It’s that time of year again, and I can honestly say I feel more grateful this year, than I have ever felt! It’s been a struggle of a year and a half getting acquainted with a new home/city/state and everything that comes with that. But, it’s been the biggest year of spiritual growth and God has been ever so faithful in providing, comforting, and gently leading me through the struggle and pain into a place of absolute peace where I can look back and appreciate everything I was able to learn through the trials. So, because of struggle, I am more satisfied. Because of grace, I am beyond grateful. Because of pain, I experienced providence. And I hope from the bottom of my heart, that each of you sees the good in the situations and circumstances you’re either in the middle of, been through, or are approaching, and realize the goodness of Jesus in the bigger picture, and that none of our suffering is wasted. When the apostle Paul was in jail, he said, “Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” I can relate and I wish that wisdom, understanding, and ultimate peace on you all this holiday season, and after.
That said, I wanted to do something for you to make the holiday meal preparations a little easier.
We all want healthy options, but we don’t want to scour the internet and cookbooks for the recipes, so I did it for you! I made a list of all the traditional Thanksgiving dishes and linked a healthy recipe option to each one specifying the following dietary preferences: CLEAN, PALEO, GLUTEN FREE, and VEGETARIAN! *Most of the Vegetarian options are Vegan, too.* Obviously they’re all clean, but beyond that, the gluten free links will be as close to completely allergen free as possible, and vegetarian will be as close to vegan as possible. I hope you find this helpful and I hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving, #CauseFitness style!
Each photo contains the link to the recipe. Just click on the image of the recipe you’d like!
Here’s an easy key to the abbreviations and a brief explaination:
C = Clean (nothing artificial, processed or refined, all-natural)
P = Paleo (nothing artificial, processed or refined, all-natural, no grains, no dairy)
G = Gluten-Free (No grains containing gluten)
V = Vegetarian (no animal products)
*And a HUGE thank you to each of the original recipe’s bloggers and creators!!
GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE
VEGETABLE SIDE DISH
Aaaaand the treats…it IS a holiday, after all…
CAUSE FITNESS TIP: I don’t suggest you eat everything possible in the name of the holiday. Practice moderation. Start with lean protein, fats, and greens and keep carbs to a minimum. I hope that was helpful! And I wish you all a very happy, healthy Thanksgiving!
YOUR TURN: What is one healthy tip you practice at holiday parties and other social gatherings?