No question: Thanksgiving is one of my very favorite holidays.
But it’s hard to be quite so grateful when your dinner is loaded with ingredients that crash your blood sugar and drag your metabolism to a grinding halt… How about some help?
Below are my suggestions for Thanksgiving mains, sides, and desserts that avoid the 7 high-FI foods and keep your sugar impact low. And even if you skip the turkey, the rest of the meal makes for a fantastic vegetarian feast!
There’s plenty to be thankful for in this tasty Thanksgiving menu!
(Best of all, no one will even notice they’re eating healthy because they’ll be too busy enjoying the irresistible flavors…)
Need an appetizer? Start with Virgin Stuffed Mushrooms or Roasted Artichoke Dip. These delicious appetizers offer great nutrition, too. There’s no better way to start your Thanksgiving festivities than with extra vitamins, protein, and fiber!
Opt out of cooking the whole bird – make things quick and easy with gorgeous Turkey Cutlets with Marsala and Shiitake Mushrooms. This turkey dish cooks up in minutes, and the rich, flavorful sauce is an amazing alternative to lumpy gravy…
Instead of stuffing or dressing, opt for Wild Rice and Vegetable Pilaf or Acorn Squash Puree. Both of these dishes offer yummy autumn flavors without the gluten and empty carbs, plus they create perfect options for vegetarian guests.
Don’t forget the potatoes! Potatoes are back on the menu, thanks to their metabolism-boosting resistant starch. Just be sure you cook them the right way, as in Healthy Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes. Or go for Roasted Sweet Potato Salad instead.
Forget that outdated green bean casserole! Invite Green Beans with Shiitakes and Shallots and Braised Kale to dinner this year. Both these sides help you get your greens without adding processed canned soup and other questionable ingredients.
And no Thanksgiving meal is complete without Nutty Orange-Cranberry Sauce. This tangy twist on the classic has plenty of fruit flavor without all the sugar impact. (Don’t forget to set a bit aside for your Cranberry-Orange Sunrise Shake – it’s the perfect partner to help you shop till you drop on Black Friday!)
Bye-bye pumpkin pie, hello Pumpkin Bread Pudding and 4-Ingredient Paleo Pumpkin Brownies. End your meal with all the pumpkin-y goodness and none of the empty carbs! These are gluten-free, dairy-free desserts that will satisfy your sweet tooth without leaving you in a sugar coma.
Happy Thanksgiving from the whole JJ Virgin team – we’re so grateful for you!