Thanksgiving Sans Tryptophan
Even though our Canadian Thanksgiving has passed, I thought I might as well make available just a few suggestions on how to have a healthy, un-bloated holiday celebration.
1. Try incorporating fresh whole food salads into your meal – you don’t necessarily have to go turkey-free, but add some nice green or even root salads into the mix.
The picture above includes (clockwise from the top) mashed veggies, stuffing, marinated mushrooms, fresh tomatoes and avocado.
2. Cook less – I know we love all the fixin’s, but ever try cheesy mashed ‘potatoes?’ I know it seems blasphemous, but it only took me about 5 minutes from cutting veggies to tasting it. Eating naturally is simple as pie.
And speaking of pie:
3. Try a raw dessert – I make chocolate pudding that’s actually the simplest thing ever: 2 avocados, 2-4 tablespoons of cocoa powder (or raw cacao powder for those who wanna do the real raw deal), 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, and agave, honey or dates as a sweetener. Throw it all in a blender, and voila, you’ve got natural, healthy, 'better than packaged' pudding!
That’s all there is to it. You can find the inspiration for all the recipes mentioned above in the book: Living Raw Foods by Sarma Melngailis, Harper Collins Publishers, Thanksgiving Dinner, p. 219 – 222.
Have a happy, healthy and joyous Thanksgiving Weekend everyone!