During the week of Thanksgiving every single year, nearly 200 million pounds of turkey meat is thrown away. Only 6.3% of food waste gets composted. A lot of resources are needed to create the food that ends up going to waste. This includes enough water to supply New York City for 100 days as well as a carbon footprint equal to 800,000 cars driving from Los Angeles to Florida. The impact food waste has on our planet is huge.
With a little effort and planning, we can avoid all of the above. Why not start your wellness journey now instead of waiting for the new year to come around? Pack your Thanksgiving menu with whole and nutrient-dense foods. You may find you enjoy your vegan Thanksgiving so much that you want to give this lifestyle a more permanent try. If you’re interested in giving it a shot long term we have some tips for easing into the lifestyle.
Cooking a vegan Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be a struggle. With a few good recipes, your meat-free Thanksgiving can be just as simple as cooking a more traditional spread. These days you don’t have to miss out on any of your favorites when you opt for this more healthy way of eating.
Of course, it’s important to keep some of the traditions in the kitchen. You don’t need to ditch all of your family's go-to dishes but switching up just a few can lead to a healthier plate. The healthier the plate, the more likely you are to have a healthy gut and lower the risk of diseases like diabetes, ensuring you can celebrate together for many more years to come. Keep in mind that a lot of the recipes you know and love can be made vegan with just a few dairy-free substitutions.
If you’re looking for some new ideas and trying to get into healthy cooking, with this list you can be confident that the vegans, vegetarians, and meat-eaters in your life will all be satisfied with your Thanksgiving spread.