Healthy Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas

Nov 17, 2017

healthy thanksgiving ideas

Did you know that the average American consumes 4500 calories and 229 grams of fat on Thanksgiving? That more than double what any adult needs in an entire day. But Thanksgiving doesn't have to be deep-fried turkey, sugary cranberry sauce, and heavy pumpkin pie. Why not break tradition (while honoring your diet) and create a healthy Thanksgiving dinner? Here are some ideas to keep you from having to unbutton your pants during Thanksgiving.

Have a vegan Thanksgiving - Save a turkey or two and opt for turkey substitutes like Tofurkey. Made from organic tofu and wheat protein, the "meat" in Tofurkey ham and turkey roasts is delicious and boasts fewer than 10 grams of fat per serving! Add healthy sides like clean green beans (made by sautéing green beans in Natural Balance and salt and pepper) and cranberry sauce minus the added sugar, and you have lots to be thankful for (and so do the turkeys)!

Have a raw vegan Thanksgiving - Go a step or two further and have a raw vegan Thanksgiving. Yes, these means no turkey and nothing cooked. With the right seasonings and food processor, a raw Thanksgiving can be amazing (and amazing for your figure, too). Try dishes like cauliflower mashed potatoes, made with cauliflower, olive oil, salt and pepper, lemon juice, pine nuts and thyme. For dessert, let a raw pumpkin pie make its way to your stomach. Made with pumpkin, dates, cinnamon, pecans, vanilla, and ginger, it takes so good, you'll forget it's not cooked!

Have a paleo Thanksgiving - With a few adjustments, your T-day can be paleo friendly. Skip the bread rolls, the stuffing, and the cranberry sauce and sub dishes like a beet and carrot salad or deviled eggs made with avocado instead of mayo. And while turkey is naturally paleo, why not get creative and serve a Thanksgiving roast beef? And following paleo recommendations, pumpkin pie is out, but raw figs are in!

Tell us: What are some of your favorite healthy Thanksgiving ideas? 

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