Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes: Eat Healthy, Be Happy!

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Want Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes?

It’s that time of the year – time for eating yourself into a coma and loosening up the belt! But maybe you are looking for a heather, happier, less bloated way this year? Tara stops by and gives us some great tips for keeping it practical and some seriously awesome healthy Thanksgiving recipes!

Eat Healthy, Live Happy and Be Guilt Free

There’s no doubt that the holiday season is the most fun yet challenging time to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

There is an abundance of sugar, alcohol and those oh so unhealthy, yet tasty treats.

The good news is that there is a solution that does not rely on self-control and deprivation; it’s learning to listen to your body’s signals and find healthy alternatives for those beloved holiday foods.

Here are some tips and healthy Thanksgiving recipes below that will help you get through this holiday season while still enjoying those amazing foods.

Naturally Prevent Cravings and Over-Indulging:

healthy thanksgiving recipesEat more vegetables and fruits. Of course, this would be at the top of list when it comes to healthy Thanksgiving recipes and tips. Some of the most delicious fruits are in season during the holidays including cranberries, pomegranates, and tangerines.

These fruits can help prevent overindulging in sweet treats, pies, and other holiday sweets by serving as replacements and satisfying that sweet tooth.

Adding in sweet vegetables helps to crowd out less healthy foods in the diet. Try parsnips, carrots, beets, winter squashes, sweet potatoes and yams.

Eating more vegetables and fruits actually makes you crave sugar less.

Minimize caffeine. The highs and lows that caffeine creates in our bodies often result from dehydration and blood sugar spikes, leading to sugary food cravings more often. To minimize these extremes, try switching out your normal cup of coffee (or reducing the amount you drink) with herbal coffee.

This alternative to coffee is caffeine free tea and comes in an array of flavors including Dandelion Roast or a Longevity Spring tea with Gynostemma, a herb that supports healthy immune activity and increased energy.

Stay hydrated. Often times we mistake the signals for thirst as hunger and end up eating unnecessarily. An easy tip to follow is to drink two glasses of water before your Thanksgiving meal and when find yourself reaching for that extra snack.

Your brain might actually be telling you that you’re thirsty!

Add spices. Certain spices like coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, saffron and cardamom actually have properties that reduce food cravings.

These spices will naturally add flavor to your foods, increase serotonin levels that will leave you feeling satisfied and reduce cravings.

Load up on electrolytes: Drinking alcohol can deplete your electrolytes and make you feel lethargic and crave carbohydrates. Certain supplements such as Drinkwel that contain minerals and vitamins exist and should be taken before and after drinking alcohol.

You can also take 150 mg of magnesium, calcium, B6 and B12 which you might already have in your medicine cabinet. For extra electrolyte balance, drink natural coconut water, eat grapefruit for natural detoxification of alcohol, antioxidant rich fruits and dark leafy greens such as kale and spinach.

Avoid These Pitfalls During the Holidays

Using canned and packaged foods seem like a wonderful solution when you’re in a crunch and need to get a dish prepared quickly.

However, these foods are usually highly processed and usually contain high amounts of sodium and preservatives that can lead to dehydration and increased food cravings.

Take the time to properly plan out your meal and prep items the night before, if needed. You’ll have fresher ingredients and your body won’t suffer the consequence of food cravings and the guilt you’ll feel when overindulging.

Make sure to take extra notice to avoid these keywords: canned, stove top, and ready made.

