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On Being Vegan

I am setting goals and experiencing empowerment these days! 

It feels good taking control over food and my health. It feels good working on something positive. It feels good expanding, learning new skills and learning new foods, new ingredients, new recipes, and new ways to cook and eat.

It is exciting discovering more and more all the good foods the Lord has provided over all His creation.

The color in this world seems to be exploding in front of my eyes.  Did you ever think there may have been a reason God made fruits and vegetables so lovely to look at?  I love walking into the grocery store seeing the colors of all the good foods I can eat!!!  

When you see and experience the good that is possible from eating healthy, real food as a proclaimed, dedicated vegan, you realize what you set aside is inconsequential compared to the joy and excitement of doing good things for yourself. I just don’t count the changes as discipline. I count the changes as blessings.

I don’t know about you, but I wanted those blessings.

Going vegan wasn’t actually that hard for me. 

I needed to lose weight.  Boy, did I need to lose weight! 

I’ve been on a low carb diet, thinking I was eating healthy, for close to a decade (or more).  Yet… while I found good weight loss for a while, I found myself having more and more difficulty with my weight.  I FELT like I was eating healthy and in fact, in many ways, I was. If you go back and see what I posted on my social media accounts, could see what I read, heard my conversations with my husband and kids, etc., you would know I ALWAYS have had health on my mind. 

I knew all about (and worked hard on) the ideas of macronutrients, micronutrients, nutritional supplements, natural cures, natural healing, all kinds of natural protocols, superfoods, gut healing, bone broth, green cleaning supplies, homemade olive oil skin sprays and coconut oil products, organic foods, and diets (specifically low carb diets or lower carb diets including the Paleo Diet, Keto or Ketogenic Diet,  Wheat Belly Diet, Low Carb High Fat Diets, cooking based on the Low Glycemic Index, using recipes for Diabetics, (I’m not diabetic but the recipes are lower carb many times), the Atkins Diet, etc, etc, etc.). 

I was also incorporating the Trim Healthy Mama meal plans idea too more recently.  However, I was so mentally disrupted by the idea of carbs that I loved the Trim Healthy S meals (the lower carb recipes) while shunning the Trim Healthy E meals (the ones that were a little higher in their carb count.  Tons of Trim Healthy Mama S meals (with few to no carbs and fat to satisfy) and no energizing E meals (with some healthy carbs and lower fat) is not how Trim Healthy Mama works its magic!  LOL 

Yea, I was a good carb watcher.  I told people we “watch our carb intake”.  In reality, I was obsessed with living the low carb life.

Yet, I started gaining weight throughout the years, and I started experiencing health issues. 

I wrote those two things in that sentence above – gaining weight and health issues – together in that sentence above, and in many ways they are connected.  Yet, in some ways, I’m finding them to also (I say ALSO) be two separate issues.  For the sake of simplicity here, I’m just going to combine the two issues here, and I’m sure that will make sense to many.

I was first diagnosed with hypothyroidism 7 or 8 years ago, one of the “faces” of an auto-immune disorder, auto-immune disorders seemingly-exploding health issues for many today.  

Here came the Armour Thyroid prescription.  I felt OK with that at least, thinking my doctor was leaning towards the more-natural prescription treatment for those with hypothyroid disorders. 

Then, during one of those every-six-months blood tests and physicals I was enduring to monitor my under active thyroid, my doctor informed me he was seeing early stages of a fatty liver.  He suggested a liver detox and a period of taking Milk Thistle supplements. 

Oh, I’ve always been a big guru on health supplements, at least still at that time, and another supplement to clean out the junk my body was accumulating seemed good to me. 

Yet with the not-the-best-but-not-the-worst plan of action, I never felt any better, and nothing seemed to get better (or worse)… on paper anyway. 

I pretty much blamed it all then on an aging endocrine system, messed up hormones and, in all actually, that probably was playing a part in my life and health therein.  Unfortunately, I was accepting the concept that I had to grow older and thus had to deal with age-related deterioration.   (I’m learning now life doesn’t have to be the way I thought it would be.)

On Going Vegan

I pigged out on a recent breakfast buffet at a hotel during Christmas… and I did not gain a single pound over the trip thanks to the plant based food I ate!

Back to my thyroid diagnosis and my battle with faulty what-evers…. 

