Ah...Thanksgiving!! It is soon to be upon us and with it many of us will break our ‘diets’! But, what if it didn’t have to be that way?? What if you could eat and be merry and still maintain a healthy weight?? Have I piqued your interest?? I hope so :) Nutrition is about choosing nutrient-dense foods and making those the staple of your diet. And by ‘diet’ I do not mean calorie-counting or restriction and I do not mean depriving yourself.
Nutrient-dense foods are those that are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytochemicals, protein, fiber etc. The great things about these foods is that you will be satisfied longer and you will enjoy balanced energy and blood sugar levels. I’m going to share with you a few Thanksgiving-inspired recipes that I serve up for my family during the holidays.
For those of you with a sweet tooth, this is a healthy way of getting the taste of pumpkin pie but without the excess sugar, gluten, etc.
Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
½ cup raw pumpkin puree
3 organic medjool dates, pits removed
1 banana, ripe
1 cup unsweetened almond milk (add more depending on desired consistency)
2 tbsp raw cacao powder
1 tsp pumpkin spice
½ tsp vanilla bean powder
=>Blend well and enjoy!
Who doesn’t like cranberry sauce?? I love the tartness of it and of course I love mine :) Mine evolves over time and this year’s might be different but it is made from scratch and is super easy to make!
Cinnamon Spice Cranberrry Sauce
3 cups organic cranberries
5 cups filtered water
1 cup sucanat (a less processed form of sugar - sugar cane natural)*you can use turbinado sugar but it is a more processed form of sugar*
2 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp ceylon cinnamon powder
½ organic organic, juice
organic orange zest
=>Start boiling the water along with the cinnamon sticks and cloves. Once it starts bubbling, add in the cranberries, sugar and remaining ingredients. Stir it well. Reduce heat to medium-low and keep stirring as it reduces. You will notice it thicken - allow it to thicken until desired consistency is reached.
1 cup Organic Red Quinoa
2 ½ c water
1 tsp Himalayan sea salt
1 cup plain organic almond milk
1 cup cooked pumpkin or organic pumpkin puree
=> Bring the water to boil in a pan & add the quinoa. Simmer over low-medium heat for 30 minutes (or until water is absorbed).*The quinoa can be soaked for 1 hour in water prior to cooking. Transfer the cooked quinoa to a food processor or Vitamix & add the almond milk, pumpkin & salt. Blend/process until smooth. *For extra credit - stir in organic baby spinach after blending/processing.
The last 2 are delicious sides that are easy to make. Which in my books is always a plus when it comes to the hectic-ness of the holidays! These alongside a healthy (½ your plate) serving of sauteed greens and turkey (or roast pork for my Spanish folks :) will give your body the nutrition it needs and help keep you fit and healthy! You might not even get the -itis!! Have a wonderful and healthy Thanksgiving holiday folks!!
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