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So, You're Doing Whole30 During Thanksgiving. Here's How to Stay on Track. - Whole30

So, You're Doing Whole30 During Thanksgiving. Here's How to Stay on Track. - Whole30
From The Kitchn - November 9, 2017

So, you are doing a Whole30 over Thanksgiving? You have probably had friends and family tell you that you are a little nutsbut as someone who's done it, I am here to tell you not to be discouraged. It's tough, but manageable.

While this may be one of the hardest times of the year to stick to a strict eating protocol of any kind, it can also be one of the best times to do it. Yes, really. Basically, if you can do a Whole30 despite all of the sugary, carby, pumpkin-spiced, whipped cream-laden temptations, then it's probably going to have a pretty transformative effect on your eating habits and help you navigate any future temptation with relative ease.

Plus, if you think about the basics of a Thanksgiving dinnerturkey, potatoes, green beans, squashit's really not that unreasonable to achieve a delicious Whole30 Thanksgiving. Sure, you will need to make some of your own side dishes and hopefully have a somewhat supportive family, but you wo not be sitting in the corner nibbling celery and dodging judgmental glances from Aunt Barb.

Here are my top tips for navigating Thanksgiving while doing a Whole30.

1. Consider hosting.

Hosting Thanksgiving at your place is one of the best ways to ensure you have plenty of Whole30-compliant apps and sides to nosh on. Plus, you wo not feel like you are putting someone out by asking if there's flour in the gravy, and countless other questions about a dish's ingredient list.

The other beauty of hosting: People always ask what they can bring! So you will have plenty of opportunities to assign out some of the easier Whole30-friendly recipes (like these cumin roasted carrots, root veggie mash, or a shaved Brussels sprout salad) so you can focus on some of the more labor-intensive fare at homei.e., the turkey and stuffing.

Of course, you wo not always be in the position to host; and in that case, you will want to see what's already being offered and volunteer to bring a couple Whole30 sides or appetizers so you can get your fill without veering off course.

2. Hone in on these appetizers.

You might not be able to nosh on baked brie, spinach and artichoke dip, and stuffed mushroom caps, but you can certainly eat many things that are typically offered at Thanksgiving like crudit, guacamole, nuts, and olives, to name a few.

If you are up for making something that requires a bit more preparation, consider these pecan-stuffed, bacon-wrapped dates (which are also good enough for dessert), prosciutto-wrapped arugula (add a pear slice in there to take it over the top), or chorizo-stuffed mushrooms.

For meat-free app options, I highly recommend these herb-marinated mushrooms, which can be prepped a week in advance; and these fried plantains, which are amazing dipped in guac.

3. Go nuts on veggie-based sides.

4. Make your own cranberry sauce.

5. Use fresh herbs to make a drool-worthy stuffing.

6. Make yourself a festive kombucha mocktail.

7. Rethink Dessert

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