Healthy Thanksgiving Sides

By now my stomach has expanded, cushioned by the post-Halloween candy sales I meant to avoid (oops). When in the midst of the holiday season, it can be easy to disregard and take granted one of the most important things in your life: your health.

So this Thanksgiving, as you go around the table and share your thoughts of gratitude, don’t just be thankful for your health…contribute to it! Thanksgiving meals don’t have to be a major set-back and with small recipe substitutions, you can enjoy a guilt-free day of food, fun, and family.

Instead of mashed potatoes….

As the perfect substitution for its fellow vegetable, the potato, cauliflower certainly doesn’t get enough credit. Mimicking the same smooth texture, warm taste, and even color of your favorite version of the potato: mashed. Bear with me now for I have a bold statement that you’ll soon agree with after tasting this recipe: cauliflower is the new potato (kind of like how Orange is the New Black except a lot more kid-friendly). And for those in the family with the stricter dietary needs, this recipe is both vegan and paleo. Full recipe:  http://detoxinista.com/2012/11/mashed-cauliflower-vegan-paleo/

 

Instead of stuffing…

Stuffing is personally one of my favorite sides…mostly because it is basically seasoned and soft bread and I LOVE bread (but who doesn’t). Realistically, I would probably eat bread for every meal if my wallet could support constantly buying new pairs of jeans. Thankfully (see what I did there?), quinoa makes the ideal substitution for this classic side. Quinoa, the so-called super grain, is super high in protein, fiber, and many other valuable vitamins and an easy choice when it comes to replacing the usual bread-based stuffing. This recipe is vegan and gluten-free. Full recipe:  http://tasty-yummies.com/quinoa-sage-stuffing-gluten-free-vegan-guest-post-by-living-simply-gluten-free/

 

Instead of pumpkin pie…

Roll some no-bake pumpkin oatmeal energy bites! These are every multitasker’s dream come true. They’re no bake which means Mr. Butterball can stay cooking while you prepare this easy pumpkin pie alternative. Not to mention, they’re chock full of energy and the perfect snack to keep your cooking skills up to speed for potato mashing and apple peeling. Full recipe: http://www.blessthismessplease.com/2016/09/no-bake-pumpkin-oatmeal-energy-bites.html

 

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