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4 Healthy & Delicious Thanksgiving Recipes

Sweet Potato & Cranberry Bake

Neissa’s Cranberry & Sweet Potato Bake

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and we love finding recipe ideas for adding some new flavors and healthier options to the table. Try out these 4 iGnite leader favorites and leave us a comment to let us know how you enjoy them!

1. Cranberry Salsa with Cilantro, Lime & Jalapeño

by Amy

Amy Younkman

I found this recipe three years ago in the Austin American Statesman (recipe by Kalyn Denny) and I have made it every year. I love the fresh lime juice and cilantro and it is the perfect combination of tart and sweet. This salsa is wonderful as a Thanksgiving side, and I really enjoy it with leftover turkey or in a sandwich. You won’t miss the gravy at all!

Ingredients:
Makes about 2 cups of salsa

  • 1 bag (12 oz.) fresh cranberries
  • 3/4 cup Splenda, Stevia in the Raw Granulated or sugar
  • 1 bunch green onions, sliced
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1-2 fresh jalapeños, seeds removed and chopped (use more if you like it spicy)
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice

Instructions:

  1. Put cranberries into a food processor or blender and pulse until they’re partly chopped.
  2. Add sweetener of your choice and pulse a few times more to combine.
  3. Add green onions, cilantro, jalapeños (1 or 2, depending on your tolerance for heat), olive oil and lime juice and pulse until all ingredients are chopped and mixture is well combined.
  4. Put mixture into a glass or plastic container with a tight-fitting lid and chill for several hours or overnight.

Adapted from a recipe by Kalyn Denny

2. Cranberry & Sweet Potato Bake (pictured above)

by Neissa

Neissa Springmann

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This is a favorite in the Springmann household because it’s tasty, healthy and easy!

 

3. Roasted Green Beans

by Sha

by Sha

I know most of you roast vegetables, but not many think to roast fresh green beans! Roasting is my favorite way to prepare green beans — they are delicious and easy, and my family always asks me to bring them to Thanksgiving.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large bag fresh French style green beans
  • 1 & 1/2 Tbs. olive oil
  • Sea salt to taste

Instructions:

  1. Roast 20 minutes at 400 degrees (or until tender with dark brown markings)

4. Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Warm Cider Vinaigrette (by Barefoot Contessa)

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by Catherine

by Catherine

I have made this a couple times to serve with Thanksgiving dinner and it is amazing! I love interesting salads and I’m always willing to make the extra effort with this one for special occasions because it’s just so tasty 🙂

 

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Butternut Squash: The Perfect Fall Immunity & Energy Booster

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Did you know that just 1 cup of butternut squash contains 1/3 of your daily amount of vitamin C? And, if you are struggling with your energy levels, butternut squash is an excellant choice for blood sugar regulation. It’s also loaded with anti-oxidants which help reduce imflammation (helping to fight diseases like cancer and helping you look & feel young).

The most simple way to cook this autumn squash is by roasting, which consists of three simple steps:

  1. Slice the butternut squash into ½ inch thick half moon slices, or peel and dice the squash.
  2. Toss it with some olive oil, honey & cinnamon
  3. Roast at 400 F for 35 to 40 minutes.

Enjoy!

 

OTHER GREAT HEALTHY RECIPES:

Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Protein Bars

Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Protein Bars

We LOVE these protein bars. They are a delicious, filling, nutritious and balanced (great carbohydrate / fat / protein ratio) snack that is perfect whether after a workout or when you need a bite between meals.  They can even be a great meal replacement if you double or triple (depending on gender and activity level) the serving size.  Best of all, once you have your ingredients together they are quick and easy to make.   We know you will love them as much as we do!

Recommended for all ages, unless you have a peanut allergy.

Makes: 32 square bars; Serving Size: 1 square bar

INGREDIENTS: 

2 c              Organic Unsweetened Creamy Peanut Butter
3/4 c          Local Honey
2 & 1/2 c   Gluten-Free Old Fashion Rolled Oats (we love Bob’s Red Mill)
1 c               Gluten-Free Rice Crispies
4 scoops    Jay Robb Chocolate Egg White Protein Powder
1/2 c           *Optional* Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (gluten, dairy, nut and soy-free)

PREPARATION:

  1. Microwave peanut butter for 60-90 seconds
  2. Add honey and microwave for an additional 30 seconds
  3. Stir oatmeal, rice cereal and protein powder together before adding peanut butter and honey. Mix will become sticky and thick when together.
  4. Add chocolate chips (optional)
  5. Pour mixture into a 9×13″ pan and spread until even
  6. Refrigerate, cut into 32 equal squares and enjoy!

NUTRITION INFORMATION:

  • Calories:                172           (191 w/choc. chips)
  • Fat:                          8.6 g       (9.8 w/choc. chips)
  • Carbohydrates:    15.8 g      (18 w/choc. chips)
  • Protein:                   8 g          (8.4 w/choc. chips)
  • Fiber:                       2.3 g       (2.5 w/choc. chips)