Stuffing and “overstuffed” are both synonymous with Thanksgiving, right? But filling up on recipes chock-full of better-for-you ingredients makes us feel a lot better. So how do we do that?
Preparing for a healthy Thanksgiving is just like preparing for a healthy lifestyle. You stock your pantry full of the good stuff and you get rid of the bad. And once you have a pantry full of healthy staples and fun ingredients, you’ll be excited to incorporate them into your Thanksgiving Day feast! These pantry staples from NOW® are your best bet for a guilt-free Thanksgiving.
Of course we have to have quinoa! This protein-packed grain makes a terrific base for so many favorite recipes, and this holiday it’s no different. Toast some quinoa to use on top of your green bean casserole, mix it into soups, and even use it to create a healthier alternative to traditional stuffing. Yes, seriously. Quinoa stuffing! This Cinnamon Holiday Quinoa with Turkey Sausage is full of savor and spice, lightly sweetened with apple juice to hit all of the notes on your palate. Get the full recipe here!
Infused Coconut Oil
You know how each TV show has the supporting actors, without which the show would be impossible and a complete disaster? Butter is the supporting cast of Thanksgiving. Everything seems to call for butter – some recipes require even more than one stick! But NOW makes it even better, with their Ellyndale® Organics Coconut Infusions™ Non-Dairy Butter Flavor Coconut Oil. That’s right – it’s coconut oil infused with non-dairy butter flavor so you get the flavor of butter with the benefits of coconut oil. It’s a great 1:1 vegan butter substitute, too. It’s one of my absolutely favorite pantry products, and definitely the supporting cast of my everyday cooking.
Just like quinoa, wild rice creates a fantastic base for your favorite recipes while providing a depth of nutrients and nutty flavor. It’s not genetically modified or altered in any way, and maybe it’s just me, but wouldn’t you rather have a Thanksgiving meal that’s not loaded with GMOs? I love wild rice for its texture and flavor, especially in soups. This Vegan Wild Rice Soup makes for a great first course on Thanksgiving, and provides a healthy dose of veggies as well – gotta sneak ’em in wherever you can! Toss the usual plate of cornbread and a salad that has more calories than pecan pie and sub in this Vegan Wild Rice Soup for a healthy starter that satisfies.
Gluten-Free Flour and Baking Mixes
Our digestive systems do enough work as it is, let’s not make it harder by consuming hard-to-digest proteins like gluten. Opt for gluten-free flour and baking mixes, like Living Now® Gluten Free Baking & Pancake Mix, so your favorite recipes can keep their famous flavor while being easy on the gut. Pass these Vegan Sweet Corn Muffins, please. Gluten-free flour also makes a great thickener, and can be used to make a gut-friendly gravy to top your turkey!
Wait… what? Sugarless sugar? Isn’t that impossible? Well I say nothing is impossible, and Sugarless Sugar does exist and it’s wonderful. It clocks in at only 1/3 the calories of regular sugar and is made with stevia for a boost of natural sweetness. It also measures cup for cup like sugar, so it subs easily into all of your favorite recipes! Use it in pies, pastries and desserts, or even to sweeten your post-dinner cup of joe.
Now that we’re prepped for a healthier Thanksgiving, it’s time to give back to our gut and get our digestive system ready for the feast ahead. Pack your pantry with digestive support supplements like NOW® Super Enzymes and NOW® Probiotic 10™ 25 Billion to promote healthy digestion and gut flora for intestinal balance.* Your tummy will thank you later.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.