of making turkey this Thanksgiving, go to for a Turkey 101 cooking guide, including directions for cooking a frozen turkey.

Gratitude Crescent Rolls
A special side dish and fun activity for your holiday meal for showing others how grateful you are.

All you need:

  • Ball-tip pen
  • Parchment paper
  • Refrigerated Hy-Vee crescent roll dough (one for each of your guests plus some additional)


  1. Have each guest write one thing he/she is thankful for on a 4-inch-by-1-inch strip of parchment paper.
  2. Prior to rolling up crescent rolls, lay paper inside the dough and roll up. Bake as package directs.
  3. Enjoy serving these gratitude rolls at the table. While everyone eats them, they can read what another person wrote. You can even guess who wrote it.

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