11 Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes | Turkey Day Sides | Reader’s Digest

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Thanksgiving is just a couple of weeks away and if you’re searching for healthier alternatives to the normal, everyday side dishes then look no further than this great article full of solutions. I’m scouring the internet regularly looking for alternatives as people tend to think that the world is coming to an end if they have to eat health.

I’m hear to tell you that you don’t have to sacrifice great taste for health. This is the biggest misconception out there. You can still manage to create great tasting, healthy dishes if you are willing to try.

These 11 Thanksgiving side dishes that I found are excellent alternatives, but I would take many of the dishes one step further replacing any of the recipes that call for rice with quinoa and any of the recipes that call for flour with ground quinoa flour to give you a gluten free solution with a lower glycemic index that’s great for people trying to manage body weight and body fat as well ass diabetics.

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Quinoa Turkey Stuffing Recipe – Allrecipes.com

Quinoa Stuffing / Dressing

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Thanksgiving is coming up and for Americans this time of year is one of three consecutive holidays that send most fat loss and weight loss goals south. Halloween candy, Thanksgiving stuffing and Christmas parties galore. So don’t stuff yourself on breaded stuffing…Try the quinoa stuffing solution for a lower glycemic index, higher nutritional value food great for diabetics and those who want to keep their weight loss goals on track during the holidays.

Ingredients

1 cup quinoa, rinsed

2 cups water

1 onion, chopped

1 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced

2 apples – peeled, cored, and chopped

1/4 cup pine nuts

Fore more of this recipe check out Quinoa Turkey Stuffing Recipe – Allrecipes.com.

Have Cake and Eat it too…Well Pie

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The New York times has been doing a series of what they call Recipes for Health in their Fitness & Nutrition section. I was first turned on to these links by a friend of mine in an email he called, “more of that quinoa stuff.” Hey the stuff is good, but apparently I’m not the only one who thinks so. Of course after finally finding it in Asia after years of complete inaccessibility I began to write about it and quite a stir has erupted. If your personal trainer or fitness professional or dietician is not talking to you about Quinoa or has no clue what it is, then you may want to reconsider their services.

Well I digressed a bit, but the point is the New York Times is going ballistic on Quinoa lately. I guess everything happens in cycles. The cool thing though is that they seem to have come up with a couple of gluten free, refined grain free and processed sugar free desserts. If only I had an oven I could get back to my days of baking.

Check  out “For Desserts Without Gluten, Crumbles Take the Cake” and “Peach or Nectarine and Blueberry Crumble, With Quinoa-Oat Topping”

What’s in Your Fridge Part II

We’re revisiting the refrigerator and asking you what else is in your fridge this month? In Bangkok it’s difficult to get Quinoa, but those of you in other regions have no excuse as it’s readily available. But what else should be in your fridge if you’re looking to shed some body fat and lose weight? We’ll take a look at five more items that you may want to consider stocking up on.

  1. Berries – Blueberries, raspberries and blackberries are all packed with cancer fighting antioxidants. Not only that, but berries have a lower glycemic index than other fruits so they will not cause such a large spike in insulin levels. This is great for diabetics, but it’s also great for people trying to lose body fat as insulin is related to fat storage in the body. Berries are also packed with loads of fiber.  Fiber is great for intestinal health and helping lower cholesterol levels. Looking for fruit to fill your fridge with then berries is the way to go. Read more of this post

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers Recipe

peppers stuffed with quinoa

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Lately I’ve been receiving a lot of hits regarding Quinoa. Quinoa is a brilliant food and when you talk about whole grains, Quinoa actually fulfills the standard to be considered a whole food. Although technically Quinoa is not a whole grain but a seed, it serves to take the place of grains on your plate. It can be sprouted and is great for people who have gluten allergies. This recommendation came from one of our blog followers here in Bangkok and I though it was awesome. Keep sending  these delicious discoveries so that others can enjoy these wonderful foods. Check out the recipe. Read more of this post

Rich’s Morrocan Mint Quinoa Salad

The health benefits of quinoa are amazing and the versatility of this seed is equally as amazing. I was trying to find something else to do with my quinoa when I had a bright idea for something interesting. Why not try a cold quinoa dish? I prepared my quinoa and began to just add a few items to it until I came up with something colorful and yummy. This is a great dish for vegetarians and non vegetarians alike. It’s fresh and light and is best served cold. Read more of this post

4 Reasons to Choose Quinoa over Rice

What is Quinoa you ask? Quinoa pronounced (keen’ -wah) is known as the “Mother OF All Grains” to the Incas and originated in the Andean region of South America. It is head and tails above all grains and can support your healthy nutritional plan providing loads of essential vitamins and nutrients. Here are four reasons to choose Quinoa over Rice. Read more of this post

Di Knoll’s Quinoa Tuna Creation

I think it’s awesome that everyone is getting creative on this subject. The fact that people have not only decided to introduce Quinoa into their lives in replacement of rice is a great thing.  Quinoa provides so many more vitamins and nutrients than rice, but not only that it contains protein. It’s a great compliment to many dishes, so without further ado, here’s Di Knoll’s Quinoa Tuna Creation submission. Read more of this post

Quinoa, Essential for any Fat Loss Mission

The Incas called it “Mother of All Grains” and this amazing grain originally found in the Andean region of South America can be a great addition to a healthy and nutritious diet.  Found in varieties of Black, Red and White, Quinoa is a very versatile grain that can be used in many different dishes from chili, herb salads and even porridge for a satisfying breakfast.

The truly awesome thing about Quinoa is that it is a well balanced source of Read more of this post

Protein Sources for Vegetarians Trying to Lose Body Fat

As a personal trainer and fitness coach, there are a wide variety of clients with different cultural eating habits and choice habits that we come into contact with. I have a fair bit of Indian clients and due to certain religious practices, many are vegetarian; Not only that, but often times eggs are even ruled out as a part of the diet. So what do I recommend as a source of protein to this type of personal training client when they’ve just taken on an exercise regimen that has food limitations or restrictions?

There are many sources of protein available for vegetarians who do not consume eggs if you know where to look. A few Good sources of protein for vegetarians are Read more of this post

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