Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes To Share With Your Family This Year

Jennifer Merchant is a Holistic Health Practitioner and Clinical Nutritionist at Barkstrom Natural Health
Jennifer Merchant is a Holistic Health Practitioner and Clinical Nutritionist at Barkstrom Natural Health. Jennifer is trained in Functional Medicine, Ayurvedic Medicine, and Nutrition Response Testing. She recently moved back to her hometown in Chautauqua County and is excited to help you and your family regain your health.

Thanksgiving dinner doesn’t have to mean throwing out your healthy diet completely. If you want to stick to your health goals, while also enjoying the holidays, you can find healthy alternatives to all of your favorite foods to make and also experiment with some new ones.

Here are two recipes that you can add to your Thanksgiving meal this year to share with your family that are both healthy and delicious!

Kale with Cranberries

2 bunches of kale
¼ cup pine nuts
¼ cup dried cranberries
3 Tbsp olive oil

1. Steam the kale until it is bright green
2. Meanwhile in a cast iron skillet, toast the pine nuts
3. Allow kale and pine nuts to cool, then toss together in a large bowl
4. Add dried cranberries and olive oil
5. Toss and serve

Blueberry Cheesecake Fruit Cups

1 cup heavy cream
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
½ teaspoon lemon extract
½ cup whole milk plain Greek yogurt
1 cup blueberries
½ cup chopped walnuts

In a chilled medium bowl, whip the cream with an electric mixer for 3 to 4 minutes, or until stiff peaks form. Set Aside.

In another medium bowl using the same beaters, beat the cream cheese for 1 minute, or until creamy. Add the lemon extract, and yogurt and beat for 1 minute, or just until blended. Gently fold in the whipped cream until well combined. Fold in the blueberries and walnuts.

Evenly divide into 4 parfait glasses or serving dishes. Serve immediately, or chill until firm, if desired.

It will be fun to experiment with some new recipes and you can feel good about the fact that you are sticking to your health goals throughout this holiday season.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about getting through the holiday season stress-free, you can call Jennifer at 716-665-5015 or attend her free workshop which will be held at Barkstrom Natural Health on December 5th at 7pm.