The holidays can bring about an immediate knowing of gluttony. Thoughts of eating too much pumpkin pie, chocolate thingies, or one too many glasses of egg nog. But the holidays don’t have to be a time to abandon our skin health. There can absolutely be a happy balance between enjoying some of your favorites while keeping a focus on eating healthy foods.
Often I’ve been asked what I eat during Thanksgiving. My answer? THE SIDES! I load my plate up with brussel sprouts, green beans, mashed potatoes, and mushroom-based gravy. I’m a very happy girl and I have no breakouts the next day. Plus, I get to eat more than I normally would (veggies carry less calories ) – win win win for me! Here are some of my favorite dishes to indulge in at Thanksgiving.
Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Pecans
1 lbs brussels sprouts, cut in half
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
Preheat oven to 400° F. In a large bowl, toss all the ingredients together. Spread out on a large baking sheet. Roast 20-25 minutes until golden and tender.
Simple Mashed Potatoes
2 lbs russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
3T earth balance
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender but still firm (about 15 minutes). Drain potatoes and place back into pot. Add earth balance and s+p to taste. Mash to desired consistency.
Apple + Acorn Squash Bisque
2T earth balance
1 yellow onion
1 carrot, chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
1 tart green apple, chopped
1 acorn squash, skin removed, deseeded, chopped
3c vegetable stock
pinch nutmeg and cinnamon
In large pot, melt earth balance and add in chopped onions. Add carrot, celery, apple, and squash. Cook for five minutes. Add vegetable stock and spices. Boil, then simmer for 45 minutes. Once cooked through, place in blender and puree.
And for a killer, dairy-free pumpkin pie, check out this recipe at Oh She Glows!
Elise May, CN + LE, is the owner and practitioner behind SKINutritious. She has helped over 1,000 clients clear acne with detoxing treatments, clear skin coaching, and holistic skincare.
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