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What Was On Your Thanksgiving Platter?

Thanksgiving Platter = Yummy Tummy! 

Paleo Vegeo I Barbara Christensen I What is On My Thanksgiving Platter

This year was no exception to the rule of too many yummy items to enjoy. We’ve managed to keep it fun as we’ve grown our food base to include healthier options of food, and it just makes it more fun I think. And colors… well at my house the do equal fun!

The Purple Sweet Potato

They did a study on the purple sweet potato, which I’ve discussed online before for it’s amazing health benefits, and how it’s been used in the sports shake I have my elite athletes use. One thing they found was that the purple sweet potato color could be a possible candidate for the prevention and treatment of cognitive deficits in excitotoxic and other brain disorders.  Excitotoxicity is the pathological process by which nerve cells are damaged and killed by excessive stimulation by neurotransmitters such as glutamate and similar substances. Excitotoxicity may be involved in spinal cord injury, stroke, traumatic brain injury, hearing loss (through noise overexposure or ototoxicity) and in neurodegenerative diseases of the central nervous system (CNS) such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson’s disease, alcoholism or alcohol withdrawal and especially benzodiazepine withdrawal, and also Huntington’s disease.

What about the cranberries? 

Oh my, this really is my favorite. I cook up the cranberries with pears. Who knew they would be such an amazing combination? Cranberries are a powerful source of both vitamin C and fiber, and are only 45 calories per cup. In disease-fighting antioxidants, cranberries outrank nearly every fruit and vegetable–including strawberries, spinach, broccoli, red grapes, apples, raspberries, and cherries. When looking at the antioxidants of the whole cranberry, one cup has 8,983 total antioxidant capacity. Only blueberries can top that: Wild varieties have 13,427; cultivated blueberries have 9,019. So I always get my fresh cranberries, and then cook them slow. Cooking temps (350°F/175°C) will destroy the antioxidant levels, as well as the minerals and enzymes. So let it take some time, at a lower temperature.

Finally peas, carrots, carrots and peas… and mushrooms, onions and lots of fresh herbs are a plus at my table!! I love the nutrition, and I love Thanksgiving!

Are you celebrating Thanksgiving or Hanukkah? Or what about both?

How are you celebrating the holiday this year? 

Are you celebrating Thanksgiving or Hanukkah? What is your favorite meal for the season? If you celebrate Hanukkah, do you feel like it overlapping Thanksgiving takes away from the sacredness of the holiday? I have many friends that are Jewish, and I know how much they put into getting their meals ready for holidays.

The Pioneer Woman I Ree's Fresh Cranberry Sauce

My husband’s favorite recipe of the holiday is the fresh cranberry sauce from the Pioneer Woman, Ree. I keep joking I’m going to show up on her doorstep one day with my friend because she has an in. LOL… 

Ingredients
  • 1 bag (12 Oz. Bag) Cranberries
  • 1 cup Cranberry Juice (or Orange, Apple Or Any Ot¬her Juice Combination)
  • 1 cup Pure Maple Syrup (not Pancake Syrup!)
  • 3 Tablespoons Juice (you Could Also Do Orange Zest, Lemon Zest, Lemon Juice – Anything Citrusy)
Preparation Instructions
Wash bag of cranberries under cool water, then dump into a medium saucepan.
Pour in 1 cup of cranberry juice (or whatever juice you choose).
Pour in 1 cup maple syrup.
Add orange juice (you could also do orange zest, lemon zest, lemon juice – anything citrusy).
Stir together and turn heat on high until it reaches a boil.
Once it comes to a rolling boil, turn the heat down to medium low and continue cooking over lower heat for about 10 minutes, or until the juice is thick. Turn off the heat.



How YUM!! 

Now what about getting the weight off after the holiday? 

Now, Don’t wait any longer… Starting Monday, December 2nd, I will start a FREE 5-Day fitness challenge! 

Love Barbara Christensen I Free 5 Day Health And Fitness Challenge

Sign-up, commit to only FIVE days of working out, eating right, checking in, and share your before and after photos for access to a shopping list AND meal plan provided by me! This challenge will be ran through a Facebook group and you will be required to check in daily to remain a part of the group.

The work is done for you, all you have to do is show up! I have two three! different meal plans, one just basic and one is a FODMAP / Autoimmune meal plan… and of course one Paleo Vegeo meal plan!!

Fill out this form – https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1uxhKT0kyTv-rw7hi7g3akLv2-WsFq0htVicwWAuZe00/viewform – if you are interested in joining, refer your friends to the group to be entered to win an amazing short workout that really targets your trouble spots when you are in a hurry. Open to all – so don’t feel shy.

Looking forward to the week! Looking forward to the challenge. How about you?