Can you believe it's already November? Thanksgiving is coming up in just a few days! This year, why not elevate your celebration by designing a clean ingredient menu that not only tantalizes the taste buds but also nourishes the body with clean, organic ingredients?
If you're shopping for store bought options that are on the cleaner side, reference my Instagram post here that contains ideas for healthier store swaps. In this blog post, we'll explore how to create the perfect Thanksgiving menu that celebrates the season's bounty while prioritizing health and well-being.
Kick off your Thanksgiving feast with appetizers that are as wholesome as they are tasty. Need ideas? Opt for a colorful platter featuring an array of fresh, organic vegetables accompanied by a nutrient-packed hummus or tzatziki dip. Go with homemade ranch for a safe bet or play it up fancy with a dairy free salmon dip. Avoid processed snacks and opt for homemade kale chips seasoned with organic herbs for a crunchy, guilt-free indulgence.
The star of the Thanksgiving table deserves special attention when it comes to clean and organic choices. Consider serving a free-range, organic turkey as the centerpiece, ensuring that it's raised without antibiotics or hormones. For a plant-based alternative, a roasted butternut squash stuffed with quinoa, cranberries, and pecans provides a delicious and nutritious option. Steer clear of heavily processed gravies and opt for a homemade, organic mushroom gravy to complement your main dish.
Revamp classic side dishes with a health-conscious twist. Roasted Brussels sprouts with balsamic glaze, sweet potato mash with a hint of cinnamon, and quinoa stuffing loaded with organic vegetables are sure to be crowd-pleasers. Avoid canned cranberry sauce loaded with refined sugars if you can, but if you must then choose a healthier brand below. Otherwise opt for homemade with fresh cranberries and and sweeteners like maple syrup.
Keep the beverages clean and refreshing by offering infused water with slices of organic fruits and herbs. For those seeking a warm option, serve organic herbal teas or freshly pressed apple cider without added sugars. Steer clear of sugary sodas and overly sweetened cocktails to maintain the focus on wholesome ingredients. Stick with cocktails and pregnancy friendly mocktails that include fresh ingredients like lemons, berries, etc. They are the perfect handheld fancy item for the holidays.
Indulge your sweet tooth with desserts that are both delicious and nutritious. A pumpkin pie made with a gluten-free crust and sweetened with organic maple syrup is a healthier alternative to traditional recipes. Opt for a fruit salad with a drizzle of honey or a coconut milk-based whipped cream for a lighter, yet satisfying, ending to your meal if you want to skip refined sugars and processed foods altogether. For healthier swaps when it comes to store-bought desserts, choose one of the brands below.
It's rather tricky these days to skip all processed foods and refined sugars this Thanksgiving, but try to embrace the opportunity to create a menu that nourishes your body with clean, organic ingredients. It's all about balance, am I right?
Choose which options ahead of time you are going to make from scratch and which you can get by from picking up at the store. By making mindful choices and avoiding an entire menu designed with heavily processed foods, you can ensure that your holiday celebration is a true well-being of your loved ones.
Cheers to a Thanksgiving filled with gratitude, good company, and a table adorned with the best nature has to offer! I'm grateful for you! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families.