The holiday season is upon us!! Aside from practicing gratefulness and spending time with your family and friends, what else is on your mind this Thanksgiving?
I'm going to take a wild guess and assume that most of us are thinking about the same thing: FOOD. Whether you are excited about what's on the menu, worried about your speciality diet, or thinking about overindulging before the day is even here... we're with you!
The good news? It is possible to mindfully nourish yourselves and your family members while still enjoying the holiday! At zing, we believe that the best food starts with the best ingredients. We also understand how difficult it can be to be on a speciality diet during the holidays. This is why we decided to round up our favorite recipes that are free from allergens commonly found in processed foods.
We've highlighted some of our favorite blogs below for some healthier takes on Thanksgiving classics (that are sure to satisfy your holiday taste buds)!
- Nix the white sugar for coconut or brown sugar in this gluten free sweet potato recipe from Erin Lives Whole. So yummy, you won’t even miss the marshmallows!
- Cranberry sauce often gets a bad rap, but as Kate from Cookie and Kate says, "No holiday table is complete without it!" This simple, 10-minute gluten free, plant-based and vegan recipe uses only four ingredients. Needless to say, high fructose corn syrup (which is found in your store-bought canned cranberry sauce) isn’t one of them. She even provides a variety of uses for the leftovers! For cranberry sauce you can feel good about, check out Kate’s recipe here.
The Best Ever Vegan Stuffing by Kale Junkie. Yep, you read that right. Stuffing made without any meat or chicken stock, but packed full of flavor that will not disappointment.
Green Bean Casserole. I know what you’re thinking... Canned green beans, canned soup, and canned onions. Right?? ...wrong!! Not a can in sight with Erin's recipe - just fresh green beans packed with fiber, vitamin-c, and folate, plus onions and mushrooms for an abundance of flavor. What's more? Erin's recipe can also be made vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and/or gluten free!
- In this dairy free recipe, Ambitious Kitchen uses coconut sugar and pure maple syrup to sweeten her Best Ever Healthy Pumpkin Pie. With better-for-you ingredients than what you would normally find in a pumpkin pie, we promise this is just a good—if not better—than what you’re used to seeing on the dessert table!
We hope you enjoyed this Thanksgiving recipe roundup, but more importantly - we hope you take the time to celebrate all of the things for which you are thankful. After all, the holiday season is the best time to enjoy family, friends, traditions, and yep - you guessed it: FOOD!