A small light came on and some change of thought came when a new thyroid test revealed my thyroid was actually producing the proper amount of thyroid hormones.  It was just that my body was not properly converting the T4 hormone from my thyroid into a T3 (an energy) hormone to be sent throughout my body, the rest of my body simply rejecting the hormones I actually had to use. (That’s called Reverse T3 or Reverse Triiodothyronine.)  No wonder I was still tired all the time!  

I said to my doctor…  actually I said to myself….  so why am I taking more of a hormone product (even though it was a natural hormone product) when I already have that hormone and just can’t convert it? 

I’ve GOT to get my body in better working order, I was thinking. 

I’ve GOT to start losing weight, and WHEN THE WEIGHT IS OFF, my body will start to heal itself, I was thinking. 

I’ve got a story to tell about how I became a vegan and some insight as to how to start eating vegan, how to become plant based, at least in the way I started.  I believe I have some learned lessons and insight as to how to get healthy eating habits and even now some about how to lose weight as a vegan. (I’m still getting there, but I do have some already to offer others.) I think I may have to save that for another day, or other days, more likely 

However, before I leave here, I would like to share with you all that you don’t need to lose weight and THEN start your journey to get healthy.  You can begin to heal yourself, heal your life and start getting healthier AS you eat more plant based food.  

But is that easy?

Plant based recipes and plant based products abound.  You can easily buy plant based products online or at your local health food stores (many in even regular grocery stores).  There are tons of recipes that are vegan and even recipes that are vegan and gluten free on Pinterest and in vegan cookbooks. 

You may be thinking salad, salad, salad, bananas for breakfast, lunch and dinner and salad for dessert… but really… being vegan encompasses the world of real, whole foods that abound on this planet. 

If you don’t believe me, check out vegan cookbooks.  There are tons of vegan cookbooks for beginners even to help you get started in a strong, plant based way.

Here’s one!  (Click to see more).

 

If you are thinking about starting a vegan diet, a diet that excludes meat, animal by products, dairy products, and eggs… or even if you are just wanting to move to a plant based diet somewhat to reap the health benefits that come with all those healthy foods, you should know veganism is not only healthy, it is actually fun… and exciting. 

Yes, the science for plant based nutrition and health through nutrition IS there.  God’s pharmacy is incredible! 

All science aside though, if you have been functioning on what many now call the “Standard American Diet”, you have perhaps come to overlook the beauty and taste… and joy… of eating of the abundance God placed on this earth for our needs (and enjoyment).  

What’s more, if you’re eating the Standard American Diet, my guess is that making a change to eating plant based foods, or at least eating mostly plant based foods, will open your eyes and expand your skills as well as desires.  Really!  

I am certainly not the only one who has come to discover how wonderful it feels to take a step such as my husband and I have.  Yes, my husband and I are both vegans and yes, we are both losing weight on a vegan diet (although I have a lot more to lose then he does).  I read a great article today that really reflects the great changes I have gone through since changing what I eat and changing how I live life in the kitchen (and elsewhere). 

As I read the article, I kept thinking…  I want to share my own joy with those I know. 

So here we are!  🙂 

It’s actually fun feeling more in charge.  

It is FUN getting healthier.  

And it’s fun to eat great food. 

It’s easier to do than you might think too.  

Don’t worry, I’ll have another post on that idea.

However, before we go….  

Here’s the article I saw today which I still want to share.

You can read it at the link here: 

EAT THE RAINBOW The philosophical case for going vegan is about pleasure—not preachiness

     -by Sandy Grant, Philosopher, University of Cambridge  

Going Vegan

I can not emphasis how great that article above is.  Please read it if you have the time.  (Link above)

As I mentioned above, I better get going, at least for now, but I will be back, and I will share some more about this topic with you (along with other topics, just like we always have). 

Blessings, 

Chris Abercrombie Stevens

Editor and Publisher of The New American Home 

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Jeremiah 29:11 New International Version (NIV)

 

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7 Easy Ways to Cut Carbs to Lose Weight

Cut carbs to lose weight

On our last post, we spoke about how doctors sometimes save the best eating advice until after our bodies have gone downhill and medical intervention is already underway.   Why don’t we hear before-the-fact that too many carbs in our diets can cause weight gain and a wide array of medical problems to boot!

The good news is that if you are reading this, you must either 1.  already have a good idea of the benefits of a low carb diet or 2.  are now getting word of that and want to learn how to lose weight with a low carb diet.

