A Nutrient-Rich Thanksgiving Including a Few Healthy Recipes

Hello fellow nutritarians!

It’s people like you (if you are reading this) who inspire me to strive for eating the best I can throughout the year, whether it’s a holiday or not. People like us are not necessarily healthy nuts, we just want to eat in the healthiest and most successful way, without having to be perfect or sacrifice great taste.

Well, there is no other holiday that currently supports you in healthy eating like Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is already the most nutrient-rich holiday there is, with all the vegetables and fruits and the down-to-earth feeling you get on Thanksgiving day… where it’s all about being truly grateful for all that we have in our lives. After all, we are the luckiest people who have ever been born to date, throughout all of history, who have access to so many technologies and healthy food, sanitation and for the most part freedom from fears associated with mere survival. It’s an amazing time to be alive, particularly if you don’t get caught up with a lot of modern pitfalls.

One such pitfall, as you know, is eating nutrient-poor food, especially when it’s so simple to make the switch to nutrient-rich and get all the benefits of healthy eating, without having to be perfect or sacrifice great taste. This is a far cry from what healthy eating used to be. 

Well, Thanksgiving is a holiday already rich with nutrient-rich foods; but did you know you could actually go through this holiday and eat up to 90% or more plant nutrient rich foods, in the greatest tasting ways and wake up the next day feeling great without the ensuing cold that will befell so many people because they basically ate a heart attack on a plate and all the junk food they could to overwhelm their bodies?

In the past, Thanksgiving has been some sort of license, not only to overeat, but to also overwhelm your body with nutrient-poor foods too, like cake and pie etc, as if it is OK, just because it’s a holiday. I mean, you can eat whatever you want, but you know you can’t eat whatever, whenever and get the results you want. So if you want to have a great Thanksgiving, which may include eating more than you usually do (after all it is a feast), and feel good afterwards, then make this a nutrient-rich Thanksgiving!

Instead of eating meals heavy with calorie-rich, nutrient-poor animal products and ultra refined food stuffs, eat smaller amounts of Turkey and other animal products and discover the dozens, actually unlimited number of ways to eat plant based, nutrient rich menus.

Here’s are two nutrient-rich recipes for Thanksgiving

Porcini Mushroom Gravy.


  • 1/2 cup dried porcini mushrooms
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup mushrooms sliced (your choice)
  • 3 tablespoons whole wheat flour (get 365 from whole foods)
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon Bragg Liguid Aminos
  • 1 Tablespoon Dr.Fuhrman’s Vegizest
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper.

Cauliflower with an Attitude (the healthiest mash potato like dish you will ever eat!)


  • 6 Cups cauliflower florets, fresh or frozen
  • 6 cloves garlic, roasted
  • 10 ounces fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup raw cashew butter (soy, hemp, or almond milk if needed to thin)
  • 2 tablespoons Dr. Fuhrman’s VegiZest
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg.

* Keep in mind the nutrient density of cauliflower is stratospherically higher than white potatoes or even sweet potatoes for that matter. It is a cruciferous vegetable with incredible anti-cancer properties according to Dr. Fuhrman. So why not explore a great-tasting mashed potatoes-like dish that provides incredible health benefits at the same time? Enjoy.

Some Nutrient-Rich Holiday Tips

1) Instead of ice cream, eat vice cream – real food ice creams that are made from cashews, water, maple syrup and vanilla, for example. 

2) Rather than seasoning the sweet potatoes with butter or margarine, add orange, pineapple, apples, pecans, cinnamon, nutmeg, date sugar, maple syrup, lemon, and/or lime, to add even more flavor.

3) Enjoy freshly-baked bread by itself – there is no need to spread on the artery-clogging butter when whole grain breads and healthy spreads are all around us. You can use raw nut butters, apple butter spreads and others.

If you choose to leave some of your old food favorites as is, eating smaller portions will likely not happen. So, make the majority of your meals with Nutrient-Rich Recipes, and you won’t have to eat as much to get full. You’ll get fulfilled faster eating nutrient-rich foods when hunger shuts off. You also won’t have to deprive yourself of the great tasting foods that are important to you and the holiday spirit as you make nutrient-rich versions.

Don’t worry, during this holiday you will likely overeat and gain a few pounds no matter what you eat because everything centers on food. Bu,t go through the holidays eating nutrient-rich, and you’ll come through in January feeling like a champ. 

You can then lose weight the Nutrient-Rich Way, without the addictive withdrawal people suffer from that prevents them from eating healthy, with simple adjustments, and there is no dieting required!

Achieving a slimmer healtheir body in after the holidays will be allot easier when you have nutrient-rich holidays. You don’t have to be perfect and you never have to sacrifice great tasting foods.

Make only one commitment his holiday season, which kicks off with Thanksgiving. Raise your standard and eat up to 90% or more plant based nutrient-rich foods, not the nutrient poor foods so many of us are used to, that wreak havoc on your body. 

Start the New Year with the confidence and knowing you celebrated well.

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