This Thanksgiving will be the first that my daughter (now just over 2 years old) will eat a real Thanksgiving meal. I just know she’ll be curious and excited to try everything on the table. And I’m looking forward to introducing her to some of my favorite recipes and the tradition of giving thanks and gratitude.
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it allows me to indulge in amazing food that’s totally hormone-friendly and hormone-supportive. I can take a whole bunch of my favorite ingredients – like sweet potatoes and organic turkey – and make some really nutritious, nourishing dishes. I like to keep it simple cooking-wise, so I can spend more quality time with my family, as that, to me, is what this holiday is all about.
In last year’s Thanksgiving post, I highlighted for you the importance of eating breakfast on Thanksgiving morning. Many of us are inclined to skip it. But, as much as you can, you should try to stick to your normal eating routine of three meals per day, instead of eating nothing or snacking on appetizers until a big, oversized, Thanksgiving dinner at 4pm. Eat a good breakfast, and serve your meal at the normal time – like 1pm. Then, later that day, you can have the dessert or a second plate of leftovers.
This pattern is essential to maintain blood sugar balance, and, as a result, hormonal balance. You’ll enjoy the day more too as you’ll avoid that hangry feeling as well as the post-binge bloat.
My Thanksgiving meal plan
I make the entire Thanksgiving dinner the day before. The day of Thanksgiving I just put my turkey in the oven at 6.30am and then later on, warm up all the delicious sides in the oven. That way I can concentrate on enjoying my time with my family. Plus we get to eat at 1pm, rather than waiting until late afternoon.
We’ll start our meal with a cup of homemade bone broth. Check out my recipe. It’s really the perfect Thanksgiving appetizer.
Dinner will consist of: An organic turkey and, instead of mashed potatoes, a special sweet potatoe smashed roots recipe, and instead of green bean cassarole, my green beans dish with fennel. I’ll have a side of stuffing made from from buckwheat, apples, onions and herbs. My cranberry sauce recipe is so easy – just cranberries, juices, and honey. Plus a little helping of sauerkraut to help the microbiome along with this larger-than-normal intake of food.
For dessert (which usually I save for the evening), we have apple cobbler made with coconut oil and cinnamon.
My daughter will happily try out all of these dishes – she’s already a fan of green beans!
What will you be eating this Thanksgiving? Share your recipes in the comments or on social media with #FLOholiday
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