How to Incorporate Gut-Healing Foods Into Your Thanksgiving Meal

A freshly roasted turkey on the table, the Macy’s parade and football on TV, and all your loved ones gathered together.  Thanksgiving fills our hearts and homes with so much love and fun each year.  Unfortunately, this fun and festive holiday can also lead to sickness and upset tummies from overeating.

Our November Item of the Month, Tummy Plus, is good to have on hand for tummy troubles.  Incorporating gut-friendly and healing foods into the meal is also a great way to give your digestion a boost, and make your food even more delicious!  As a bonus, many of these foods are fermented.  Fermented foods are not only packed full of gut-friendly probiotics but they last longer in the fridge so you won’t have to binge-eat all the leftovers quite as fast.

How to Incorporate Gut-Healing Foods Into Your Thanksgiving MealAppetizers

Homemade or store-bought full-fat plain yogurt (with no other ingredients) makes the perfect base for dips.  Try yogurt with chopped fresh dill, green onion, and garlic as a dip for veggies.
Dilly Carrots are a classic ferment and such a crowd-pleaser.  These are the perfect pre-meal snack.  


Kombucha is gaining popularity and is a probiotic-rich beverage that can be used in place of alcohol and made into lots of mocktails.
Homemade ginger ale is quite easy to make with a ginger bug and would be delicious to serve.
Tea is also always a fantastic and popular choice.  Peppermint, Ginger, Marshmallow Root and Fennel are all common digestive herbs that also make great teas.
Water!  Never forget this one :) Many nutritional experts suggest not drinking anything within 15 minutes of eating for optimal digestion.

Soups & Salads-

Try incorporating fresh, thinly sliced fennel on the salads.  It gives a delicious crunch and aids in digestion.  The fronds are delicious on top of salads and in soups.
Yogurt can be used to make a creamy salad dressing.  It’s also delicious added to soups for some creaminess.
Bone broth is the ultimate in gut-healing foods.  Make sure to save that turkey carcass to make turkey broth!  You could even buy a bone-in turkey leg to eat the week before Thanksgiving and use the bone to make broth for your Thanksgiving soups.


Using real, grass-fed organic butter in the mashed potatoes and other sides help give a nutritional and gut-healing boost.
Give homemade marshmallows a shot for the sweet potatoes, they’re easy to make a chock-full of gut healing benefits. 
Cook the veggies in bone broth instead of water.
Sauerkraut is a classic gut-friendly side that’s easy to incorporate.

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Thyme is an excellent gut-health herb and a classic turkey herb.


Pumpkin pie spice actually contains several herbs that are known for gut-healing benefits.
Lots of fruits can be fermented and enjoyed over yogurt or kefir.
Swap out some, or all, of the dairy and use yogurt or kefir for ice cream.
Infuse honey with gut-friendly herbs and use as a dip with some fruit for a lighter dessert.

We hope these have given you some tips for how to help create a gut-friendly & healing Thanksgiving feast. What are some of your tips?  Will you be incorporating any ferments into your meals?  Let us know in the comments below.

Note: TriLight Health employees are not licensed practitioners and cannot prescribe which products you should use. Our comments are educational. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, please see our pregnancy safe section. As with all our formulas, especially if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, please consult your health care practitioner before using products with any other medications*Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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