gobbling without guilt | a thanksgiving menu that's happy + healthy

The holidays are here! Time to say goodbye, diet and HELLO, pumpkin pie! Right? Right?!

Wrong.

In addition to being a time of, well, thanks, Thanksgiving is widely accepted as the one day a year when you can eat yourself sick without a trace of guilt. This seems great until you realize that it’s going to take you the next week and a half to undo the 24 hours worth of damage that you’ve done to your body (assuming you can steer clear of leftovers, but seriously, who does that?). In actuality, this seemingly inconsequential day of feasting usually turns in to a week long binge-fest on butter, baked goods, fatty side-dishes and honey glazed ham. Admit it, you know it’s true. But, it doesn’t have to be this way.

Don’t set yourself up for failure this Thanksgiving by sticking with the same old gravy boat of recipes. Instead, take a look at the delicious, healthful options below and try incorporating as many as you can into this year’s menu . We promise your tastebuds will not be disappointed and you will feel much better about going in for seconds (and thirds).

appetizers:

wild rice + butternut squash salad, via Heartbeet Kitchen

 

pumpkin + sage risotto, via One Ingredient Chef

 

sides:

paleo dinner rolls, via Our Paleo Life

 

garlic mashed cauliflower, via undressed skeleton tumblr


white + green beans, via Meet The Shannons


roasted carrots with sweet tahini drizzle, via Nutrition Stripped 


roasted brussels sprouts with bacon, via diethood


mains:

herb-roasted turkey breast, via Ina Garten


stuffed acorn squash, via Love & Lemons

 

dessert:

vegan pecan pie, via Tablespoon

 

protein pumpkin pie, via delicious by dre



breakfast BLEND

By now you've heard it over and over and OVER again, "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day."  Most of us even know why: People who eat breakfast tend to weigh less than those who don't - it gets your metabolism moving and helps to keep afternoon cravings at bay.  Alas, there are many of us that just aren't breakfast people.  In fact, the thought of eating breakfast prior to our 6:00am workout is downright nauseating. Thankfully, Burn 60 Fitness Director Charlotte Mooney has a solution: BLENDING.

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"Blending is a great, nutrient-rich way to kick start your morning!" says Charlotte. "It's also an easy option for those that don't have the time to put together a sit down meal in the early morning hours (ahem, most of us)."

Because you can blend multiple servings of fruits and veggies into a single smoothie, blending is an excellent way to make sure you are consuming the recommended TWO servings of fruits and vegetables a day.

"Organic fruits are best for breakfast, but vegetables can be blended mid-afternoon or evening for a healthy and highly effective energy boost."

That being said, rest assured, there is NO WRONG WAY to do it! Any and all combinations of fruits and veggies can make for a deliciously satisfying meal.  Simply toss a few of your favorite selections in a blender with a little ice and water and blend away!

Feel free to experiment too! Maybe substitute the water with a bit of almond milk or add a tablespoon of peanut butter to up the protein and keep you feeling full even longer! Seriously, ANYTHING GOES!

Here's a delicious seasonal recipe to get those creative juices going:

PUMPKIN SPICE BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE

Recipe courtesy of Alaska from Scratch

What You'll Need:

1/2c pumpkin puree

2T pure maple syrup

1 frozen banana

1/2c old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant)

1 graham cracker, crumbled

1-1/2t pumpkin pie spice

1-1/4c milk of your choice

How to Make It Happen:

Add all of the ingredients to a blender and whirl on high until smooth and well-combined. Add more milk as needed until desired consistency is reached. Pour into glasses and sprinkle with a little more pumpkin pie spice on top.

DRINK UP!