November 14, 2014

Gobble It Up - Prepping for Thanksgiving: Part 1

I'm currently hosting a free ten day Facebook group where I'm sharing healthy and delicious meal ideas to help keep you on track for the holidays! Thanksgiving is traditionally about lots of "cream of"this and that, with fried toppings and lots of HUGE portions. I'm making it a priority this year to plan ahead and make some really GREAT food that I don't have to feel super guilty about later.

Did you know that the average American puts on 10-15lbs during this holiday season? <--- yup, that's the size of a turkey. Think about that! Make it easier on yourself to feel better and bounce back faster from the holiday season with some really yummy, new favorites on the table!

We just finished day three in the group and the past few days we've talked about planning and prepping for the holiday, yummy appetizers and drinks (alcoholic and not!). I've had a lot of group members share their favorite healthy options for these categories too, but for this blog I'll just share what I'm sharing in my group as well!

Appetizers - Garlic Parmesan Roasted Chickpeas

WARNING: Do not make these prior to dinner or you will be munching on them the whole time! You could add Cajun seasoning and make them spicy if you wish.
2 cans (15.5oz each) garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
2 tablespoon coconut oil, melted, divided
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon minced garlic or more if you like
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
Optional: cayenne powder or curry powder
pepper to taste
Drain the beans and rinse them well. Lay them on paper towels to dry for about 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a bowl, mix together 1 tablespoon of oil and add chickpeas to coat.
Add salt, garlic, and cheese and stir well to coat.
Lay beans on a baking sheet and drizzle with remaining tablespoon of melted coconut oil.
Bake for 20 minutes, stir and continue to bake until golden and crispy.

Drinks - Antioxidant Pomegranate Sangria & Cranberry Apple Cider

This Sangria recipe looks and sounds amazing! I'm down for anything that's pomegranate and sangria  You can try this with white or red wine - whichever your taste prefers!

Cranberry Apple Cider - YUM!! and in the crockpot! This is easy AND delicious!
•1 64 oz. bottle 100% organic apple juice
•12 oz. bag fresh cranberries
•Handful whole cloves
•Couple cinnamon sticks

1. Pour the apple juice into the slow cooker. Add the fresh cranberries, whole cloves and cinnamon sticks.
2. Set on high for 4 hours. Strain the cranberries, cloves and cinnamon sticks before serving.
3. The cranberries will pop and release their tart juices. The sweetness of the apple juice will balance it out. If you wish for a sweeter cider, then add a few Tbsp of brown sugar to sweeten it up!
4. Serve warm, straight of out the slow cooker

Hope these have been helpful! Let me know what your favorite appetizers and holiday drinks are! Stay tuned in the next few days for sides, desserts and gluten free, vegan and low carb options!

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