Thanksgiving Juices

It’s Thanksgiving week!  If you are like me, you are in full preparation mode for the big family event.  Whether you are hosting a big event or just enjoying a quiet holiday I’ve got a few Thanksgiving inspired juices to help you stay health focused AND enjoy your feast.

Cranberries are a traditional side dish for Thanksgiving, so why not serve up a delicious cranberry juice cocktail?  These pretty little berries are terrific for defending against the bacteria that causes urinary tract infections (UTI).  This cocktail is also named after Cape Cod, MA so it has extra Mayflower appeal!

Cape Codder
1.5 oz vodka
4 oz cranberry juice
lime wedge

Thanksgiving sides are also full of fun autumn fruits and vegetables.  Back in August I posted about my favorite autumn sweet potato smoothie.  This one is for your Vitamix or blender and has all my fall favorites and is quite filling with all the nutritional goodness.

Autumn Sweet Potato Smoothie
1 cup red grapes
1/2 medium orange, peeled
1/2 sweet potato, cooked with skins & cooled
1/2 medium apple, halved
1/4 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
1/2 tsp fresh ginger
2 dates
2 cups ice cubes

 

Parsnips are another root vegetable that doesn’t get as much attention as the brighter varieties, but this drink might have you looking at them in a new light.  Parsnips look like white carrots, but have more nutritional benefits (vitamins C, B and folic acid) of potatoes without the starches and calories.  The nutmeg in this drink adds a bit of warmth and spice that emotes the holidays.

Parsnapple
3 apples
2 parsnips
sprinkle of nutmeg

 

No holiday meal would be complete without a desert and this is one of my special treats for myself.  Pumpkin pie smoothie!  Pumpkin is full of Vitamin A and fiber while staying low in calories.  You can boil pumpkin and mash it like potatoes or buy canned organic pumpkin.  I have done both and can not tell the difference most of the time.  Depending on your diet preferences, you can mix this with full fat ice cream, fat free yogurt or even silkin tofu.  Try them all out to experience the variances in texture and taste.  Most of all enjoy!

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 medium-sized banana
3/4 cup fat-free vanilla yogurt
1 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup crushed ice

 

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families!

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