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Table Talk: 6 Tasty, Must-Try Thanksgiving Recipes
Wellness
Published Tuesday Nov 14, 2017 by Brittany Raine

Table Talk: 6 Tasty, Must-Try Thanksgiving Recipes

Recipes
Food
Nutrition

Are you on the hunt for Thanksgiving (or Friendsgiving) recipes that won't have you feeling too guilty or spending endless hours in the kitchen? We have six tasty, quick and easy dishes for your next festive fall meal—big or small! Enjoy!

1. Mini Cheese Balls – a simply satisfying, go-to appetizer that you’ll want to make for any celebration!
Time: 45 minutes (including chilling time)
Tip: Serve with a side of beet chips! The crispy sweetness of the chips will balance the tart cheese mixture.

2. Spicy Kale Salad – an unexpected (but delicious!) complimentary crunch to any Thanksgiving meal.
Time: 15 minutes
Tip: Sprinkle the salad with dried cranberries or dried cherries for added flavor. Gluten-free in your group? Use BFree Bread for the breadcrumbs.

3. Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Mash – a lighter alternative to traditional sweet potato dishes, this mash is jam-packed with flavor.
Time: 1 hour
Tip: Add freshly grated cheese of your choice to the top of the dish and let it melt slightly before serving.

4. Brussel Sprouts Gratin – you might have disliked this vegetable as a kid, but you'll fall in love with this tasty, cheesy recipe.
Time: 50 minutes
Tip: Looking for a little extra crunch? Chop up some crispy bacon, and sprinkle on top of the dish while the cheese is still gooey.

5. Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bars – a dreamy dessert you can prepare ahead of time!
Time: 2 hours (including chilling time)
Tip: Drizzle bars with a homemade dark chocolate glaze to add a little something special to this treat.

6. Apple Nachos – Kids and adults will go nuts for this no-bake recipe. Plus, it's just as tasty (and easier) than apple pie!
Time: 20 minutes
Tip: Serve with fluffy homemade whipped cream on the side to balance the crunchiness of the nachos. 
 

Brittany Raine MINDBODY
Written by
Brittany Raine
Consumer Content Program Manager
About the author
A free-spirited farmgirl from New York, Brittany traded her job as a journalist and newspaper editor for the San Diego sunshine. Brittany now leads the curation of all creative content. There are rumors she was Middle Earth's warrior elven queen in a past life.
healthy travel tips
Wellness
Published Thursday Oct 17, 2019 by Erica Arvanitis

Healthy Habits to Try While Traveling

Travel
Food
Drink

There’s nothing better than being out of office, but honestly, airports are where all your healthy habits go to die. Whether it’s waiting in stressful security lines or a plethora of fast food spots next to your gate, traveling takes a toll on your body. 

Once you’re off the tarmac and in the air, it can be easy to forget those pesky habits that can help to keep your body balanced. While you are on vacation and should live it up a little, here are a few tips that help me stay healthy when I’m on vacation. 

Pack your own snacks.

My nutritionist, Erica Fowler, taught me this *essential* tip: in-air snacks aren’t always the easiest on your stomach. Make a pitstop to Trader Joe’s—or your local grocery store—for fresh fruit and veggies you can bring on the plane with you. I found it much easier to grab something quick out of my bag and have it ready after take off to munch on, and I could confidently say no thank you to the in-flight pretzels.

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Pack your own snacks.

My nutritionist, Erica Fowler, taught me this *essential* tip: in-air snacks aren’t always the easiest on your stomach. Make a pitstop to Trader Joe’s—or your local grocery store—for fresh fruit and veggies you can bring on the plane with you. I found it much easier to grab something quick out of my bag and have it ready after take off to munch on, and I could confidently say no thank you to the in-flight pretzels.

Stay hydrated.

I just recently got back from a girl’s trip to New Orleans, and boy, did that humidity do a number on me. By the third night, walking around in that heat, I was ready to topple over. Moral of the story: hydrate, hydrate, and then hydrate some more. TSA restrictions and all the salty plane snacks can make it challenging to get a headstart, but try and stick with water rather than that cocktail or sugary soda before you land. Also, keep a refillable water bottle handy! Those drink cups on planes are ridiculously tiny, plus if you drink a lot, you’ll get up and around to stretch when you head to the bathroom. It’s a win-win. 

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Stay hydrated.

I just recently got back from a girl’s trip to New Orleans, and boy, did that humidity do a number on me. By the third night, walking around in that heat, I was ready to topple over. Moral of the story: hydrate, hydrate, and then hydrate some more. TSA restrictions and all the salty plane snacks can make it challenging to get a headstart, but try and stick with water rather than that cocktail or sugary soda before you land. Also, keep a refillable water bottle handy! Those drink cups on planes are ridiculously tiny, plus if you drink a lot, you’ll get up and around to stretch when you head to the bathroom. It’s a win-win. 

Don’t be afraid to ask.

When you’re in a new city—and on vacation—there can be a stigma or fear around asking for something specific in a restaurant. While I’m still learning this one, it’s important to remember that no one will be offended if you want dressing on the side or no cheese on that pasta dish. So, speak up when it comes to menu modifications. 

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Don’t be afraid to ask.

When you’re in a new city—and on vacation—there can be a stigma or fear around asking for something specific in a restaurant. While I’m still learning this one, it’s important to remember that no one will be offended if you want dressing on the side or no cheese on that pasta dish. So, speak up when it comes to menu modifications. 

Embrace a balance.

No one expects you to be eating a salad every single day of your vacation. You’re in a new city! It’s fun to explore new places and experience the culture through the food you eat—just remember balance is key. If you want to sit on the beach drinking a cocktail, or have some more of that super tasty dessert in a fancy restaurant, let yourself. It’s okay to break from your regular routine. You don’t want to hit the pause button on all your healthy habits, but the point of a vacation is to enjoy yourself, so have that second helping, while making a point to balance it out tomorrow with a longer walk. 

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Embrace a balance.

No one expects you to be eating a salad every single day of your vacation. You’re in a new city! It’s fun to explore new places and experience the culture through the food you eat—just remember balance is key. If you want to sit on the beach drinking a cocktail, or have some more of that super tasty dessert in a fancy restaurant, let yourself. It’s okay to break from your regular routine. You don’t want to hit the pause button on all your healthy habits, but the point of a vacation is to enjoy yourself, so have that second helping, while making a point to balance it out tomorrow with a longer walk. 

Erica Arvanitis MINDBODY
Written by
Erica Arvanitis
Copywriter
About the author
A copywriter by day, Erica spends her free time mastering the art of puzzles while forcing her 10-year-old Chow mix to wear sweaters. With experience in PR, social media, marketing, and copywriting, Erica lives and breathes the written word. Warning: don’t test her on Friends trivia - she will win every time.