Whether you already eat low carb to lose weight or are just learning how to eat a low carb diet, these seven easy ways to cut your carbs will give you a good start to losing that flab you need to lose so you can get your body back into proper working order again.

Cut carbs to lose weight

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Seven easy ways to cut carbs to lose weight

1.  Toss most processed foods away.

Processed foods are not worth it!  They may seem to make life easier at the time, but how much easier would it be having a lot less weight on your body?

Many processed foods have additional hidden wheat flour as an ingredient, and that flour can increase your hunger! (And yes, wheat can be added to the most unsuspecting of food items!)  Food manufacturers may like adding wheat.  You feel like eating more, and they get more sales!  However, you feel like eating more, and you get fat.

Unless you need the occasional convenience of an Atkins or other low carb quickie, steer clear of processed foods as much as possible.   You’ll have a lower wheat intake, lower carbohydrate intake, and thus probably lesser food intake, and that makes for better weigh-ins in the morning.

2.  Keep a recipe log or notebook of low carb recipes from blogs and websites.

I am going to suggest something different here than you might expect.  I am recommending that you NOT buy one particular low carb recipe book or follow one specific low carb diet.  I would recommend you look at your diet as a healthy diet where you are limiting your carb intake and making good, healthy food choices.

So MANY eating plans and diets today rotate around a lower carbohydrate consumption!  It will be easy to get lots of good recipes to keep and look forward to!

Look for low carb recipes for sure.  However, recipes for the Paleo diet are great too since many of them are low in carb count.  Find recipes that have  ingredients that are low on the glycemic index.  Foods low on the GI Index are pretty low in carb count and do not raise your glucose levels.   Also look at All Recipes dot com and Spark People… etc… and find the reader-submitted recipes that would work well for you.  Look at Southbeach diet books.  The Wheat Belly book by Dr. William Davis also has some great wheat free recipes that will help you keep your body functioning well to lose those extra pounds.

Pinterest is awesome!  It’s so good, I’m giving it it’s own paragraph here!

You will find that once you open up your life to a whole world of wonderful, healthy recipes, you will feel emboldened about losing weight and excited about living a healthy lifestyle!

3.  Plan simple meals.
It is much easier to focus on just a couple of healthy dishes than it is to focus on a huge, complex meal!

A good trick for a nice dinner is to prepare a nice, simple meat entree, one that is not breaded on the outside and does not have flour, oatmeal, or bread pieces  in the recipe, and then to add a really nice salad or a nice side dish of vegetables.

End there, or add some fresh fruit as a dessert if you wish, have fruit as your side if you had some good veggies at lunch, or throw some fruit on your salad!

You don’t need a lot of different dishes at the dinner table.  The trick is to have whole foods that will better fill you up and make you feel satisfied the first time around.

4.  Pretend you are a vegetarian sometimes.

While including enough protein is the way to quench extra hunger pangs, it is fun to discover ways vegetarians eat and are satisfied.  It also helps keep us grounded, remembering that there are other healthy things to eat other than eating a lot of meat and salads  for quick weight loss.

While not all vegetarian recipes will have ingredients that are low on the glycemic index or that are listed as good food choices for a low carb diet, finding good vegetarian recipes that have good carbs and many healthy benefits can add interest to our diets and expand our healthy recipe box greatly.  It’s also just a great diversion on some days.

When incorporating a vegetarian or vegan meal into your diet, make sure you do not include (or severely limit) white potatoes and pasta, limit any your of corn, beans, peas, and sweet potatoes, and just do not include recipes that have white rice, white bread, egg noodles, and flour.

Oh, and be prepared for a “hungry” day the next day if you did add something that is higher on the Glycemic Index or that had more carbohydrates than you are used to eating.

As in any diet, when you go off, count it a chance to show discipline and determination by going right back to your desired eating habits the very next day!

5.  Learn how to make low carb desserts, breads, and muffins.

Pinterest, baby!

However, any other recipe source will work too.

Just know there are plenty of recipes out there to keep your bread box filled and your sweet tooth satisfied.

By the way, I love the flax seed muffins I made in a mug, in one minute, in our microwave at home.  I am satisfied all morning and kind of feel like I just cheated, even though I didn’t!

The recipes are there.  Find them!

6.  Improve your beverage intake
Make the change from sodas and sweet teas to water, flavored water, and unsweetened tea.   (Green tea rocks!)

I LOVE MiO Liquid Enhancer!  Four or five squirts into a bottle or glass of water, and I’ve got a sweet drink with no calories, no carbs, and no artificial sweetener even!

