Healthy Thanksgiving Recipe
15 October, 2017 by
Healthy Thanksgiving Recipe
Brandi Black, RHN

Dark leafy greens always mix well with pecans and walnuts, but what really creates the delicious fall flavor of this salad is the cranberry vinaigrette. And the best part about this recipe (aside from the taste) is that the dressing can be made in under 5 minutes and the salad can be put together and tossed in 2, leaving you with plenty of time to focus on family and friends.

If you're worried about staying healthy during the holidays and want to avoid sabotaging your natural weight loss goals, this is a great healthy Thanksgiving recipe to include with your big meal that will also increase your nutrient intake.

Cranberry Vinaigrette (makes approximately 2 cups)

-1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries (please ensure you choose pure cranberries with no sugar added. Dried cranberries cannot be used as a substitute in this recipe)
-2 tbsp organic orange juice
-2 tbsp cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
-1 tbsp red wine vinegar
-3 fresh basil leaves
-½ shallot, chopped (you can add the whole shallot if you like your dressing super tangy, however, it can be overpowering to use the entire thing. I recommend tasting and adjusting as you go)
-1 tsp Sun Wakasa Honey Plus
-1 inch ginger
-1 cup cold filtered water
-pinch celtic sea salt
-ground black pepper to taste

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. This dressing can be served immediately and will last in the fridge stored in an airtight glass container for up to seven days.

Pecan and Walnut Spinach Salad (serves 4) 

You will need:
-1 large container organic spinach
- 3/4 cup raw, unsalted walnut halves
-3/4  cup raw, unsalted pecan halves-2 avocados, diced
-1 cup organic crumbled goat cheese (optional but compliments dressing and walnuts nicely)
Optional additions: cucumber, cherry tomatoes, green onion, radish, strawberries

Combine spinach, walnuts and pecans in a bowl and toss with cranberry dressing, adding enough until lettuce is lightly coated. Top with goat cheese and avocado and other vegetables if desired.

The Nutrition You'll Receive From Tasty And Healthy Thanksgiving Recipe

Raw spinach offers iron, antioxidants, electrolytes such as potassium and magnesium as well as enzymes to help you better digest your food. Dark leafy greens are superior to various types of lettuce because they are more concentrated in vitamins and minerals, especially beta-carotene, a form of the antioxidant vitamin A. Vitamin A is a great skin and anti-aging nutrient.

Cranberries were used as a natural medicine by Native Americans to prevent kidney and bladder infections. Today, pure cranberry juice is still used as an effective natural remedy for urinary tract infections due to its ability to fight off bacteria[1]. Cranberries are high in vitamin C, making it a perfect food to boost your immune system during the fall and winter months when you're most likely to catch a cold.Pecans and walnuts are two nuts that are high in heart healthy fats.

Pecans contain monounsaturated fats, which can help lower LDL cholesterol levels (the bad kind of cholesterol). Walnuts are a popular polyunsaturated fat commonly referred to as brain food for their omega-3 essential fatty acid content. These omega-3 essential fatty acids are powerful nutrients for your natural wellness to reduce inflammation in the body, which is caused by eating high amounts of refined sugar, alcohol, stress and illness.

If you're wondering how to build up your immune system this fall, the shallots, orange juice, ginger and honey in this dressing will provide your body with a substantial amount of the antioxidant vitamin C and potassium.

And lastly, if you're feeling fancy, you can turn this dressing into a superfood recipe by using Sun Wakasa Honey Plus as a sweetener. By including Sun Wakasa Honey Plus you'll receive a boost of the life-giving nutrient, Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF). CGF is rich in the nucleic acids RNA and DNA, which help regenerate cells, promote tissue repair and provide anti-aging benefits.

Have a happy Thanksgiving!

About Brandi Wagner, RHN
Brandi Wagner is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist from Vancouver, B.C. Experiencing her own health challenges at a young age led her to become passionate about educating on the healing properties of food, and how to achieve hormone balance, clear skin and sustainable weight loss naturally. In her spare time you'll find Brandi writing in her blog and hanging out with her teacup chihuahua, Coconut.

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