These days it seems like every dinner party is bound to have someone with a special diet! And I say that with love because at my family gatherings that person is me hahah

Whether you are vegan or have guests that are vegan (or maybe allergic to eggs or dairy), there are SO MANY amazing Thanksgiving-friendly recipes for you to choose from.

These recipes are mostly on the “healthier” side but still feel authentic and indulgent.  I’m all for indulging at times and I think it’s important to fully enjoy the food you eat, especially on Thanksgiving! What you don’t want is to feel ill (don’t over eat!) or guilty… so find that balance.  Figure out where you want to indulge and where you want to add in nutrients.  DO NOT feel bad about what you do eat but DO eat mindfully.

 

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Here are a few tips for a healthy Thanksgiving dinner…

  • – If you find you want to try EVERYTHING, either take very small portions OR ask the host if you can take a doggy bag! Chances are she’ll be flattered haha That way you can eat a healthy amount on Thanksgiving and then try some of the stuff you couldn’t fit into your tummy the next day.
  • – Load up on veggies but go easy on butter, gravy etc Those foods pack a TON of calories in a small amount and generally not many nutrients.
  • – You can always start with salad.  Give yourself 20 min and then serve yourself other stuff.  Chances are you’ll feel less “hungry” by then and won’t over eat as much.
  • – Don’t feel obliged. You don’t HAVE to have seconds. You don’t HAVE to try everything.  It’s okay to say no. 🙂
  • – Don’t feel guilty for what you do eat.  You already ate it, so what’s the point?  Drink some water, maybe take a walk or play football but don’t worry about it.  It’s just one meal.  I promise you will not wake up 10lbs heavier 😉
  • – Drink a glass of water before you eat. Again, it helps prevent over eating.
  • – Don’t not eat all day and then eat a big Thanksgiving dinner/dessert. I know people do that so that they don’t go over their “macros” or whatever, but it’s not doing you any favors.  You can choose healthy, light options beforehand as long as you still eat.
  • – Remember Thanksgiving is about giving thanks more so than it is about the food. I mean, the food is great don’t get me wrong…  but sometimes focusing on what REALLY matters is helpful.
  • – Remember to eat mindfully. That means, pay attention to what you are eating.  Chew chew chew.  Take breaks. Sit down. Enjoy the company you’re with. Smell the food.  Be present in the moment rather than just, you know, shoveling it in your mouth really quickly.

 

Below are some delicious vegan, mostly whole food based recipes to get you inspired!

 

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 Roasted Butternut Squash with Kale & Almond Pecan Parmesan 

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 Butternut Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole

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 Vegan Zucchini Gratin

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 Vegan Green Bean Casserole

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Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes With Mushroom Gravy

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 Simple Pumpkin Soup

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 Stuffed Portobello Mushroom

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Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Tahini Sauce

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Cranberry Apple Walnut Stuffing

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Shallot and Thyme Mashed Potatoes

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 Pecan Pie Tarts

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 Chai Spiced Sweet Potato Pie

 

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