Some homemade ice tea with the right Stevia (a sweet herb) can be very yummy too.  However, finding the Stevia product that you enjoy tasting may take a little time.  I discovered Trader Joe’s in my area carries a really nice Stevia product that is not bitter at all.  Also adding a flavored herbal tea bag or two in place a couple of regular or green tea bags can make even an unsweetened tea taste a little sweeter!

Of course plain water is a really good beverage choice and helps you save money eating out too!  I like that part!

7.  Have healthy, low carb snacks on hand.

Make low carb baked cheese crisps or crispy pepperoni chips, and use them when you are really hungry for potato chips.   Have some hard boiled eggs on hand in your refrigerator for a filling afternoon snack.  Store strawberries in baggies in your fridge for a mid-morning pick-me-up or bag some homemade low carb peanut butter cookies in your freezer for a Friday night board game party.

Keep some protein powder in the pantry and almond milk close by for a yummy protein shake that will satisfy almost any hunger craving any time of the day.

Some of us have scheduled snacks as a part of our daily lives.  Some of us just go crazy for something extra to eat for whatever reason at some weird time.  Whatever your snacking need is, it’s best to be prepared with good choices that allow us to continue weight loss instead of just going completely off track!

These seven ways to cut carbs are not a full induction into a low carb lifestyle, but they are steps you can take to begin your weight loss journey and to begin your path to a newer, better feeling you!

Finding your low carb eating style can be a very rewarding experience if done correctly!  Just remember, your main goal is to be healthy so you can enjoy living life again!

Watch the carbs.

Be healthy doing it.

Live life again.

You can do it!

 

“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything.  – 1 Corinthians 6:12  (ESV)

Healthy Eating Leads to Healthy Living

Healthy Eating Leads to Healthy Living
Healthy Eating Leads to Healthy Living

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I have always been amazed how our society works when it comes to healthy eating and healthy living.   The old food pyramid, used for decades now (as we subsequently grew by pound upon pound as a society), listed carbohydrates as the foundational principle of a healthy diet.  Eat the bread!  Eat the cereal!  Eat the pasta AND the rice!

So America hunkered down on the carbohydrates, all of them, and lots of them, and gained weight, sometimes… many times… becoming obese.

Alongside all that weight gain, the world became a place with more diabetes,  higher cholesterol, more physical disabilities caused by arthritis, and cancer.

I’m pretty sure all that carb loading on a normal person with a normal lifestyle caused some sluggishness that in turn created even more weight gain, more health problems, and a lesser quality of life.

I mentioned above that I have always been amazed.  What has really amazed me has been the medical response to living a healthy lifestyle.  Did you notice my wording there?  I said the medical RESPONSE.  The medical field responds.  (That is kind of after the fact, if I wasn’t clear there.)

So many times, I see people gain weight and struggle with life, and then when they go to their doctor, the advice is to lose weight.  The doctor generally doesn’t care HOW, so long as it is not a completely crazy weight loss.  Generally, anything will do if weight is lost in any reasonable way at all, and sometimes even unreasonable ways are considered when there are real problems that need quicker results.  Usually though, they don’t care.  It’s up to you to figure it out.

Well sometimes some doctors do care, especially if they like or promote a particular diet such as a low fat diet or a South Beach Diet or a calorie restricting diet, a wheat free diet, Weight Watchers, or maybe even gastric bypass surgery.  Usually though, it’s your game to play at that point.

“Just lose weight”, they usually say, and to their credit at least, many will tell you to find whatever works for you personally.  Doctors usually understand not everyone responses well to one certain kind of diet plan alone.  Bodies are different.  Motivations are different.  Weight needs and desires are different.  So are people and their likes (and dislikes).

But then watch what most doctors do when the weight is not lost and obesity comes into play, along with a concern the weight is causing a possible health concerns or Prediabetes.  What do they tell their now-obese patients?

They say “Eat foods on that are low on the GI Index” (which more or less equates to lower carb intake).

They say “Stop eating the breads… and the cereal… and the rice AND sometimes the pasta”.

They say “Watch your carbs.  Limit your carb intake.  Eat healthy carbs.”

And they say “Forget that stupid food pyramid”.

“Eat healthy!”, they say.

