A Healthier Holiday Season with Life Foods
Do you feel like it’s impossible to eat well around the Thanksgiving season? Take a peek at some of our tips for a healthier holiday, and find some of our favorite recipes for a super wholesome plant-based meal for your family this holiday season to make this holiday the healthiest ever.
Healthy Tips from Life Foods for a Healthy Holiday:
Fuel up on Veggies: All day, everyday, vegetables are the foods that will keep you feeling and looking your best. Adding fresh veggies and fruits into each meal and snack will help add valuable vitamins, minerals and fiber into your diet. Aim to eat a rainbow of vegetables each day to get an array of phytonutrients (the good stuff in plants). Pumpkin and squashes for orange, bananas and lemons for yellows, berries and red cabbage for purple/blue, leafy greens, broccoli and peas for green and tomatoes and apples for red.
Try Meatless Monday: There are so many ways to include more plant-based meals into you life, whether you want to be a full-time vegetarian/vegan or not. Try to eat meatless for Monday like Martha Stewart, or maybe just for weekdays; or perhaps you’d like to try vegetarian until 6pm like food writer Mark Bittman? However you do it, reducing your intake of animal foods can have immediate, drastic changes for your personal health, but also helps reduce your carbon footprint and decrease your grocery budget.
Veganize your favorites: Think that you need to use butter, cream and turkey for a decadent holiday feast? Not at all! Almost every ingredient now has a vegan counterpart: butter, cream, cheese and milk come in so many varieties of flavors and styles and will surely fit whatever recipe you might have. If you think you need to have something turkey-ish at the center of your table, there are many vegan-friendly versions out there, but check the ingredient lists and make sure you know what’s in your un-turkey dinner. You can also skip the turkey-like stuff make a meal out of the sides too: a table filled roasted beets, whole-grain salads, greens, stuffing, baked squash, hearty soups and decadent desserts will make you wonder why you ever needed a turkey there in the first place? And who says veggie burgers like Life Foods don’t have a place on a Thanksgiving table…?
Here are some of our favorite recipes from our archives, from our friends and from our favorite bloggers to make your Thanksgiving a healthy one for all:
Raw Cranberry Sauce
Ginger Pumpkin Soup
Fennel & Spelt Salad
Creamy Broccoli Soup
Maple Roasted Beets
Sweet Potato Pot Pie
Tempeh Stuffed Acorn Squash
Vegan Stuffing with Life Foods Sausage
Maqui Berry Balsamic Apples
Raw Apple Pie
Vegan Pumpkin Pie Squares
Thanksgiving Recipes by Vegetarian Times
Thanksgiving Recipes by the Post Punk Kitchen
Holiday Recipes from Eat Drink Better
Vegan Thanksgiving with Nava Atlas at Veg Kitchen