Thanksgiving weekend is HERE…and what’s not to love? Like most holidays ..the 4 F’s are in play…Have you heard of the 4 F’s? – we’re talking about FAMILY, FRIENDS, FOOD & of course FUN!
Whenever the family gets together for holiday festivities, there is usually a lot of food – and a lot of thought that goes into planning that incredible food for specific events. On a holiday, the focus tends to stray away from “healthy” and move towards “indulgence” “moderation” “sometimes foods”…BUT …question for you? Is there …maybe…a place for a bit of healthy on a Thanksgiving weekend?
We’ll let you decide…
We’ve gathered a few tips to help you enjoy your flavourful harvest feast without all the full, sleepy, bloated-ness after. But don’t worry we won’t be messing with the pumpkin pie!
If you’re the cook or bringing a main dish the power is in your hands! Try making the dressing from scratch. You’ll impress the family and feel good about avoid using high-sodium boxed stuffings that are often found in the grocery store. We found an awesome Crockpot Cranberry Apple Stuffing and a Classic Stuffing. Not up for a bread based side dish? Maybe you need a gluten free option that everyone will love! Turn things around all together with this stuffed butternut squash.
How does your plate look? Try for 50% vegetables. I’m talking grilled asparagus, roasted Brussels sprouts, peas or salad, all the good stuff. Then we do 25% starchy carbs; maybe you choose the mashed potato with gravy, maybe you choose the whole wheat bun your grandma made fresh, or, or, orrrrr a spoonful of stuffing. And – Yesss you can do half stuffing, half potato. Lastly, 25% of that juicy turkey, or any other protein of choice.
Let’s talk about leftovers. Everyone wants that turkey and gravy sandwich the next day after we have SOMEHOW digested all that food. But you can have way more fun with leftovers than that. How about a cranberry salad with added turkey, a turkey sandwich amped up with lettuce and cranberry sauce (hold the gravy), or making a turkey soup (save the bones for soup!).
This is what we are trying in our kitchen this weekend:
- Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Garlic & Rosemary
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- Homemade Stuffing
Stayed tuned for some instagram updates on those recipes this weekend! @balanceyourcart
xo Kelly & Johanna