So this is what has perplexed me about our society.  If eating healthy means watching our carb intake, eating foods that do not raise our insulin levels, and eating the right carbs when we are unhealthy, then why isn’t it just as important to watch our carb intake, maintain our insulin levels, and eat the right carbs before we get diabetic to begin with?

Now I am not necessarily advocating a strictly low carb diet, an Atkins diet, a Ketogenic diet, or even a Paleo diet here for all.  As I have already said, people are different.  People have different needs, and people respond differently.  What is more, people will have their likes and dislikes and may stick with one and not something else.

I AM advocating, however, that those who are gaining weight or have gained weight and want to have a better life consider the kind of diet that works for those who are having life problems already by being overweight.  I am advocating you consider the diet doctors give to those who are obese and exhibiting problems, the diet the doctors THEN seen to deem as healthy.  I am advocating the kind of diet medical professionals will  describe, after the fact, as a healthy diet to have a better life.

Basically, I am advocating a lower carb intake that keeps insulin levels in check (does not raise insulin levels which in turn throws off hormones and consequently, in turn, causes weight gain, illnesses, hormonal imbalances, Pre-Diabeties .. and inflammation too by the way).

I am also advocating people who want to lose weight and begin their journey to a better life ahead read up on the advice doctors give their patients AFTER they have become ill, sick, disabled, or diabetic, and that they follow those healthy eating patterns instead of waiting to get worse and then being told about those healthy eating patterns.

It just never made sense to me to have a pyramid of supposedly healthy food choices which has made society fat and then to give overweight, sick people a completely different set of food choices which are supposedly healthy food choices to regain their health after the fact.

Just why don’t we all eat the right way from the beginning?  Limit those carbs just a little bit.  Eat foods lower on the Glycemic Index.  Furthermore, eat to consciously to maintain our insulin levels to keep our entire system in line as god intended it to be.

All in all, let’s find and follow those healthy eating patterns to keep those extra pounds off (or take them off) to being with – before we hear the dreaded words we really don’t want to hear from our doctor!

Changing to that healing diet before we get sick may just save a lot of grief in the long run.

Better is a dry morsel with quiet than a house full of feasting with strife.  – Proverbs 17:1 

Low Carb Recipes For A Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner

Low Carb Recipes for a Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner

Low Carb Recipes for a Traditional Thanksgiving DinnerMany enjoy low carb weight loss or maintain their weight eating a low carb diet, and they don’t want to lose their battle of the bulge during the holidays.

To help you with your  weight watching goals, we are including some low carb diet recipes you can make for the entire family this upcoming holiday season, beginning with Thanksgiving dinner.

These are traditional but easy low carb recipes for Thanksgiving that can make your holiday dinner a little less stressful.  You can make it even easier on yourself by making a couple of the items the day before.

And we all know that when it comes to losing weight during the holidays, it always helps to keep life a little easier and to keep our stress levels down!

That said, here are some low carb recipes for a traditional low carb Thanksgiving dinner menu that will help you lose weight instead of being the pudgy pumpkin.

How to Roast a Turkey

Ingredients:

  • 1 Turkey, thawed in refrigerator
  • Juice from 1/2 of a lemon
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Olive oil for rubbing
  • 1/2 yellow onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 bunch celery, full stems including tops, chopped
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 Tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

Directions:

  1. Thaw turkey in refrigerator (approximately 5 hours for every pound).
  2. When ready to prepare, remove neck and giblets, and rinse turkey and turkey (including cavity) with water.  Pat dry with a paper towel or napkin.
  3. Rub the lemon juice into the cavity; then rub cavity with some salt and pepper.
  4. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  5. While oven is heating, mix onion, celery, carrots, parsley, rosemary, and thyme, and stuff into turkey’s cavity.
  6. Rub the outside (skin) generously with olive oil.  Then sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  7. Place the turkey breast down on a rack in a cooking pan.
  8. Cover loosely with aluminum foil.
  9. Bake in oven at 325 degrees for approximately 4 – 4 1/2 hours (for a 8 to 12 pound turkey), 5 – 5 1/2 hours (for a 12 – 16 pound turkey), 6 hours (for a 16 to 20 pound turkey).
  10. Remove aluminum foil the last half hour of baking to brown.
  11. For best results, allow the bird to rest for 30 minutes outside the oven and before slicing and serving to allow juices to absorb fully throughout.

