How to Have a Paleo Thanksgiving

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With the fall season here and Thanksgiving just around the corner, you may be wondering how to enjoy a healthy meal with family and friends while sticking to your Paleo lifestyle. You should make sure that you avoid grain-rich foods and desserts and that you keep sugar intake to a considerable minimum.

Roast Turkey on platter

Roast Turkey on platter

Here is a meal plan that will not only make Thanksgiving a tantalizing feast but a memorable one as well. This holiday menu is good for the whole family and it’ll definitely leave everyone thankful. While there is a wide selection of great dishes to bring to the table, bread, mashed potatoes, stuffing and desserts really stand out from the rest.

Appetizer. A protein-rich appetizer is always the best and here you can choose to have bacon-wrapped dates with almonds, smoked bacon oysters, fig tapenade, and beet or carrot salad.

Turkey. To make it more delicious you can use a mixture of carrots, celery and onions and place them around the turkey. There’s no rule that says you have to eat turkey! Options include roast goose or Cornish game hens with sausage and egg stuffing. You can also have a fresh ham or prime rib with a holiday spice rub.

Mashed potatoes. Since potatoes are forbidden, mashed sweet potatoes and yams offer a better choice. You can always add a little butter and maple syrup. For herb gravy, you can include ingredients such as garlic, onions, chicken stock and thyme.

Stuffing. The truth is that things can get quite tricky when it comes to stuffing, especially when it comes to using Paleo breads. There are several grain-free stuffing recipes that you can use for a new experience. These are green peppers, ground pork, mushrooms, cranberries and apples. You can include other creative options such as nut stuffing, breadless cauliflower, bread-free fruit and mushroom stuffing.

Dessert. Several ingredients can be used to create a healthy Paleo dessert. These include cacao powder, avocado, coconut milk and maple syrup. Ginger snaps are also perfect fit for a dessert and you can make them using blackstrap molasses, arrowroot flour or fresh ginger. Pumpkin pie from gluten-free almond with Stevia and honey and immune boosting spices will definitely give you a dessert that makes natural sweetness a reality.

Root veggies. Thanksgiving gives you an opportune moment to sample various root veggies such as radishes, rutabaga, turnips, green onions and carrots. You can also add to your meal cider-glazed roots with roasted beets, cinnamon walnuts and pistachio bourbon or butter.

While Thanksgiving is a time to have fun with family, it is important that you maintain your Paleo lifestyle on all days of the year!