Thanksgiving Simple: Four Classic Whole Foods Dishes from a Farmer's Perspective

Brussels sprouts dressed with cumin provide you with fiber and spices that keep your blood sugar level this holiday season. 

Brussels sprouts dressed with cumin provide you with fiber and spices that keep your blood sugar level this holiday season. 

The holidays are coming, and the simplest way to stay healthy and strong while enjoying traditional foods is to choose ones that are whole and unprocessed.

At Thanksgiving, the turkey might take center stage, but, at our organic farm, it’s the sides that we love best. As an appetizer, raw heirloom radishes supply antioxidants, a natural source of hydration and fiber. Brussels sprouts contribute calcium and magnesium in support of nervous and digestive system functions, while the cumin seasoning helps digestion, regulates hypoglycemia and aids in the digestion of fats. We favor potatoes with colorful skins. because they have more antioxidants and carotenoids than pale-skinned varieties do. Toss them in garlic and parsley and you add antimicrobial benefits while boosting the green profile of your traditional meal. Best of all, at a whole foods Thanksgiving, even dessert contains a vegetable. The winter squash or pumpkin in this crustless pie is high in the B vitamins that help your body absorb nutrients and regulate metabolism while also boosting your mood. Despite what else you have on your plate, whole vegetables supply the fiber that keeps your digestive system healthy—helping you to absorb other nutrients.

Here are four classic whole-food approaches to classic side dishes that will help you achieve a sane and healthy Thanksgiving meal.

Find our full recipes for Brussels Sprouts with Cumin, Herbed Roasted Potatoes, Crustless Pumpkin Pie, and Heirloom Daikon Crudite here

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