Thanksgiving: a time to reconnect with long lost relatives, spend endless hours cooking in the kitchen, stand in line to get the best Black Friday deals, and enjoy countless games of football. No matter what our Thanksgiving Day objective, our ambitious intention to make healthy food choices tends to get lost in the chaos of the holiday. Don’t wait until 2016 to resolve to eat healthier. Showcase your commitment early with this delicious and healthy Thanksgiving Superfood Menu that will impress your guests and keep you feeling your best all day long.
Thanksgiving Day morning starts early, so fuel up on a healthy breakfast. Blend up one of these 19 Smoothie Bowl Recipes to start your day off right with the super foods your body needs to keep you going during the long hours ahead. Bring on the apron.
APPETIZERS & COCKTAILS
- Holiday Hummus Board by Half Baked Harvest – This epic spread of hummus along with baked pita chips and veggies is the perfect nutritious appetizer to help you start your Thanksgiving off on the right foot. This board features a Indian Spiced Hummus with Cilantro Pesto + Pomegranate, a Roasted Garlic and Parmesan Hummus with Rosemary Oil, and a Pumpkin and Goat Cheese Hummus with Crispy Sage and Prosciutto Pesto.
- Classic Spiced Nuts by Eat Chic Chicago – Nothing says “football snack” quite like spiced nuts and this is my go-to recipe every year. Put a few bowls of these around the living room for your friends and family to munch on while they cheer on their favorite team.
- Seasonal Bruschetta Bar by What’s Gaby Cooking – Think beyond the traditional cheese platter and create a one-of-a-kind board featuring nutrient-dense ingredients like roasted red peppers, fresh pesto, sundried tomatoes, caramelized onions, and sautéed mushrooms to add to classic assorted cheeses and cured meats. Arrange all of your favorites on a large tray for your guests to mix and match the perfect pre-meal snack.
- The Hibernating Honey Bear by In Sock Monkey Slippers: In additional to traditional wine and beer, I love the idea of having a signature Thanksgiving Day cocktail such as this refreshing yet warming bourbon cocktail featuring honey sage syrup. Make a large batch ahead of time in a pitcher of beverage dispenser with a side of sage and orange peel garnishes for guests to help themselves.
THE MAIN EVENT
- Chile-Rubbed Turkey by Bon Appétit – For the best turkey recipes, I turn the Thanksgiving headquarters of Bon Appétit. This recipe suggests brining the turkey overnight in a mixture of beer and spices and then coating it with a flavorful chile paste before cooking.
- Kale Caesar Salad by Oh She Glows – The number of superfoods in this salad are endless. With classic romaine and dark green leafy kale topped with a nut and seed “parmesan cheese”, crunchy chickpea croutons and creamy cashew dressing.
- Multigrain Flax Dinner Rolls by Annie Eats – These fiber-rich dinner rolls are made with a mix of whole wheat flour, oats, flaxseed and oat bran and topped with a mix of poppy and sesame seeds.
- Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes by Love and Lemons – The nutritious combination of Yukon gold potatoes, cauliflower, garlic and rosemary come together to create this creamy and fluffy butter-free side dish that will have you coming back for seconds.
- Parsley Sage Rosemary and Thyme Gravy by Vegetarian Times – This creamy, veggie-rich gravy is completely vegan and gluten-free, making it versatile for any guest with specific dietary requests.
- Apple Sausage Cornbread Stuffing by Fork Knife & Swoon – The sweet cornbread, plump sausage, tangy apples and aromatic herb of this gluten-free stuffing make it the perfect accompaniment to any Thanksgiving Day meal.
- Scalloped Hasselback Sweet Potatoes by The Baker Chick – Swap the traditional sugary, marshmallow-covered sweet potatoes, for this savory dish. Use sweet potatoes for your scalloped potato dish this year for an extra boost of vitamins and minerals.
- Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts by Averie Cooks – Nothing beats caramelized roasted Brussels sprouts topped with a tangy balsamic glaze. Brush on a little maple syrup in place of the brown sugar and sprinkle the finished dish with Parmesan cheese, crushed pistachios and dried cranberries.
- Simple Skillet Green Beans by Healthy Seasonal Recipes – Not everything has to be fancy. Keep some side dishes simple, like these green beans seasoned with garlic, red pepper flakes and sea salt. Blanch your green beans ahead of time to save on cooking time and maintain that beautiful bright green color.
- No Bake Peanut Butter Pumpkin Pie by The Glowing Fridge – Peanut butter and pumpkin are a match made in heaven and come together to create this creamy, buttery, not-so-typical, make-ahead-of-time pumpkin pie!
- Chilled Chocolate Hazelnut Torte by Eat Chic Chicago – This fudgey frozen pie is perfect for the chocolate fanatic in the family. The chewy hazelnut crust is topped with a chocolate coconut filling and can be made the night (or even a few days) before your Thanksgiving Day feast.
- Healthy Gluten-Free Apple Crisp by Cookie and Kate – This wholesome, honey-sweetened apple crisp features oats, almond meal, and crunchy pecans. Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an extra treat!
Still feeling like you might overdue on Thanksgiving Day despite these recommendations? Cleanse after a long day of eating and drinking with this real food Winter Weekend Cleanse by My New Roots to help you get back on track!
What are you cooking for Thanksgiving Day dinner? Share your favorite healthy recipe with us in the comments section!