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Healthier Thanksgiving

Posted by Deborah Orlick Levy, MS, RDN on

The Carrington Guide to a Healthy Thanksgiving

Let’s face it - 2020 has been anything BUT normal. It’s been challenging, emotionally exhausting and, for some of us, debilitating both mentally and physically. If there is something to look forward to, however, it’s that 2020 is almost over. Before you know it, it will be Thanksgiving and then the holidays.

These occasions usually bring us joy and happiness. They are filled with food, fun and family. And, if you are hosting a Thanksgiving gathering- albeit smaller than years past like I am- you may be wondering how to make it healthier. Why? Because overall health is more important now than ever before.

Healthy Thanksgiving Alternatives

Healthy Thanksgiving Vegetables

I am going to give you a glimpse into my Healthy Thanksgiving dos. Of course, there is turkey but, what else? I start with vegetables, lots and lots of them. I roast up brussels sprouts, green beans and sweet potatoes with a drizzle of Carrington Farms’ Coconut/Olive oil blend and, on the brussels sprouts, I add a balsamic glaze. This amazing oil blend combines the best of both worlds. Research has shown olive oil can help lower cholesterol with the addition of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. On the other hand, consumption of coconut oil may lead to increased beneficial HDL cholesterol levels. So far, so good, right?

Healthy Thanksgiving Stuffing

Now, you’re probably wondering about everyone’s favorite thanksgiving side, stuffing, and wondering how to keep that healthy. In my recipe on Carrington Farms’ website, I swap out bread for Garden Vegetable Crounons. These crounons are made with puffed quinoa, a type of edible seed. Quinoa is classified as a whole grain and provides good protein and fiber. They bring delicious flavor to the stuffing, are naturally gluten-free, and so easy to use. With only 6 ingredients, the recipe is simple to make and you can feel good about serving it to your loved ones.

Healthy Cranberry Sauce

And, lastly, my healthy cranberry sauce, which is also found on the website, consists only of fresh fruit, flax/chia seed and 1/3 cup of brown sugar. The secret (well, not anymore, lol) ingredient is the Pomegranate powder which adds sweetness and a nutritional boost. That’s it. It’s beyond delicious and a wonderful, healthy addition to my Thanksgiving menu.

Thanksgiving doesn’t need to be super unhealthy to be enjoyed. Let’s all be thankful for the wonderful people in our lives and keep doing our part to stay safe and healthy. 

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