The holidays bring such lovely things together, like friends + family + incredible food. Since love is of such greater importance than 'food' per se even my own Thanksgiving + Christmas tables have a combination of both traditional (aka standard american diet) + new, modern (aka 'healthy') dishes. My 87 year old Nan deserves to have her mother's corn casserole (yes we still use a jiffy box of cornbread for this old family favorite) while I bring along my roasted veggie dishes smothered in grass fed butter.
I am sure many of you experience something very similar to what I describe. Thankfully some little changes can make all the difference and hopefully make no 'taste' difference to any one at your holiday tables. Here are some of our simple tips and favorites through the holidays, a lot of ingredients can be found on Thrive where you can get 25% with this link + everything ships to your doorstep for FREE when you spend $50.
-brussell sprouts, cauliflower, green beans, carrots all suit the season well
-include onions or shallots which caramelize and add a nice touch of sweetness, cooked onions are wonderful for a healthy gut
-choose ghee or grass fed butter for a safe fat to cook at a high temperature, some health conscious oil like avocado oil but I prefer butter for it's rich flavor and healthy cholesterol + omega 3's
-cook at 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until crispy and golden browned
Winter squash + sweet potatoes:
-the highlight of eating seasonally in the winter
-dice in 1'' cubes leaving the skin on for added fiber and nutrient boost if you + your guests can manage
-toss liberally in ghee or grass fed butter
-cook at 400 degrees for 45 minutes
The meaty main dish:
-aim for high quality animal protein that is free of added hormones, steroids, or abx use
-and if you're the guest you enjoy what's served cause some bio-available protein + complete source of amino acids is better than none
A little greens:
-keep it extra simple with butter lettuce + great dressing (we love all Primal Kitchen dressings)
-add pomegranates, pear, persimmon or apple
Always use a high quality sea salt with minerals to season your dishes. Modern, processed salt is void of most naturally occurring minerals and as nasty as it gets but food without salt is also as flat tasting as it gets. Besides, moms your adrenals actually need the minerals and sodium from a high quality salt, so season up this season ;)
When you're not pregnant we recommend you choose somewhat 'clean' maybe organic or sustainably produced wine. And red! Red wine is full of antioxidants, specifically resveratrol which is great for heart health and preventing aging, who knew?!
Xo Dani and Whitney