The holidays are creeping up on us (who am I kidding, they’re FLYING in) and I’m so excited! We’re actually decorating for Christmas tonight… Don’t give me a hard time, we love Christmas!
One of the best things about the holidays is the food. However, the issue I feel like we all run into is splurging too much, which makes you end up feeling miserable, possibly gaining weight, and then going into the new year making resolutions to get healthy again. I am never going to tell you to not have the occasional indulgence, but sometimes when your body ends up feeling awful after the holidays, it’s just not worth it. Personally, I would rather go into the new year feeling amazing instead of like I’m starting over.
However, if you know me by now, you know that I’m not willing to give up my food. Especially holiday food. I’m not even joking when I say that I’ve been planning our Thanksgiving dinner menu for over a month already. So that being said, I really want to show you how easily you can still manage to eat Paleo (or even just a little cleaner) over the holidays. Making a few healthy substitutions here and there can help you avoid the guilt and setback!
Below are some of my favorite Paleo Thanksgiving recipes from all over!
~ Appetizers ~
Bacon Wrapped Dates
These bacon wrapped dates are such a staple for me – I make them for just about any get-together. I love these because they are so incredibly easy to make, and everyone devours them immediately. Just make sure you have enough, because these go fast!
~ Salads ~
~ Main Course ~
~ Desserts ~
~ Drinks ~
Okay, so this is where we get Paleo-ISH. I love a good, themed cocktail. These are some really fun and yummy ones that don’t include added sugar.
Hot Apple Cider w/ Kissed Caramel Vodka
For this one, I keep it pretty simple. Just grab a jug of apple cider (with no added sugar – should be fairly easy to find this time of year) and a bottle of Smirnoff Kissed Caramel vodka. I will add all the cider to a large pot on the stove to simmer and possibly doctor it up a bit with cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, etc. When you’re ready for a drink, add the vodka to your cup, and then top with the cider. Do not add the vodka to the pot, as the alcohol will burn off.
This is another great one just because it’s so easy! Grab a few bottles of champagne and a variety of juices and fruits. Your guests can mix and match to make their own cocktail.
Juice ideas: Orange, pineapple (my personal fav!), cranberry, pomegranate, grapefruit
Fruit ideas: Orange wedges, strawberries, pineapple, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries
I seriously could go on and on, but I’m afraid to lose you. If you have any questions on any of the recipes above, or a traditional favorite that you don’t see an alternative for on this list, let me know and I’ll see if I can help you out!