When we first went raw, we didn’t know how important it would be to create raw versions of holiday recipes. We thought we would bring a green smoothie, some nuts, and maybe a raw pie. We believed that just because we were spending time with our family, it was enough to please them.
We were wrong.
It didn’t work out that way. Our families were confused and hurt. They thought we were betraying their traditions. After trial and error, we came up with solutions that made Thanksgiving not only a comfortable and happy day for our families, but one that helps us feel, for just one day, that we aren’t the black sheep of the family.
Me (the Raw Food Nut) is here to present:
5 Easy Ways to Make Your Thanksgiving Raw and Your Family Happy
1. Make Raw Versions of Thanksgiving Recipes
When we finally sat down and thought about it, we realized if traditions were so important, we needed to meld raw foods with classic holiday traditions. After making raw versions (and better tasting, in our opinion), our families felt much more comfortable knowing that we had made an effort to keep Thanksgiving traditions alive.
2. Eat With Your Family
Do not eat your food before or after your family. It’s very important to eat at the same time they are eating. Go with the tradition, just add raw food! If you are really hungry for a green smoothie, have a little raw something before you leave so you won’t feel as tempted to eat what you wouldn’t want to eat. But if you make raw Thanksgiving recipes, you’re not going to need that smoothie.
3. Do Not Pressure Your Family to Eat Raw
If your family thinks you are judging every bite they eat, they are going to be very uncomfortable. Talk about how beautiful and tasty their food looks. Talk about the aesthetic value of your food, try to steer clear of the nutritional value (unless they are interested).
Try to focus on the other aspects of the holiday – the fresh flower centerpiece, the glowing candles, the festive plates, and Grandma’s new sweater. (Yes, Grandma’s new sweater has a giant turkey on it and you think it is hideous, but it makes Grandma feel good.)
4. Make Your Food With Your Family, if Possible
If you can, don’t just show up with everything made, make your food with your family. Not only will they be fascinated, but they will feel a deeper connection to you. Perhaps bring ingredients for a big salad, and show everyone how you make a fresh salad dressing with flax seed oil and apple cider vinegar. Or show them how you make your mashed potatoes – it’s really quite easy and so much less work than the original!
5. Help Do The Dishes
Don’t laugh at this one, this can really be important. Those who do they dishes after Thanksgiving are considered Holiday Gods. You will be the hero of the dinner table! Not only that, but with all the extra energy you will have, you can show your family how even a heavy raw food meal won’t knock you out. You will also avoid watching football, with snoring Uncle Bill on the couch. (He farts a lot too!)
So there you have it! Five easy tips to have a successful raw Thanksgiving with the Fam’.