What I’m Thankful For

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | November 19th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Healthy Eating

In our house, as in many, we have a Thanksgiving tradition where we go around the table and each person shares what he or she is most thankful for. It’s a nice, introspective pause before we all dig in to an enormous feast that took days to prepare, and my only regret is that it’s something that we only do once a year.

This year, my list is way too long to bore my entire family (after all, there’s turkey and my mom’s famous marshmallow-topped sweet potatoes to dig into!), so, like some of my fellow bloggers I thought I’d share with you some of the things I’m most thankful for.

Because even with scary food recalls, skyrocketing prices of kitchen staples, and diabetes and obesity continuing to be on the rise, there is also a lot to be grateful for.

I’m thankful for the fact that I have easy access to amazing organic produce at my local farmers’ markets and grocery store, and that often it’s not that much more than the conventional versions.

I’m thankful
to be able to spend Thanksgiving at my mom’s table for the first time in many years, and to discover that the menu hasn’t much changed from the meal I loved so much as a child.

I’m thankful that the fishing industry is finally taking action to protect our oceans and conserve our fish. And I’m glad that I can do my part by avoiding seafood that’s overfished or that’s high in toxins like mercury.

I’m thankful that my daughter has an adventurous palate and loves fruits and vegetables. And I’m thankful to see that the fellow moms in my daughter’s little social circle are just as intent as I am on feeding their kids the healthiest food they can afford.

I’m thankful
that there are so many amazing resources to help America eat healthier… magazines like Cooking Light, and terrific new cookbooks focused on delicious and nutritious meals. It’s just as easy to cook good-for-you food as it is to cook stuff that’s not as healthy.

I’m thankful that, even with the rising cost of flour, rice, milk and more, I’m still able to feed my family, even if it means not always buying the expensive types of fish at the store, or holding off on fresh strawberries until they’re in season.

And finally, I’m thankful
that, when Thanksgiving dinner is over, it’s time to dust off my cookie cutters and dig out my sprinkles to start the Christmas cookie baking!

What are you thankful for?

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