You don’t have to abandon your health for the holidays. Cooking a healthy Thanksgiving dinner is not only possible, it can be delicious! Follow the cooking tips below for a Purium-approved Thanksgiving! 🙂
1. Cook with Organic Tropic Oil / coconut oil instead of vegetable oil.
Coconut oil is the healthiest oil to cook with and it lends a mild, unobtrusively delicious flavor. Use it in place of all cooking oils (other oils can be harmful to your health), and also don’t be afraid to take a spoonful of it raw as an immune booster. Raw coconut oil is a source of healthy fat and will help you to be less likely to crave the BAD fats that are likely lurking on your Thanksgiving table.
2. Opt for a heritage turkey that has no added water or sodium. Most turkeys are artificially inseminated and are also bloated with added sodium water. They are also usually pumped up with hormones and other undesirable additives. They also simply do not taste as flavorful as a heritage turkey!
3. Whether you call it stuffing or dressing, this dish is a classic. But it can also leave you feeling stuffed to the gills. One trick is to use mushrooms as a base for your stuffing / dressing so you can use less bread in it. For the bread that you do use, be sure that it does not contain high fructose corn syrup, isolated vitamins or any artificial ingredients. Best to go with sourdough or sprouted grain bread.
4. Make a fun, colorful salad to fill up on. Use dark greens like organic spinach or arugula, dried or fresh cranberries, freshly minced garlic, organic feta and almond slivers and then offer a simple homemade balsamic vinaigrette (just whisk balsamic vinegar and pure olive oil together along with salt and pepper and fresh herbs to taste.)
5. Use fresh herbs in order to maximize their benefits for you – add them to side dishes and the main course to freshen up the flavor as well. Variety is key!
6. Don’t add meat to the side dishes (turkey and/or ham will suffice, it is best to not overdo it on animal fat).
7. Make a guilt free dessert! Try Dave’s Raw Vegan Apple Pie which is not only delicious but very nutrient dense. (recipe can be found under ‘Thanksgiving Recipes’ in the blog, along with the very popular Davy’s Gravy that can be used for the main course) You can also experiment using dark chocolate or raw cacao, natural sweeteners like honey, maple syrup, or even Apple Berry Power Shake along with nuts and/or dried fruit or other naturally delicious whole foods.