Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because FOOD but also because of the traditions my family, friends and I have created together around this day.
In the past, I've pulled together a round up of healthy holiday recipes - some that I'm hoping to try out myself, but also simply to provide YOU all with inspiration on how this traditionally overindulgent meal can also be nourishing and full of veggies :)
This year I'm doing a slightly different recipe round up. The recipes I'm sharing today are not necessarily meant for your holiday meal, but rather in the days surrounding Thanksgiving (or whatever holiday you're celebrating!).
Why? What trips us up health or digestion wise around the holidays isn't usually the holiday meal itself. It's how we eat in between the festivities and parties.
Pumpkin AND pecan pie with whipped cream is totally fine on Thanksgiving. It's when we have that plus the Gingerbread latte and almond croissant the next morning while Black Friday shopping, plus the 1/2 (okay full) bottle of wine with friends the next evening, plus leftover pie for breakfast the next day that we start to feel less than sparkly in our bodies.
It's not ONE meal or ONE decision that makes or breaks your health. It's how you feed and treat yourself most of the time that truly makes a difference.
This is not to say you can't enjoy yourself thoroughly and repetitively throughout the holiday season. I plan to have MANY desserts and cocktails with friends and lazy mornings.
But I also plan to choose my indulgences consciously, and choose to feed myself nourishing, whole foods between those conscious indulgences.
So the recipes that I'm sharing today are wholesome, gut healing and simple. They're foods and meals you can reset yourself with in between the parties and celebratory meals, for this season and beyond.
NOURISHING RECIPES for “IN BETWEEN” HOLIDAY FEASTS:
Note: Many of these recipes are pulled from the few cookbooks I own. I’ve linked recipes when possible, but I also highly recommend investing in these cookbooks as they are packed with easy, nourishing recipes.
SOUPS + SALADS:
Eat Your Greens Detox Soup from Oh She Glows Cookbook
Creamy Vegetable Soup from Go with Your Gut
Glowing Spiced Lentil Soup from Oh She Glows blog
Cleansing Fennel Salad from Thin From Within
Shepard’s Pie from Go with Your Gut
Superhuman Breakfast (for breakfast, lunch or dinner!)
The Simplest Salmon from Thin From Within
My favorite thing to reset my gut is a pile of steamed veggies of any and all kinds! I love steaming up kale, sweet potatoes, peas, kabocha squash and more in my bamboo steamer basket (which yes, I pack and bring with me for the holidays!).
Collard Salad Wraps from Thin From Within
Aloe Tonic or simply add fresh aloe juice to your water (super soothing for your gut)
Whether you make one of these recipes or something more festive from a previous holiday round up (linked in PS below!), I LOVE seeing your food photos. Snap a picture of your dish or plate and post it to social media (Instagram, Facebook or Twitter!). Be sure to tag me @EmilyNachazel so I can see your posts.
For healthy holiday meal inspiration, check out my recipe round UPs from previous years: