What we’re really talking about is a wonderful day when no one diets. I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving? —Erma Bombeck
It’s that time of the year, loves! Within the next few weeks, we kick off the holiday season I look forward to all year long.
Time with friends, family, laughter, playing games, catching up on our lives, counting our blessings, and planning our shopping trips for those on our nice list.
And of course, delicious food. How could I forget that part?
To help you stay ahead of your health journey, I’ve gathered some delicious low-glycemic Thanksgiving recipes I’ve found around the interwebs for you to make or bring to your Thanksgiving lunches and dinner festivities this week!
1. First up is the very obvious vegetable side dish. This veggie side dish is healthy, quick and easy to make so you’re bound to make a vegetarian/vegan happy! Or if you’re hosting, you can fire up the grill and cook some meat. And if you’re doing that, you might as well make some veggie kebabs while you’re at it! This garlic parmesean roasted broccoli recipe is great too! I’ve made it myself for meal prep and it’s so easy if you’re looking for a quick side dish to make right before dinner begins!
2. Instead of the high glycemic version, try this amazing vegan mac n’ cheese recipe. My roommates made it one night a few years ago and it tastes just like the real thing!
3. A clean green bean casserole recipe? Say what?! No Thanksgiving dinner is complete without a green bean casserole. Yes, please!
4. How about some soup? I had some butternut squash soup for the first time a few years ago and didn’t expect to like it at all. Guess what? I loved it! This butternut squash soup recipe from Mara looks amazing and is a must-try!
5. Instead of sweet potato casserole with marshmallows, how about roasted sweet potatoes minus the added sugar?
6. No one really thinks to bring a healthy drink like cranberry mint lime sparkling water to a party! I’m all about sparkling water so this is so what I’m going to make and bring to my Friendsgiving two weekends from now!
7. Let’s not forget dessert! How about some amazing cacao-peanut or vanilla-banana ice cream?! Go ahead. Click on the link and look at the photos and tell me you making this quick dessert won’t make you the most popular person at the party. Go ahead. I dare you.
Oh and as a bonus?
Here are some guilt-free dessert recipes you can look through. They don’t look guilt-free do they? HAHA!
If you do decide to go the turkey route and have leftovers (you’re bound to have leftovers of something, right?), check out this awesome turkey sandwich recipe (sorry, moist-maker is not included).
I hope this gives you a head start on some ideas should you be hosting Thanksgiving or bringing a dish to a loved one’s dinner. What’s your favorite side dish from the list?
If you follow the glycemic index, what are some of your favorite low-glycemic Thanksgiving recipes?
I’d love to get more ideas! Remember that it’s okay to have balance so a serving of high glycemic goodness here and there isn’t going to kill you. Just balance it all out and control your portions to keep your energy levels up so you don’t binge and have regrets later!