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

1.) Mashed Cauliflower & Turnips (alt. to mashed potatoes)

Healthy Thanksgiving recipes Cauliflower

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium sized cauliflower chopped up
  • 3 turnips chopped and peeled
  • 1 tbsp grass fed butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk or another nut milk
  • 7 chives chopped
  • 2 tbsp organic sour cream
  • pink salt and black pepper for taste

Instructions:

  1. Bring water to a boil and add the chopped cauliflower and turnips and cook for 20 min
  2. Once tender, drain the pot and add the vegetables, nut milk, sour cream to a blender
  3. Blend until it’s smooth and cream. Garnish with chopped chives & add salt-pepper for
  4. flavor

2.) Lemon Garlic Brussels Sprouts

Healthy Thanksgiving recipes BSprouts

Ingredients:

  • 1 large brussel sprout bulb- cut each in half
  • 2 lemons
  • 3 garlic bulbs- chop up the cloves of each
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp chili flakes
  • 1 tsp pink salt and black pepper

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 and toss the chopped brussels sprouts and garlic in coconut oil
  2. Use parchment paper over a large baking sheet and place the brussel sprouts on top
  3. Let it roast for 20-30 min. and stir and roast for another 15-20 minutes
  4. Toss the brussel sprouts with lemon juice, chili pepper, salt and black pepper and serve

3.) Healthy Pumpkin Pie

Healthy Thanksgiving recipes Pumpkin Pie

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 can (15 oz.) 100% Pure Pumpkin
  • 1 unbaked 9-inch pie shell
  • 1 can (13.5 oz.) full fat coconut milk

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375. Combine all filling ingredients in a bowl and puree with hand mixer
  2. Pour filling ingredients into pie shell
  3. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean
  4. Cool on rack for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate
  5. Top with coconut whipped cream before serving

4.) Spinach, Pecan & Endive Salad

Healthy Thanksgiving recipes spinach

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag of organic spinach
  • 3 heads Belgian endive, halved, cored and sliced
  • ½ cup pomegranate seeds
  • ½ cup of pecans, chopped

Agave Nectar Vinaigrette

  • 2 tbsp agave nectar syrup
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp organic cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
  • Pinch pink salt/black pepper

Instructions:

  1. Toast pecans in a skillet over low heat, stirring often for 2 to 3 minutes and let it cool
  2. Toss spinach, Belgian endive and pomegranates in a large bowl
  3. Heat olive oil in a small skillet with low heat. Add apple cider vinegar and agave nectar syrup and let it boil
  4. Pour dressing over salad and toss with pecans and season with salt and pepper

5.) Holiday Spiced Nuts & Seeds

Healthy Thanksgiving recipes nuts

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon pink salt
  • 3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (mix of cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ cup coconut palm sugar
  • 4 cups raw unsalted nuts (walnuts, almonds, pecans and cashews)
  • 2 cups raw pumpkin seeds

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees
  2. Place egg white in a bowl and whip until frothy
  3. Stir in sugar, salt and spices & combine it with the nuts and seeds coating them evenly
  4. Use a large baking pan and line it with parchment paper and place nuts in one layer on top of it
  5. Bake for 45 min to 1 hour and let the nuts cool down for few minutes
  6. Store the extra in an airtight container in the fridge

6.) Pecan Brookies

Healthy Thanksgiving recipes pecan

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. unsalted grass fed butter
  • 2 semisweet chocolate chunks (72% cacao)
  • ¾ cup coconut palm sugar
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • ½ tsp all purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. pink salt

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 & melt the chocolate, oil and butter on the stove top
  2. In another bowl, whisk together eggs, coconut sugar, and vanilla until combined. Add the melted chocolate mixture into the egg mixture
  3. Whisk together the dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Combine the flour mixture with the chocolate mixture, pecans and the chocolate chunks
  4. Freeze the mixture in a pie plate for 8 minutes until it hardens
  5. Take the mixture and place on parchment paper in a deep baking pan. Bake 15 min
  6. The tops should be dry and cracked while the insides will still be moist. Let it cool

Wrap-Up

How do those healthy Thanksgiving recipes sound?

From preventing your over-indulging to helping you eat healthy, these recipes and tips can help you really enjoy this holiday season!

This is some great advice that we can all implement (who doesn’t need more healthy Thanksgiving recipes?) this year to be healthy, happy and guilt free!

Tara Zamani
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