22 Meals to Eat BEFORE Thanksgiving – Your Survival Guide
Though Thanksgiving is a fun and fantastic Holiday, it can take up a lot of mental space and cooking time for those of us who prepare the majority of meals.
Because of this, it can feel strange to consider cooking anything other than food for Thanksgiving.
Additionally, the old dieting mindset (the one we’re trying to evolve beyond here at CleanFoodCrush) suggests the need to eat as little as possible before a big Holiday like this one, but this isn’t true!
In fact, under-eating in the days leading up to a larger meal actually sets you up for even more indulging, which leads to over-eating.
Before listing some terrific pre-Thanksgiving recipes, here are a few tips:
Eat More Veggies
The week before Thanksgiving should include meals featuring plenty of nutrients, especially because Thanksgiving isn’t typically overflowing with bright fruits and vegetables.
Make a batch of this soup for your food prep, then add/heat the zucchini noodles right before eating.
Zucchini is packed with several essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Plus, it’s 94% water and has a high fiber content!
To simplify things the week before Thanksgiving, pick a few recipes from the first category for your lunches and two or three of the second group for your dinners.
Just make extra so you have ready-to-go meals every day leading up to Thanksgiving.
That way, you can dedicate all or most of your time in the kitchen to preparing for the big day.
Now that we have several lunch and dinner options, let’s move on to breakfast!
Although you may be busy thinking about cooking for the big feast, everyone still needs to eat a nutritious breakfast on Thanksgiving.
Of course, you’ll want a quick and easy meal, but also consider the health benefits!
Some essentials you’ll want to consider when choosing your weekly breakfasts are protein, healthy fat, and whole grains, which will take longer to digest, making you fuller longer (which might help lessen how much you eat during Thanksgiving).
Also, recipes with plenty of fruits are great for hydration and nutrition without sacrificing delicious taste.
This Yogurt Berry Breakfast Cake is an exceptional breakfast to prepare when you have a bigger group to feed, and you want it to be beautiful and impressive – like a holiday weekend!
Alright, that concludes our pre-Thanksgiving menu survival guide!
I hope this list makes your life these next few weeks easier. The holiday season is wonderful for many reasons, but the spaces between celebrations are often forgotten amidst the chaos.
With these recipes, you can fill your “in-between” menus with light, hydrating, nutritional, balanced, and simple meals that (hopefully) save you time and money (both of which you’ll be spending more of during the Holidays).
For more helpful ideas, here are some of our recent recipe roundups: