#TastyTuesday: Turkey Buying Guidelines & Foods That Help Blood Pressure

So, you wanna buy a turkey?

Don't know where to start, do you?

Don't worry, we can break it down for you.

It all comes down to 3 questions: 

1)  What size turkey should you buy?  

If turkey is the protein for the meal, then plan on 1 pound of turkey per person.  Push this up to 1.5 pounds per person if you know you want leftovers, but you can also drop the ratio down some if you know you will have another protein, such as a ham.

2)  Fresh or frozen?  

To be honest, that is up to you and the availability at the stores near you.  However, you should know that fresh turkeys aren't necessarily totally "fresh"...they just haven't gotten below 26 degrees.  Frozen turkeys have been, well, frozen.  Make sure you plan on a full day of refrigerator thawing for every 5 pounds of frozen turkey.

3)  What type of turkey should you buy?

Injected?  Natural?  Kosher?  Free range?  Organic?  Heritage?  Self-cooking?  (...man, I wish...)

It's kinda hard to suggest which one you should go for here.  Each type is raised and processed differently.  Plus, the flavor and texture can vary from type to type.  So, when it comes to the type you should buy, just take your time and do your research.  Know what is important to you and what isn't, and then make the best choice after checking out your options.

Read the full story at Kitchn

Are you, like half of all American adults, struggling with your blood pressure?

(Side note - Oh, you didn't know the rate was so high?  Well it just went up.  Check it out here.)

Well, if you are, there are plenty of foods that you can eat to help with that.

  1. Leafy greens
  2. Berries
  3. Red beets
  4. Skim milk
  5. Yogurt
  6. Oatmeal
  7. Bananas
  8. Fish with omega-3s
  9. Seeds
  10. Garlic
  11. Dark chocolate
  12. Pistachios
  13. Olive oil
  14. Pomegranates

If slightly integrating these items into your diet just isn't enough for you, check out the DASH diet.  The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet is designed to help lower blood pressure and decrease your chances of hypertension.

Read the full story at HealthLine

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