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Whole Foods During The Holiday Season

Whole Foods During The Holiday Season

Whole Foods During the Holiday Season can be a real challenge when you are just starting out on the Whole Food adventure. It becomes easier the longer you are eating whole foods as a way of life.

In addition to the actual Thanksgiving and Holiday dinners being a little different when you are on the whole foods diet, you also need to remember that just being busy can affect what you are able to eat. When you are running low on time, you don’t want to get fast food just because it is easy. Here are some ways to stay whole during a busy holiday season.

Don’t Get Too Complicated with your Whole Foods During The Holiday Season

First of all, don’t make your Thanksgiving and holiday meals too complicated. Sure, there are whole food variations of just about every food imaginable, but these often require a lot more ingredients and take more time. When you aren’t making the actual Thanksgiving dinner,unless your like me, you probably don’t want to spend all day cooking. Instead of doing that, take some basic fall ingredients and make meals your family can eat on the whole foods diet but that aren’t going to take you hours in the kitchen every day.

When nothing else will work Buy Some Pre-Packaged Ingredients

While you don’t want to use processed foods or ingredients with preservatives, there are some pre-packaged foods and ingredients that aren’t too bad to use. For example, instead of having to chop all of the veggies and fruit yourself, consider buying pre-cut versions. These are going to cost a little more, but they can save you tons of time. Buying carrots that are already peeled and chopped, bags of sliced apples, and containers of diced onions or peppers really helps a ton when you don’t have a lot of time for cooking meals from scratch. Of course, if you are buying organic then this can really drive up the costs.

Start Meal Prepping and Planning

Another thing that can help a lot during the busy holiday season is to get into meal prepping and planning. You can spend one day every week doing the grocery shopping and cooking up a storm. This will be a busy cooking day, but you can have friends help and get meals done for the majority of the next week. Prepare lunches and dinners, or even some breakfasts that are whole food friendly. Try to save some room in your freezer so that you have space for all the foods you are making ahead of time.

Use Your Leftovers Whole Foods During The Holiday Season for other meals

Don’t forget about the joy of leftovers! You can cook a whole chicken on your meal prep day, put the cooked chicken in a container, and create quite a few lunches and dinners throughout the week just with this one chicken. If you have leftovers from a Thanksgiving Turkey, remove the meat from any bones, place it in zip lock plastic bags and freeze it. You can use it during the cold winter days ahead for a great soup or turkey pot pie.Whenever you have leftovers, save them and think about what else you can make with them. This helps to save you money and time later on.

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Bon Provecho

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10 thoughts on “Whole Foods During The Holiday Season”

  • There are some foods that we need to purchase already preprocessed. I will write a post sharing some ideas about this later in the week.If you have time to process things like your own olives then it can be a nice hobby but most of us don’t have that kind of time. I cook our beans from scratch, however, I do have friends that are following a plant-based whole food lifestyle that purchases precooked beans, rinses them off and is ok with that. There must be exceptions to every rule even with food.

  • Thank you for sharing. The holidays do create a food problem for many if they forget to plan. We will still enjoy all the great foods but with little extra plant-based options for those of us that want to avoid the processed stuff. Making our own pumpkin pie using fresh pumpkin instead of the canned mix sold in grocery stores in one way. There are many others I will be sharing some recipes between now and the holidays.

  • This concept is so important to so many of my friends, who really stress over the excesses they encounter during the holidays. Sharing on my FB page.

  • I like to give gifts at random during the year and to cook special meals at least once every month,
    but I agree, this time of year we step it up a bit and almost everybody gets to enjoy it….

  • thanks for sharing the article. I checked the article and the form at the top right of the page appears
    on my blog, plus we had someone use it yesterday to join our group. I have no idea why it is not showing
    on your computer, it is a couple inches long so it should stand out It has a green header and then a place
    for your name and email address. Once filled out you will be taken to where you will get a free copy of
    The Dark Side of Sugar and Wheat. I will check it out and see if others are having the same problem. If so
    then I need to make a new form.

  • This is an excellent article that I am going to share with a few people I know who say they want to eat well but think it’s too much work or claim that they don’t have time. It can be done!!

    I am STILL unable to sign up for the newsletter, by the way. In fact, I don’t even see where that can be done; there is no “form at the top right of this page”. JD 🙁

  • Thanks Roy. It won’t be as hard to continue with my whole foods lifestyle here in Mexico..The cost of
    a frozen turkey at Costco is about the size of my car payment and we can not find any fresh birds…
    So it will Roasted Duck and/or Grilled Fresh local caught red snapper at our house. I don’t have many
    guests so two entree choices is not a problem…Now the cranberries is a challenge. I am hoping maybe
    Walmart. Thanksgiving does not get much play here in Mexico as you can guess.

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