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6 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes your Family will Love

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20 Nov 6 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes your Family will Love

I just finished wrapping up a series of posts and video trainings on how you can be ‘that girl’ and lose weight this holiday season. In the last episode of CCtv, I shared the final 5 tips. In the training video I suggested making smart and skinny substitutions, swapping out high fat, high sugar dishes for healthier options. I gave tons of skinny swaps and also shared few recipes to demonstrate how to work the tips. I gave an easy egg muffin recipe that works perfectly while rocking the meal prep tip. I also shared a satisfying pumpkin protein smoothie recipe in case real-deal pumpkin pie triggers you to over-do it.

I really wanted to give you as many tips and tools I could, to set you up for weight loss and wellness success this Thanksgiving. I find so many ‘healthy’ recipes online that are truly terrible for you. Which is why I promised, I’d share some healthy recipes that are really good for you. I hope you’ll enjoy them. I do my best to make sure my recipes are easy to make. As with every recipe I create, I only use ingredients that have health and metabolism maximizing properties in them. Plus, these 6 recipes are full of festive flavors I think you and your family will love. The 100% healthy ingredients will help you feel satisfied, eating less, too.

6 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes your Family Will Love

This pumpkin spice soup is filling – but light. It’s a great way to get a big burst of pumpkin flavor, without tons of sugar. It’s a nice way to start your holiday meal off, instead of a salad or fattening appetizers. The velvety texture is divine and the spices pack a powerful punch of antioxidants and metabolism boosting spices.

This pumpkin spice soup is filling – but light. It’s a great way to get a big burst of pumpkin flavor, without tons of sugar. It’s a nice way to start your holiday meal off, instead of a salad or fattening appetizers. The velvety texture is divine and the spices pack a powerful punch of antioxidants and metabolism boosting spices.

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Ingredients

1 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
1 1/2 tbsp curry powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2-1 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tbsp avocado
3 small gala apples, peeled, cored and chopped
1 (15 ounce) can of unsweetened pumpkin puree
4 cups low sodium chicken broth (veggie works too, if you’re vegan)
1 cup water
salt & ground pepper, to taste

What to Do

Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, curry, cumin, cinnamon and cayenne; sauté, stirring often, until onion is soft and fragrant. Stir in the avocado, apples, pumpkin, broth and water. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Cover, and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Puree soup in a food processor or a blender. Either return soup to saucepan and heat on very low, or my what I prefer, let the soup heat in a crock pot on a warm/low setting for a couple hours. Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Mashed butternut squash makes a great potato-alternative. Squash is higher in vitamins and minerals than a potato, plus, it’s nice to have a new twist on a holiday favorite. Shake things up this year with this tasty side dish recipe.5545685966_1733a6428c

Mashed Butternut Squash

Ingredients

1 (2 to 3 pound) butternut squash, peeled and seeded
2 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
6 cups low sodium chicken stock
Cinnamon to taste
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

What to Do

Cut squash into 1-inch chunks. In large pot add the oil and onion. Sauté the onions until they’re translucent, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add squash and stock. Bring to a simmer and cook until squash is tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove squash chunks with slotted spoon and place in a blender and puree. Return blended squash to pot. Stir and season with cinnamon, salt, and pepper to taste. Serve.

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Sweet potatoes typically come Paula Deen-style… covered and smothered with sugar, butter and marshmallows. This clean recipe has no sugar or saturated fats and it has fat fighting protein. Also, I find that everyone loves a twice baked potato. I don’t know what it is about serving mashed potato in it’s skin, but it’s a fan favorite. Plus, the shell is full of fiber. The nutritionist side of me says ‘green light’ while the foodie/former fat girl side of me is doing her happy dance.

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients

4 sweet potatoes, even in size and scrubbed clean
4 tbsp stevia
2 tbsp avocado
½ cup nonfat plain greek yogurt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground ginger
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

What to Do

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place sweet potatoes on sheet tray and bake for 1 hour or until soft. Remove from oven and let stand for a few minutes until they’re cool enough to work with. Take a knife and slice the potatoes, horizontally, splitting the potatoes apart. Use a spoon to scoop out the potato, reserving the hollowed skin shells, in tact. Transfer the potato into a medium sized bowl. Combine the remaining ingredients with the potato flesh and mash together with a fork or mixer. When the sweet potato mixture is evenly mixed. Spoon the filling back into the shells of the potato skins. Place the stuffed potatoes onto a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake the potatoes for 15 minutes, then serve.