Low Carb Loaded Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups frozen cauliflower, cooked in microwave until tender (follow directions on package)
  • 2 cups regular or low fat sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 6 scallions (green onions), finely chopped
  • 8 – 12 crumbled, cooked bacon
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Chop cooked cauliflower into pieces.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix 1/2 of the onions, 1/2 of the cheese, 1/2 of the bacon, and salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Stir in the cauliflower, and beat with a mixer. 
  4. Pour into a baking dish prepared with cooking spray. 
  5. Top with the rest of the shredded cheese, and top with the rest of the crumbled bacon.
  6. Bake in 350 degree oven for 20 minutes.
  7. When done, sprinkle the rest of the scallions (green onions) on top.  
  8. Serve immediately.

Serves 6 or can easily be doubled or tripled with success if cooking for a crown on Thanksgiving Day.

Note:  While you don’t need gravy for this dish, you can always offer some turkey gravy for those who really can’t do without such an extra.  This dish is best as is though, without any gravy on top.

Low Carb Green Bean Casserole Dish

Ingredients:

  • 2 (15 ounce) cans green beans, drained, rinsed, and drained again
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 (4 ounce) can mushroom stems and pieces, drained
  • 1/2 yellow onion, peeled and diced
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced thinly
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions:

  1. Pour green beans into a large bowl.
  2. Melt butter in a frying pan, and cook mushrooms, onion, and celery until onions and celery are tender.  Add to green beans.
  3. In a small bowl, combine cream and mayonnaise.  Add to green beans and vegetable mixture.
  4. Add cheese, salt, pepper, and garlic power into large bowl, and stir gently to combine.
  5. Pour into prepared 9 / 13 inch baking dish.
  6. Cover with foil, and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Uncover the last 5 minutes.   

Makes 6 servings and can be multiplied for extended family gatherings.

Sugar Free Cranberry Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 Large Package Sugar-free Cranberry or Raspberry Jello
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 medium apple

Directions:

  1. Prepare the Jello as indicated on the package, and set aside on the counter while completing the other steps here.
  2. Cup walnuts into fine pieces.  Put into the serving bowl you’re going to use.
  3. Chop cranberries in a food processor or chop by hand if you don’t have a processor, and add to walnuts.
  4. Peel and core the apple, and chop in the food processor.  Then add to walnut cranberry mixture.
  5. Pour mixed jello into fruit and nut mixture, and place in the refrigerator to chilled completely.  Remove when ready to serve.

Makes 10 – 12 servings.

Note:  This is a great dish to make the night before!

ALSO:  The cranberry salad recipe here is a nice compliment to the main course and sides.  The red color shows nicely beside the turkey and with the green bean casserole, and it is simple enough to be used as a salad instead of a dessert.

If you would rather have a cranberry dessert recipe, check out Linda’s Low Carb Recipes website which has a great low carb cranberry fluff salad recipe.

 

Low Carb Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Low carb dinner recipes for Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without some pumpkin pie!

Low Carb Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Ingredients for pie crust:

  •  1 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup Splenda
  • 4 Tablespoons butter, melted

Ingredients for pie filling:

  • 1 can pumpkin (not pie filling)
  • 1/2 cup Splenda
  • 4 Tablespoons sugar free maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice

Directions for pie crust:

  1. Mix melted butter with almond flour and Splenda.
  2. Press firmly into a 8 inch pie pan, covering bottom and sides, and refrigerate until firm.

Directions for pie filling:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients in the order given, and blend.
  3. Pour mixture into pie crust in 325 degree oven for 45 to 55 minutes or until pumpkin mixture is baked through.
  4. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Makes 8 servings.

Recipe note:  You must refrigerate this pie, so you might as well make it the day before and pull it out when you’re ready for it.

Add some sugar free whipped cream if you like when serving.

If you want something a little different, you might also be interested in our low calorie, low carb pumpkin pie protein shake recipe.

Low Carb Drinks and Beverages

Low carb drinks such as unsweetened tea with or without a sugar substitute, diet sodas, flavored sparkling water, or even lemonade flavored Crystal Light work well with this low carb Thanksgiving dinner plan.

Some good hot, low carb beverages for this meal would be pumpkin spice coffee, sugar free hot chocolate, or sugar free apple cider.

You can find sugar free apple cider cups for Keurig coffee makers.  Even Walmart carries sugar free spiced apple cider packets these days.  Both types are really nice when you’re interested in a hot, spicy drink with few to almost no carbs at all.

Here’s to a great Thanksgiving dinner and continued weight loss during the upcoming holiday season!