You can eat your nutrients and you can drink them, and with Thanksgiving coming up next week, I’ve got a few ideas for you on both accounts …
Seems like now is the perfect time to pick out and share some delicious and healthy side dishes, as well as talk about ways to give yourself a boost with some added vegetables and fruits away from the dinner table.
If you’re like me, when you’re searching for a recipe, you can end up spending far too much time. That’s why I’ve done a little leg-work for you when it comes to picking out at least one “healthier” side for the table, to plop down next to the hearty mac and cheese requested by some members of the family. Right? And no, this is not the time of year to worry about eating totally clean. It’s Thanksgiving, for goodness sake. Enjoy your meals, soak up your time with loved ones, but don’t forget to throw some fruits and veggies into your system here and there.
To create this list, I reached out to some fellow bloggers, and I also spent time scouring the Internet. While I’ve never made any of these recipes before, something about them stood out to me. See what you think …
- Roasted Winter Vegetable Salad with Goat Cheese and Pepitas served warm. Because you can’t ever go wrong with roasting veggies.
- Carrot Date and Mint Salad served cold. Seems quite refreshing when paired with hot entrees and might be good for the breath as well.
- Cranberry, Almond and Mushroom Stuffing simply because I love mushrooms and this one is super easy to put together.
- Avocado Deviled Eggs for an appetizer. I mean, creamy green goodness in an egg? Yes, please.
- Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms done with a twist. Maybe try these with turkey sausage? Yummy. I think so.
- Delicata Squash Salad with Kale, Pecans and Apples is calling my name, because I’ve never cooked delicata before.
- Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Mash instead of mashed potatoes. I couldn’t possibly love the thought of this one any more.
- Roasted Butternut Squash with Smoked Paprika and Turmeric because turmeric is all the rage today with it’s anti-inflammatory properties.
- Apple Brussels Sprouts Hash is a great way to have breakfast for dinner this holiday.
- Quinoa Stuffing with Apple, Sweet Potato and Hazelnuts because there is not a Thanksgiving without stuffing.
- Black Kale and Mango Salad with Walnut Crusted Goat Cheese would scare away some, but looks totally awesome to me.
- Honey Roasted Butternut Squash with Feta because, quite frankly, feta should be part of every meal.
I would love to eat any of these creative, seasonal and healthy veggie-filled dishes, that’s for sure. And perhaps one of them will make its way to your table as well?
But outside of sitting down for Thanksgiving for dinner, there are other ways to get in some colorful nutrients …
Give yourself an extra boost with juices
Look no further than these tasty “boosted” juices from my friends at Naked Juice, the perfect beverage to accompany breakfast, lunch or act as a snack this holiday season.
Check out the Blue Machine (containing blueberries, blackberries, apples and a banana), Green Machine (containing apples, banana, kiwi, mango and pineapple), Power-C Machine (containing strawberries, guavas, apples, orange, peach and mango) and Red Machine (containing raspberries, strawberries, cranberries, apples, pomegranate, orange, banana and grapes), which are all full of vitamins, vegetables, fruits and have no sugar added. While not exactly a side dish for Thanksgiving, these juices are definitely a great thing to have on hand during the busy holiday season, when you’re in the kitchen and in need of a refreshment and some extra nutrients.
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*Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Naked Juice. As a brand ambassador, I was compensated and received product. However, all thoughts an opinions are entirely my own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that work with me and A Lady Goes West!
Questions of the day
What’s your favorite Thanksgiving side dish?
How do you give yourself a boost over the holidays?
Where do you find recipe inspiration?