Healthy Vegan Thanksgiving
The Festive Meal Includes:
- Nutritious Nut Loaf - Filled with nutritious nuts and seeds.
- Sugar-Free Cranberry Sauce – Diana’s healthy version of a favorite.
- Baked Squash with Vegetables – Lots of alkalizing vegetables for dinner.
- Asparagus with Lemon Juice – A special veg with lemon juice.
- Wheat-Free Ginger Cake – You won’t believe how good this tastes. Your body can also feel how balanced it is!
Links to all the recipes are above. Basic ingredients are listed below for your quick review and shopping list.
Busted Thanksgiving Myth:
It was generally understood that the people got sleepy because of the amino acid tryptophan in the turkey of their Thanksgiving or Christmas meal.† Tryptophan in the brain then helps to create serotonin which makes us happy and sleepy.
It turns out any protein meal has enough tryptophan to possibly cause sleepiness – even a vegan meal.
The real culprit is all the carbohydrates.† The carbohydrates cause a rush of insulin which in turn causes the muscles of the body to absorb all amino acids except tryptophan.† This leaves a high percentage of tryptophan in the brain and voila – you are on the couch sleeping and not helping clean up.
1/2 cup cashews
1/2 cup almonds
10 almonds for decoration
2/3 cup sunflower seeds
1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup walnuts (chopped)
1 cup short grain brown rice
1/3 cup soya flour
4-6 tbsp Braggs or soya sauce
2 pieces of celery
1/4 cup water
2 tsp basil
2 tsp. marjoram
2 tbsp flax meal
Cranberry Sauce (sugar free)
Usually the problem with cranberry sauce is that it is full of white sugar. My version has no white sugar, which is no easy thing when it comes to cranberries as they are so tart. I had to compromise with the amount of brown rice syrup added. I did try making it with only stevia as a sweetener and it really did not work well at all.
1 package whole, organic cranberries (fresh, not frozen)
1 organic apple, cored and chopped
1 cup apple juice
1/4 cup organic, brown rice syrup
1 tsp stevia (Sunny Dew is best)
Pinch of salt
Nutritional Tips: Cranberries are high in vitamin C, and have antioxidant and antibacterial effects in the body.
In clinical studies, cranberries have been shown to help maintain a healthy urinary tract and be especially beneficial to the eyes (they significantly improve symptoms of cataracts, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy).
Asparagus is always special and adding some alkalizing lemon juice makes it taste even better.
1 pound asparagus, washed, trimmed and cut diagonally into 2 inch lengths
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 lemon juiced
Dash of Spike seasoning
Nutritional Tips: Asparagus is full of nutrients!† It is a very good source of vitamin K, the B vitamin folate, vitamin C, vitamin A and also numerous B vitamins (B1, B2, B3 and B6) as well manganese, copper, phosphorus, potassium and protein.
1 medium squash
2 sweet potatoes
2 medium carrots
10 very small onions
3 – 7 cloves garlic, sliced (optional)
1 tsp rosemary
3 tbsp. vegetable oil or coconut butter
Salt to taste
Gingerbread Cake: Gluten-Free & Sugar-Free
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup rice syrup
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup water
1/4 – 1/3 cup fresh ginger, grated
1 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup potato flour
1/2 cup flax meal
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. stevia (clear liquid Sunny Dew is best)
1/2 tsp. salt
We hope you enjoy this meal.† You have a whole week to get the ingredients and prepare.