A Healthy Twist on Traditional Thanksgiving Favorites

on Nov 16, 2016
Thanksgiving is almost here and while celebrating being grateful, people are eating a lot of food. In fact, it’s the holiday where Americans are known to do the most eating in one sitting. 
Each year I try to change things up a bit, making a dish I’ve never made before, with a focus on making it healthier than the traditional way. For instance, I avoid using marshmallows on our sweet potatoes because we don’t need more sugar on top of something naturally sweet, especially when there is dessert to save room for! In addition, I always avoid pre-made foods, like pumpkin puree or cranberry sauce in a can. The real, fresh, homemade versions are so much tastier, more nutritious, are free of additives and are pretty simple to make.
The truth is that you can have a healthy Thanksgiving spread that tastes delicious too. To help you with some ideas, here is a round-up of Thanksgiving recipes from some of the top natural, real food bloggers.
Because so many people have food allergies or sensitivities, dishes made with special restrictions in mind are noted.

Main Dish
Side Dishes
Lacto-fermented Cranberry Apple Relish - (lacto-fermentation increases or preserves the vitamin and enzyme levels of foods, so this recipe is is nutritious as it is delicious.) 
Grain Free Holiday Stuffing (GAPS Friendly)
A Simple Homemade Cranberry Sauce (naturally Gluten-Free)
Whipped Cauliflower Puree (aka. Faux Mashed Potatoes)... (Gluten Free, Low-Carb, Paleo)
Curried Cauliflower Soup with Chicken and Apples (Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free)
Apple Pie Quick Bread (Gluten Free)
Paleo Pecan Pie Bars (Low Carb, Gluten-Free)
Grain-Free Cranberry Apple Crisp (Gluten & Dairy-Free, Paleo)
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