One of the biggest challenges when going clean and working hard to change your dietary habits are the holidays! Temptation lurks at every family get together and holiday party. Here are 10 clean Thanksgiving menu ideas and recipes to help you learn how to prepare your favorite dishes in a healthier, yet delicious way! Combine these clean side dishes and desserts to your Thanksgiving meal this year so you can enjoy good whole food packed with nutrition without any of the guilt!
This Cornbread and Sausage Stuffing from deliciouslyorganic.net is made with a simple recipe, whole ingredients and way more delicious (and nutritious) then a typical box stuffing! It all starts with a homemade cornbread which is grain free. Combine with a few other ingredient and you will have a beautiful side dish you will be happy to share with your family and friends. This dish can be made without the sausage for vegetarian or vegan Thanksgiving meals as well.
Cinnamon, Honey and Yogurt Sweet Potatoes – This recipe from truthandsong.com replaces the milk with greek yogurt, adding a creamy depth to the flavor and making this an unforgettable Thanksgiving side!
Sweet potatoes are a very good source of vitamin C, manganese, copper, pantothenic acid, and vitamin B6. Additionally, they are a good source of potassium, dietary fiber, niacin, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, and phosphorus.
Clean Eating Green Bean Casserole – this has always been a traditional Thanksgiving dish in my family and this adaptation with a few simple changes to the typical recipe makes it clean and way better for everyone!
Green beans are a helpful food for providing us with the mineral silicon. This mineral—while less well known than minerals like calcium and magnesium—is very important for bone health and for healthy formation of connective tissue
Clean Apple Pie recipe by skinnyms.com – one of America’s classic comfort foods, this dish is not only delicious but is also full of nutrient rich ingredients. Whole wheat and oat flours, combined with coconut sugar keep this dessert free of refined and processed carbohydrates.
There is a reason for the old adage “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”, apples are one of the healthiest foods you can eat. High in fiber and vitamin C and they also contain polyphenols, which function as antioxidants. These polyphenols are found in both the skin of the apples as well as in the meat, so to get the greatest amount of benefits, always eat the skin of the apple.
Clean Pumpkin Pie from ifoodreal.com takes a Thanksgiving classic and recreates a healthy version without all the sugar, butter and flour. If you are concerned about the taste of a “healthy” version, don’t be. This is still packed with flavor!
Pumpkin is loaded with beta-carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in the body and helps perform a number of important body functions.