When it comes to Thanksgiving dinner it is easy to fall off the deep end. There are so many indulgences and it can be difficult to stay focused if your goal is weight loss. Potatoes, gravy, stuffing, yams (usually covered in marshmallows), and pineapple salad. What is pineapple salad you ask? My grandma makes this "salad" which I am pretty sure is cool whip, pineapple, small marshmallows, and a few other goodies. I loved it as a child but now I am not so sure.
Now we don't follow a Paleo diet plan in it's true sense, but we do use it as a foundation for our eating style. It is a great for weight loss and for most sedentary folks but we find we need to include more carbs than is generally "recommended" on a Paleo diet. I do however think it is a great for big extravagant meals like this...especially the desserts. Paleo desserts are dynamite!
1. Paleo Pumpkin Pie.
Almond Flour Pie Crust:
2 1/2 Cups Almond flour
1/2 Tsp Salt
1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
1/2 Cup Coconut Oil (melted)
2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
1 Tsp Vanilla
1) Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit
2) In medium size bowel combine dry ingredients
3) In small bowel combine wet ingredients
4) Stir wet ingredients into dry
5) Pay dough in to 9 inch glass pie dish and bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown
6) Remove from oven to cool
Pumpkin Pie Filling Ingredients:
1 Can Organic Pumpkin
1/2 Can Coconut Milk
1/2 Cup Honey
1 Tsp Cinnamon
1 Tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
Mix all ingredients together, blend until smooth. Bake @ 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 50 minutes, or until center is cooked through.
2. Paleo Thanksgiving Stuffing.
- 500 g sliced up pork sausage (cranberry/apple is a great thanksgiving choice)
- 1 diced up yam
- 3-4 cut up pieces up bacon
- 3-4 diced up stalks of celery
- 2 diced apples
- 1 diced onion
- ~1 cup nuts (walnuts or pecans)
- ~ 1 cup cranberries (optional but delicious)
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
Bake diced yams in the oven, cook bacon and sausage then slice up, mix it all together, and bake at 375 degrees F for about 20 minutes. Enjoy! Oh it is stuffing so if you want to add some other ingredients or spices go for it.
3. Baked Brussel Sprouts.
- Slice up your sprouts into halves
- Toss into a bowl
- Mix with some melted butter, salt, and pepper
- Add some walnuts
- Bake at 375 until tender
- Awesome option: add BACON!!!
4. Mashed Yams.
Instead have mashed yams. Yams have way more micronutrients and they are a slower digesting carb when compared to your traditional potatoes.
What to do:
- Peel and dice your yams
- Boil until tender
- Mash up with some full fat coconut milk and cinnamon
- Optional: I like to re-bake them once all mixed together. Gives it a nice texture.
5. Implement a 1-2 minute "workout".
This is simple and it truly does work in helping to prevent adding a few extra lb's. So how do you "workout" right before your meal?
Go to a bedroom, bathroom, or somewhere private, that is unless you want to lead all your family and friends in a group training session;), and do something like this:
- 50 body weight squats
- 25 wall push-ups
- A bridge for 1 minute
A small workout like this right before a meal will prep your body you better handle the meal and it is light enough that it will you won't be sweating bullets, huffin' and puffin', or interfere with your regular training ritual.
Try these top 5 Thanksgiving dinner ideas this year...you will be glad you did!
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