After Thanksgiving gilt-free thoughts

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As much as I would like to pretend we still have months until the holiday cooking and shopping commences, the fact of the matter is Thanksgiving just passed few days ago. With the boutique perpetually busy (by no means is this a complaint) and the preparation of my new clothing line, amongst multiple other business ventures, time seems to have escaped me. And I am sure it has escaped many of you. So if you are hosting this year’s holiday (or just in charge of bringing your favorite dishes to someone else’s party) but feeling pressed for time, remain calm. I have gathered some healthy and delicious (and fairly simple) recipes that are sure to amaze all of your guests!

I have spent it in Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida with Turkey-less dishes and must say it was pretty delicious, creative and light weight.

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If you are less strict then me then you may enjoy a classic side, mashed potatoes. Because what is Thanksgiving without mashed potatoes? Not Thanksgiving! However, this absolutely delicious recipe alternative is actually potato free. And no one ever has to know. Check out this low carb, cauliflower puree holiday alternative from ibreathimhungry.com. It will be our little secret.

http://www.ibreatheimhungry.com/2012/01/better-than-potatoes-cheesy-cauliflower.html

Another Thanksgiving favorite is the stuffing dish. But lets turn this yummy holiday staple into something even more delicious. Anytime Fitness offers a gluten free quinoa-stuffing recipe that is not only to die for, but a colorful addition to your table spread.

http://blog.anytimefitness.com/395012-healthified-thanksgiving-menu-sides-part-one/

Other not so common options, you ask? This year I am excited to try a new side consisting of pan-seared Brussel sprouts with cranberries and pecans. Yum! I will be sure to let you know how it turns out.

Lastly, let’s move on to the ultimate holiday calorie killer. Desserts. I have two options to offer you this year that I am sure you will not regret! Option one? Mini raw pumpkin pies. With a crust made of buttery pecans and chewy dates and a filing that includes pumpkin puree, coconut butter, maple syrup and spices your mouth will be watering just readying the recipe. Check it out from Cara’s Cravings here.

http://www.carascravings.com/2012/11/raw-pumpkin-pie-cups-guest-post-by-healthy-food-for-living.html

And option two, you wonder? Pumpkin Protein Bars from PopSugar. At only 144 calories, not only will you eat without shame, but if you have any leftover they will make the perfect quick and nutritious breakfast to kickstart your Black Friday Shopping Spree. What else could you possible ask for?

http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Pumpkin-Protein-Bar-Recipe-35747097

I hope one of these recipes makes your holiday merry and bright (oh wait, that’s Christmas). Anyway, I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and stay tuned for a holiday leftover recipe post next week!

Eat. Drink. Shop. Enjoy!

 

 

KASIA

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