You can almost smell the turkey cooking, can’t you? The warmth of the dining room provides a sense of belonging and family. The noisy bustle of the family and the clink-clank of folks preparing the meal are becoming quite vivid in your mind already. Remembering the buttery goodness of last year’s mashed potatoes still bring a certain smack to your lips.
You don’t even think about what it feels like after indulging in a day of overeating.
The worst part is how bad you feel afterwards. And it may even begin a month-long binge as you tell yourself it’s too hard during the holidays, and you’ll start again in January.
Well, I’ll definitely be here for you in January, but I also want to tell you how you can have a guilt-free Thanksgiving!
It could be the healthiest holiday of the year
The foods we eat for Thanksgiving can be the most healthy foods we eat. Turkey is a great source of protein. Many families load up on green beans and spinach. Root vegetables are prominent, as that’s what was available at that time during the first Thanksgivings. Even the traditional dessert is made from a vegetable.
Sure, you can use it as a cheat day. No harm in that. But if you want to do your best, you can make sure Thanksgiving is full of amazing, delicious, whole foods that the whole family will love and will actually nourish you instead of make you feel like a tub.
Here’s a collection of recipes I found around the web, including a couple of my own, that will make this your healthiest, best-feeling Thanksgiving ever!
These are the recipes I found that are totally slow-carb compliant:
Mostly slow-carb, totally paleo
So the rest of these are not slow-carb, although they are pretty paleo-friendly. The main reason is the sweetener, but it’s also the use of tubers. If you want to make the sweet potatoes more strictly, use no-sugar-added juice and either skip the refined sugar or use raw honey.
Finally, here’s a whole entire meal’s worth of super healthy Thanksgiving food at Everyday Paleo.
I made a book too
Last year I put together a recipe book for Thanksgiving that you can pick up for Kindle if you’d like. In it, I cover:
- everything you need to know about cooking a turkey
- a bunch of recipes for sides
- a few different dessert recipes
- all of them are paleo-compliant, and some are slow-carb as well
If that sounds interesting to you, here’s the link:
Buy “A Finding My Fitness Thanksgiving” on Amazon
So what about you? What’s your favorite slow-carb recipe to give yourself a healthy, happy holiday?