Healthier Thanksgiving Recipe and Gratitude Roundup

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Thanksgiving is 100% my favorite holiday of the entire year! I love what it stands for and I really love the feast. It’s my favorite meal to make and to eat by FAR. I’m not kidding. Over the past couple of years, I have found myself joining my family somewhere for the Thanksgiving feast that doesn’t require me to cook, which makes me both happy to relax on Turkey day, but also sad to miss out on all the cooking fun [and the leftovers in the fridge… that’s the best part, right?]! On top of it all, I have mastered my old family recipes and have found a way to make them completely gluten free and [mostly] dairy free! So, I’ve made a point to cook my favorite meal for my little family and friends, which I’ll be doing on Monday of next week!

Since I love the holiday, I can’t help but share my favorite parts of it [and how we make it special] with you! So, here is my Thanksgiving Favorites Roundup, from the food, to the family activities, to the heart behind the holiday!

The Food

Here are my favorite Gluten Free and Healthier recipes for your Thanksgiving table!

Gluten Free Macaroni and Cheese Casserole
Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Walnuts
Gluten Free Cornbread Dressing / Stuffing
Gluten Free Green Bean Casserole

The Family Activities and the Heart Behind the Holiday

Get Moving Before the Feast

Recently on Thanksgiving Day, I have gotten into the habit of getting a good workout in nice and early in the morning! This year, I’m hoping to jump on a bike at SoulCycle before 8am to get my body ready for all the eatin’ I’ll be doin’! One year, my whole family did the Turkey Trot and we had the BEST time trotting around downtown Austin before the feast!

If you’re stuck at home and need a good pre-turkey workout, check out this awesome Thanksgiving WOD you can do in your living room that will really get you ready to indulge!

Get the Gratitude Going

I just recently started a new, fun activity on Wednesday nights on Facebook and Instagram called Bedtime Babble. Each week, once the babes are in bed, I grab a drink and chat about the real things in life! My first post? You bet it was on gratitude! Not only do I talk about the benefits of practicing gratitude, but I share one of my favorite ways to bring the Thankfulness to the Thanksgiving table [especially for the little ones], The Turkey On The Table. Check out the post, including the video here and don’t forget to tune into Bedtime Babble on Wednesday nights at 8pm CST!

Here are my favorite ways to make gratitude your attitude on Thanksgiving Day:

  • Turkey on the Table
  • The Thankful Tree – Pick up a rosemary Christmas tree [available at Whole Foods or other grocery stores] for your Thanksgiving centerpiece. Then, create a name card for each guest at their place with a strong attached to it. Before praying over the meal and eating, have each guest write what they’re thankful for most this year and then go around and have them share their gratitude with the table as they hang it on the tree. I did this one year and it was the perfect way to get ours heads in the right spot [and blend in a little Christmas spirit] before eating!
  • Give Back on Thanksgiving Day – See how you can serve those in need in your community on Thanksgiving Day and give a few hours of your time as a family before enjoying your meal! It’s a great reminder of how blessed we are!

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day filled with gratitude, those you love, yummy food and memories you’ll hold forever. I’m so, very, thankful for you!

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