Countdown to Thanksgiving

Countdown to Thanksgiving

As we approach Thanksgiving, a time when we gather with loved ones to celebrate gratitude, it's also an opportunity to nourish our bodies with delicious and nutritious foods that support women's health. I'm Dr. Betsy Greenleaf, and in this blog, I'll share some healthy Thanksgiving food choices and how they can benefit women's wellness.

  1. Turkey: The centerpiece of most Thanksgiving feasts, turkey is a lean protein source rich in nutrients like zinc, which plays a crucial role in hormone balance. Protein is essential for muscle health, and a well-balanced hormone system is vital for women's well-being.
  2. Cranberries: These vibrant berries are packed with antioxidants and vitamin C. They are known for their potential to support urinary tract health, which is particularly important for women. Including cranberries in your Thanksgiving spread can promote a healthy urinary system.
  3. Sweet Potatoes: These colorful root vegetables are a great source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They are particularly rich in beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A in the body and supports skin and reproductive health.
  4. Leafy Greens: Incorporate greens like spinach, kale, or collard greens into your Thanksgiving menu. They are excellent sources of folate, a B-vitamin important for women during their childbearing years, as it can prevent certain birth defects.
  5. Nuts and Seeds: Walnuts, almonds, and flaxseeds are rich in healthy fats and fiber. They provide essential nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, which can help reduce inflammation and support heart and brain health.
  6. Pumpkin: Pumpkin is not just for pies; it's a nutrient powerhouse. It's loaded with vitamins A, C, and E, as well as fiber. These nutrients contribute to skin health, immune function, and digestive well-being.
  7. Herbs and Spices: Season your dishes with herbs like rosemary, thyme, and sage. These herbs not only add flavor but also provide antioxidants that combat oxidative stress in the body.
By incorporating these healthy foods into your Thanksgiving meal, you can create a spread that not only satisfies your taste buds but also supports your overall well-being as a woman. Remember that moderation is key, and it's okay to enjoy traditional treats in smaller portions.
Additionally, consider the importance of mindful eating during this festive season. Being present during meals, savoring each bite, and paying attention to your body's hunger cues can help you maintain a healthy relationship with food.

Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Pumpkin Pie Recipe

This pumpkin pie is a delicious and healthy alternative to traditional recipes during the holiday season. It's gluten-free, sugar-free, and packed with flavor. 



For the Crust:

For the Filling:


  1. Prepare the Crust:

    • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
    • In a mixing bowl, combine almond flour, coconut flour, melted coconut oil, egg, and salt. Mix until a dough forms.
    • Press the dough into a 9-inch pie dish, evenly covering the bottom and sides. You can use a piece of parchment paper to help prevent sticking as you press it down.
    • Bake the crust for about 10 minutes, or until it's lightly golden. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
  2. Make the Filling:

    • In a large bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree, maple syrup or honey, eggs, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and salt until well combined.
    • Stir in the almond milk and vanilla extract, mixing until the filling is smooth and creamy.
  3. Assemble and Bake:

    • Pour the pumpkin filling into the pre-baked crust, spreading it evenly.
  4. Bake the Pie:

    • Place the pie in the preheated oven and bake for 45-50 minutes, or until the filling is set and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  5. Cool and Serve:

    • Allow the pie to cool on a wire rack for about an hour.
    • Once cooled, you can refrigerate it for a few hours or overnight to allow the flavors to meld and the pie to set completely.
  6. Serve:

    • Serve your gluten-free, sugar-free pumpkin pie with a dollop of whipped coconut cream or your favorite dairy-free topping.

This pumpkin pie is not only delicious but also a healthier alternative for those looking to avoid refined sugars and gluten. Enjoy your guilt-free Thanksgiving dessert!

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