Enjoy Thanksgiving, even on a Mediterranean diet!
Pumpkin pie, stuffing, cheesy potatoes, pound cake, eggnog and, of course, roasted turkey. It’s hard not to overdo it at Thanksgiving. It rivals Christmas for the favourite holiday, both with the food spreads and sentiments.
Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday, and not a time to skip on your family traditions. But this year, instead of walking out feeling like a stuffed turkey, tweak the menu slightly with some Mediterranean Diet lifestyle favourites.
A Mediterranean-themed feast emphasises vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, seafood and seasonings but, that doesn’t mean drop the turkey. In fact, there are plenty of reasons why people are moving over to the Mediterranean diet. It can aid in weight loss, it’s good for your heart health, immune system and can increase longevity.
But best of all, it’s delicious!
Plan your Thanksgiving Mediterranean diet menu
Set the mood with a healthy fresh salad. Bed a bowl with dark leaf lettuce, high in vitamins. Toss in mixed carrots, roasted squash and top it with walnuts, pecans and pine nuts to add crunch. For a natural sweet ‘dressing’, throw in cranberries and raisins, and drizzle with olive oil.
The Main Course:
Don’t worry, you won’t disappoint the family. Turkey is still the main event, just with some adjustments. Instead of roasting in butter and flour, season it with herbs (rosemary, thyme, garlic and sage) and then dress it with pumpkin seeds and roasted walnuts.
Skip the heavy gravy this year and drizzle your bird in its natural pan juices. Full of flavour and just as tasty. However, if you really want to go all-in-Mediterranean this year, prepare roasted salmon or trout, sprinkled with herbs and sliced lemon. Omega-3s sure do taste good!
When the kids ask where the mac and cheese is, make sure you have a range of sides available. Seasonal grilled vegetables like zucchini, squash, eggplant and asparagus are always a delight, tossed with olive oil and herbs.
Instead of mashed potatoes, try cauliflower. Cooked in olive oil, not butter, and add low-fat yoghurt. Another healthy side dish is a hearty soup, like pumpkin. Head down to your local market and pick up some pumpkins, paprika and cumin.
Warm apple pie may be the tradition, but this year, start a new one with baked pears and cinnamon. Another sweet concoction idea is a bowl of mixed berries, diced mint, and fresh cream. Perfect for the Mediterranean diet.
After Thanksgiving, if you love the Mediterranean Diet meals, keep this eating style going. Make sure you get your omega 6:3 ratio checked first, using BalanceTest. It’ll inform your food choices and BalanceOil treatment, moving forward.
You’ll be thankful for it.