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Holiday Recipes

Anytime Thanksgiving Turkey and Fresh Cranberry Sauce

When you are in the mood to eat roast Thanksgiving turkey but not to prep said turkey, give this easy, practical and mouth-watering entree a try. Turkey tenderloins are super-lean, tasty and very easy to work with. The brining step requires a little pre-planning, but yields incredibly moist and flavorful meat. The cranberry sauce is a fresh, raw relish that requires no cooking at all. Plus it's a million times tastier and more nutrient-rich than the canned glop. Gobble, gobble...

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Apple-Cornbread Stuffing

Holiday stuffing not only “stuffs” the turkey, it also stuffs your belly. The usual ingredients are the usual suspects—dried white bread (ugh) and, if you used a prepared mix, very high sodium and a very high glycemic impact . Simple fixes make this a far more healthy choice: Higher-fiber cornbread replaces the white stuff (you can even choose the gluten-free option), and the added treats like onion, tart green apples, and almonds or pine nuts add a host of nutrients rarely found in conventional stuffing

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Autumn Harvest Smoothie

Looking for ways to get more of the anti-oxidant-loaded seasonal produce into your diet? Try this harvest smoothie for a tasty and digestible raw fruit-and-veggie blast.

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Cheater Autumn Chili

All kinds of chili make great fall meals, but this sweet and spicy version has a few secret seasonal ingredients and, unlike most chilies, it can be on the table in just a few minutes. Happy fall!

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Cherry-Berry-Pom Cocktail (or Mocktail)

Choose this light, fresh and antioxidant-rich cocktail as a healthier alcoholic option for your holiday celebration. The distinctive juniper notes of good gin work really well with the sweet tang of the berries and cherries, but the drink is just as delicious served alcohol-free, if desired. Look for the notes following to make it a mocktail.

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Chocolate Chai Mug Cake

Another amazing mug cake in the grain-and-dairy-free line with very low total sugars. The chai spices are the key to this cake's delights. It tastes, rich, sweet and satisfying with warm fall spices, but it's totally guilt-free! This is my favorite mug cake.

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Cinna-Pumpkin Chai Fall Smoothie

This delightful, creamy smoothie is lightly warming from the spices despite its chilly temp. The carrots and pumpkin add a rich dose of beta-carotene. This autumnal "milkshake" is so tasty even your kids will eat their vegetables...

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Cinnamon Spice Granola

We're not generally big granola fans here at Clean Food Central. Too often they're full of processed cereals and WAY too much sugar, neither of which does a body any good at all. So we've been coming up with paleo recipes that are low in carbs, high in protein and fiber - with no added sugars at all!

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Coffee-Free Power Latte – 3 Ways

So the weather’s just starting to cool off and, in my neighborhood anyway, the sniffles have already begun. The fall/winter seasonal transitions can bring on allergy issues, colds and pesky new bugs. Though I’m not a coffee drinker, I love the ritual of a hot am cuppa when the weather is chilly. And we have so many specialty power-foods available to us now that “coffee hour” can become an opportunity to inject a pleasurable shot of preventive nutrition or an energy pick-me-up that won’t pull-ya-down a few hours later :)

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Cranberry Pumpkin Hummus

Try this autumnal hummus for a satisfying snack, salad topper or as a holiday party dish. Using pumpkin lightens the calorie load of traditional all-bean hummus, and the the overtones of cranberry and orange lend it a lightly sweet and tangy seasonal flare.

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