Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving Food Traditions

There is a lot that can be said about food and Thanksgiving in the USA. There is also a lot that can be said about food traditions, and what they do for our health and the generational continuity of families. A lot of good can come out of food traditions, but I figured I'd post this video for today since it's kinda a busy day!

It is a commercial for a boxed mashed potatoes.  Here a child is asking his mother about where they come from as she prepares them.  This is something that happens all over the country, particularly at this time of year. What do you think of her answer?

For nutrition facts look here at their own website.

For some information about what those numbers mean.

For what the nutrition on mashed potatoes made with whole milk at home.

And if you use butter.

Note that for the mashed potatoes made at home the serving size is twice the size. Also note that for Bob Evans original mashed potatoes that is without butter added.

Keep in mind too that the word farm often brings to mind a lovely pastoral scene ala Old MacDonald while the reality is more like science fiction, not to mention the underpaid workers in the fields and factories.

Sound off on what you think about this ad in the comments. For Tuesday I will try to have the recipes we used for Thanksgiving up for you all.

Enjoy, Happy Thanksgiving, and be well.


  1. Mashed potatoes are about the easiest thing to make from scratch. Even when you mess up they are usually still pretty tasty. I just can't think of a reason to buy instant when you can make your own. And then you can control the nutritional content, like use skim milk, control your own salt level, and add your own spices.

  2. Love the breakdown of nutritional information. This year with the PCOS stuff, I'm taking Thanksgiving very seriously with dietary considerations. Here are a few of the changes I'm making:

    - Making a mashed root vegetable medley from turnips and parsnips, bought at my local farmers market
    - Making my own pumpkin pie from a pie pumpkin and whole wheat pastry flour
    - Eating only one roll
    - Focusing on the vegetables and keeping portions small on the turkey and starches

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. There's no way my family puts as much salt in our mashed potatoes as either calorie count claims. Then again we roast a head of garlic and mash that into the potatoes instead. Something I don't think any prepackaged potatoes can match.

    On the other hand, at thanksgiving all worries about calories and so forth tend to go out the window with my family.