Keep the classics, but up their nutritional punch!
It’s that time of year again. The time when we throw our diets and all of our healthy, clean eating intentions out the window. I’m not here to scold - I’ve been known to do it too! The holidays are a rough time for our diets, with all the cream, butter, and desserts that seem to be present at every meal. But, there are ways around the guilt that comes from holiday eating without having to ditch all your seasonal favorites. Try a method of subtle substitution this Thanksgiving. Think cauliflower puree instead of mashed potatoes or pomegranate seeds mixed into the cranberry sauce. Each ingredient you substitute adds nutritional punch, without taking away from classic flavors. No one but you may be the wiser that this Thanksgiving will be healthier than all the rest. Add - because it’s a cause near to my heart, each dish is cancer-friendly, and even cancer-preventing. Enjoy!
Instead of making typical green bean casserole, try substituting a brussel sprout gratin, like this one from Cooking Light.
Cruciferous vegetables like brussel sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli and kale contain cancer-fighting chemicals like indoles and isothiocyanates, which have been observed as inhibiting the development of cancer in lab mice. In another study, it was found that women who consumed more cruciferous vegetables had a lower risk of breast cancer.
Work in more cruciferous goodness by replacing mashed potatoes with this delicious cauliflower puree from Ted Allen’s cookbook The Food You Want To Eat.
TIP: If you’re worried about the consistency you can add in a potato or two to thicken the puree.
This Lemon-Garlic Kale Salad from The New York Times is anything but boring, guaranteeing that all your guests get some fresh vegetables this Thanksgiving.
The garlic in the salad adds even more nutritional value, the small herb is believed to have therapeutic and medicinal qualities.
This Cranberry-Pomegranate Relish from Martha Stewart uses both the pomegranate’s juice and seeds, and takes only 30 minutes to prepare. That’s a Thanksgiving miracle!
Even better, pomegranates contain anti-inflammatory properties which is certainly what our digestive tracts need after a large feast. In fact, pomegranates have are loaded with nutritional value.
Finally, a classic Thanksgiving should include pie. And with this Vegan Apple Pie from POPSUGAR, you’ll be able to finish the feast with a clean conscience.
As well, apples include important phytonutrients and antioxidants which can help to reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, and heart disease.