Now that Thanksgiving is coming, almost everyone is preparing on what to serve on the table this Thursday. We know that this special day brings to mind thoughts of gratitude with the family along with the sumptuous food.
There are many ways to enjoy the feast and load up your dishes with nutrients.
Rich in antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, the vegan dishes below will help increase your energy levels, promote vibrant skin, helps immune function and manage your weight control. These dishes also reduces the risk of cancer. So, try the healthy dishes below to increase nutrition, flavor and color in your Thanksgiving meal.
If your family is planning to go for a full vegetarian meal, then stuffing a squash, especially pumpkin, instead of the traditional turkey, is a great idea. A stuffed-pumpkin provides a fiber-rich accompaniment with other dishes and spices up your holiday table. Just prepare a veggie stuffing and place it in a hollowed out pumpkin and replace the top of the pumpkin and bake it for about two hours. To make it healthier, create your stuffing with chopped carrots, whole-grain bread, pumpkin cubes, veggies and butter. Lastly, roast and season the pumpkin seeds for the topping.
A traditional Italian rice dish, Risotto is a flavorful alternative to your basic pasta and rice dishes on Thanksgiving. This healthy dish pairs well with different vegetables and a tasty way to eat more veggies. Prepare your Risotto and veggies with almond milk and light coconut milk instead of the cow’s milk, sage, fresh rosemary, salt and pepper for flavor and olive oil for a healthy fat. You can make use of your leftover veggies to make Risotto the next day.
Pureed Pumpkin Soup
Start your Thanksgiving feast with a nutritious soup that could benefit your wellness in many ways. A study showed that eating soup 15 minutes before eating your meal can reduce your total meal intake by up to twenty percent. A homemade pumpkin soup is best this Thanksgiving. Just sauté the garlic, onion, cumin and baked or steamed pumpkin cubes. Puree the mixture in your food processor and add pepper or salt to taste.
Adding a dark, green leafy veggies can add vibrancy to your table and nutrients to your Thanksgiving feast. A one cup of fresh, chopped kale provides your daily need for vitamins A and C and gives you three grams of protein and ten percent of your fiber needs. Tossing a spinach and chopped kale with pumpkin seeds, pomegranate seeds, persimmons and a light dressing, makes a perfect festive Kale salad.
Whether or not you have family members or friends who are vegetarians, making it a point to eat more vegetables this holiday season is a gift you can give to your loved ones and to yourself to improve overall nutrition. Make this as one of your healthy habits to incorporate it in your healthy lifestyle and not only on Thanksgiving.
So what are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? Share it through comments below.