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Brussels sprouts are one of the BEST veggies out there because they contain glucosinolates. Glucosinolates are phytonutrients that contain chemical compounds that actually prevent cancer cells from forming. B sprouts contain four glucosinolate compounds (glucoraphanin, glucobrassicin, sinigrin, and gluconasturtiian) Brussels sprouts are so good for you but a lot of people don’t like the taste… but people love bacon… B Sprouts + Bacon + detoxifying apple cider vinegar = one crazy good and good for you recipe!

Bacon Brussels Sprouts

Ingredients

3 pounds medium Brussels sprouts
2 tbsp vegetable oil
8 thick slices turkey bacon (about 8 ounces), cut crosswise into 1/2-inch strips
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp kosher salt, plus more as needed
Freshly ground black pepper

What to Do

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and salt it generously. Trim the bottom end of the Brussels sprouts, leaving the core intact, and pull off the outer dark leaves. Halve through the core. Add the Brussels sprouts and cook, uncovered, until tender, about 6 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold running water. (This can be done a day ahead.) Meanwhile, put the oil and bacon in a very large skillet or stewpot, and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the bacon is crispy. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and set aside. Increase the heat to medium-high, add the Brussels sprouts and cook, stirring occasionally, until they brown and the edges get crisp, about 10 minutes. Stir in the vinegar, salt, pepper, and bacon. Serve warm.

Clean-creamed-corn-vegan recipe

Corn – ah hem – organic corn is full of antioxidants and fiber. *Corn is a commodity item, meaning it’s typically pumped with GMO’s, pesticides and other toxic chemicals. Always always always opt for organic corn (please!)* Clean corn’s properties are beneficial to your digestive system. Also, because they’re full of fiber only a small portion of the corn can and will be broken down and metabolized by your body… giving you a concentrated dose of antioxidants that help prevent disease and wrinkles.

Clean (and Vegan) Cream Corn

Ingredients

2 cups of organic corn kernels, fresh off the cobb are best but frozen kernels will work, too
1 can (15 ounces) almond or coconut milk
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon chopped scallions
1 handful of flat-leaf parsley, chopped (optional)

What to Do

Combine corn and milk in a saucepan over medium heat, and bring to a simmer. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook until the milk has evaporated a bit and thickened — this will take about 15 minutes. Once the mixture has reached the desired consistency, mix in the parsley, red pepper flakes, and scallions. Garnish with parsley and serve.

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Apples pack in quite a bit of soluble fiber (4 grams per medium apple) for a modest amount of calories (80-95) making apples a filling and sweet snack. They’re also are a good source of immune-boosting vitamin C (providing 14% of the Daily Value). Filling them with heart healthy oats and walnuts adds savory crunch that balances out the sweetness. The antioxidant compounds found in apples, have been proven to help prevent and reduce inflammation. Plus, the soluble fiber in apples has also been shown to lower cholesterol levels. #winning

Baked Apples

Ingredients

4 large apples (I think honey crisp taste – and bake – the best)
3/4 cup whole grain rolled oats (plain Quaker Oats)
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
1 pinch of allspice
3 tbsp (organic) maple syrup
3/4 cup water

What to Do

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine oats, walnuts, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and maple syrup and combine well. Core your apples and avoid cutting through the bottom of the apples. An apple corer works great; otherwise use a paring knife to cut out the core pumpkin-carving style then use a spoon to scoop out any remaining seeds. Fill apple centers with equal amounts the oat mixture. Place apples in a small baking dish, and add water to the bottom of the dish. Bake for 25-45 minutes. The bigger your apples are, the longer it takes. Your apples will be done, when they’re soft and ‘wilted’ but not mushy. Remove from the oven and serve warm. I like to pair them with Skinny Dip… Greek yogurt, with cinnamon and stevia to taste. The sour-cream like taste balances out the sweetness from the maple syrup. Enjoy!

And there you have it. 6 Healthy Thanksgiving recipes you and your family will love to eat… that can help you be happier, healthier and fit this holiday season. I hope you liked this post.

You absolutely can be that girl this holiday season! The girl that eats healthy, loses weight while everyone else stays stuck in the their holiday habits.

If I can do this. YOU can do this!!

Your Biggest Cheerleader : )
xxoo

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