Powerhouse Plants - Thanksgiving Style

During the first Thanksgiving in November of 1621, the autumn harvest most likely consisted of local vegetables such as corn, beans, lettuce, onions, cabbage, carrots, and spinach. Corn was shown on record to have been bountiful but probably wasn’t eaten the more popular ways we eat it today. It was usually removed from the cob, turned into cornmeal, and then into some version of porridge (1). Native Americans are said to have harvested regional-specific fruits including gooseberries, plums, grapes, cranberries, and blueberries. Thanksgiving’s highlighted cranberry was also used as a natural dye.

We offer some really amazing Thanksgiving dishes to complement your holiday. Both savory and sweet, our menu options are inclusive - fully plant-based, gluten-free, and kosher. To top it off, we are 100% organic and nutrient-dense. We wanted to break down some of our key Thanksgiving ingredients to show how this holiday can not only be delicious, but totally guilt-free and healthy.

Japanese Sweet Potatoes / Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes contain antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective properties. Sweet potatoes are great for gut health, promoting the growth of healthy gut bacteria (2). As discussed in our sweet potato blogpost, we touched on the importance of seasonal eating. Eating with the season harmonizes with the body’s cyclical rhythm and is said to help support diversity within your gut microbiome (3). By diversifying your intake of plant foods each season, you are feeding beneficial gut bacteria with fibrous nutrients.

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Organic Shepherd’s Pie

Organic Pumpkin Pie

Nutritional Yeast

Nutritional yeast, or “nooch” as most vegans call it, is a light, flaky, yellow seasoning that gives certain non-dairy recipes a nice cheese flavor. Nutritional yeast, first and foremost, is high in vitamin B-12. B-12 is the one main vitamin that vegans are told to ensure they supplement into their diet. It’s not actually the animals that contain this vitamin, B-12 comes from microbes within the earth that are consumed by animals while they are eating a plant-based diet. Even though it is possible to get this vitamin through B-12 fortified plant foods, it may be difficult to track one’s intake every day to meet the daily quota.

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Organic Luscious Lasagna

Almond Flour

Almonds contain high amounts of amino acids, vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates, and fatty acids (4). This powerful nut has diverse bioactive compounds and are made up of macro and micronutri