Wellness Wednesday: Thanksgiving 2.0

What comes to mind when you say the word ‘Thanksgiving’? Pie? Turkey? Candied Yams? Thanksgiving was originally a celebration of gratitude, focused on the fact that early colonists had lived to see another year. This was often celebrated with abundance in the form of a large meal. The modern traditions surrounding Thanksgiving have taken the original idea of celebrating abundance to an all new extreme that borders on gluttony, often with accompanying indigestion, and weight gain as the holiday season progresses. However, this holiday cluster does not need to represent an insurmountable obstacle to your fitness and nutrition goals. Be mindful of what you are eating and how much.  Choose a smaller plate to fill and you will automatically eat less each time you fill it. Put the fork down between bites and you will eat more slowly, allowing your body to realize you have fed it before you scarf down a whole pie or five pounds of mashed potatoes with gravy. By choosing recipes that contain less sugar and fat, you will be sure that whatever you end up eating is better for you. Need some inspiration? We’ve got you covered. See below.


1.       Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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This recipe may not be covered in mini marshmallows, but it is full of flavor and natural sweetness, owing to the addition of orange zest, nutmeg and ripe bananas.



2.       Mashed Garlic Cauliflower


 If you feel like it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without garlic mashed potatoes, I feel your pain. Thankfully, this dish is a dead ringer for the traditional favorite and has an added benefit of packing a much higher fiber punch.



3.       Less Sugar Cranberry Sauce

Why buy sugar laden sauce in a can when you can whip up your own version with way less refined sugar and way more flavor in less time than it takes you to drive to the grocery store.


4.       Stuffing Two Ways


Here are two stuffing recipes. Both healthier than the butter laden original and are packed with whole foods and nutrients.


Going grain-free? Try this recipe on for size.


5.       Paleo Pumpkin Pie


The pumpkin pie, the piece de resistance of the Thanksgiving world, it has long been a fixture on the American turkey day table. It is also usually packed full of sugar and refined flour, which should be consumed in moderation. Here’s a recipe that is just as refined as the original in profile, without all the processed ingredients.