Thanksgiving is all about indulging. But if you’re struggling with a digestive issue, that one day can throw your tract completely off course.
We’ve found a few recipes that you can swap out for your richer, less gut-friendly favorites.
This recipes has no sugar, dairy, eggs or flour, which is great for anyone with a sensitive tummy. The crust calls for pitted dates and almond flour, offering tons of fiber and natural sweetness.
These nibbles come together pretty easily, but you’ll need a food processor to get that creamy, cheesecake consistency. Cashews, maple syrup and pumpkin puree round out the “cheese” part of the bites.
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1 tbsp cacao powder
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp almond milk
- 1 1/2 cups raw cashews
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1/3 cup canned pumpkin
- 1 tsp pumpkin spice
Find the rest of the instructions as well as serving and storage info.
A staple on American dinner tables, green bean casserole is usually mixed with canned soup and fried onions. While that definitely tastes great, preservatives and other undesirable ingredients are also in there.
In this version, you’ll use all natural ingredients, which is not just better for you but easier on your stomach. And it calls for fresh green beans that are roasted, which adds another nutritional bump as well as a deeper flavor that the roasting process offers.
- 2 1/2 pound green beans, trimmed and cut into 1- to 2-inch pieces (about 8 cups)
- 2-3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon white or black pepper
- 2 1/2 cups low-fat milk
- 1 1/2 cups fresh whole-wheat breadcrumbs (see Tips) or 1/2 cup shredded or crumbled cheese
Read the instructions here.
Yams, the super nutritional, sweet variety of the root vegetable family, are abundant in the fall. Lots of Thanksgiving recipes call for its orange goodness, but not all of them are healthy.
In this recipe, just a few ingredients whip up into a creamy, nutritional flavor fest. Greek yogurt adds another layer of goodness for your gut, and it cuts back on the fat you get with butter. If you’re watching your sugar intake, you can forgo both the brown sugar and the maple syrup, since yams have a lot of natural sweetness on their own.
- 2 pounds sweet potatoes or yams, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
See the simple instructions here.