Sunday, November 17, 2013

Day 251 Thanksgiving suggestions from Reboot with Joe


Cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year? I have good news! It’s much easier than you think to prepare a healthy, flavorful, crowd-pleasing meal that won’t have you running away from your health goals. All it takes is some creative ingredient swaps to omit those foods that are loaded with unhealthy fats and sugars, and add in the ones that make you feel fantastic.

Follow these 7 tips to lighten up your feast. Don’t celebrate Thanksgiving? You can use these tips for any holiday meal:

1.) Cook with Coconut Oil

Tip: If a recipe calls for vegetable or canola oil, use equal parts of melted coconut oil instead. Unlike commercially made oils, coconut oil does not go rancid easily, its molecular properties do not change when heated, and it’s minimally processed, if at all. It gives you instant energy as your body will burn the calories versus storing fat if you eat a healthy diet.

2.) Give up the Gluten

Tip: Make this Butternut Squash, Pomegranate & Pistachios Quinoa Salad and you won’t be missing the stuffing! Let’s face it, you’ll be eating plenty on Thanksgiving so don’t add to your bloat by eating too much gluten. Instead, enjoy a gluten-free, protein-packed, fiber-rich dish loaded with nutrients.

3.) Sweeten Sweet Potatoes

Tip: Your family might typically top a sweet potato dish with marshmallows, but this year try topping it with a vegan, dairy-free Sweet Cashew Cream. It will be just as decadent, sweet, and gooey, without the corn syrup, artificial flavors, and added sugar.

4.) Pass on the (white) Potatoes

Tip: If you haven’t tried Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes yet, you’re missing out! They are absolutely delicious with the same consistency as regular mashed white potatoes but with heaps of nutrients and no heavy cream or cheese to weigh you down.

5.) Can the Canned Cranberry Sauce

Tip: Even though it’s been a part of your Thanksgiving dinner for years, I promise you’ll be okay without the jelly-like, sugar-laden dish. You can either make your own or fulfill your cranberry fix with a Citrus Cranberry Juice or Chopped Cranberry & Collard Salad.

6.) Dates for Dessert

Tip: Keep dessert easy, stress-free and healthy. There’s no need to make pumpkin or pecan pie loaded with sugar when you can have this amazing No-bake Date Square Crumble with only 4 ingredients! Dates contain natural sugars and are filled with fiber to keep you satisfied.

7.) Lighten the Leftovers

Tip: If you like making leftover turkey dinner sandwiches, try using avocado or hummus instead of mayonnaise as your spread. You’ll be adding nutrients and flavor and natural ingredients.

Juice on and Happy Healthy Thanksgiving!

Joe and the Reboot Team

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