The holiday is getting closer and closer. Eek, I am so excited! I cannot wait to get the day off and relax with friends and family. I am going to lay back and take the day suuuper easy. It’s going to be wonderful. Not going to wake up early, not going to cook (don’t judge me, I cook every day of the year!), not going to workout, and actually…thinking of doing a juice fast for every meal other than the main Thanksgiving meal.
I was inspired by my hairdresser to do this. While cutting my hair, she was telling me how backwards she feels Thanksgiving is…how we, in the US, overstuff ourselves on the day we are supposed to “give thanks”, and since we are so focused on this huge meal and preparing for it, we really sort of forget to truly appreciate all the blessings we are freely given and forget to meditate upon them. She believes that instead, it would be incredibly sacrificial and grateful if we were to fast; where we would take one full day to engage our thoughts and slow down, having more time to meditate and be grateful for every wonderful blessing.
This was eye opening to me and I thought that it was exactly what I needed to do. I can’t 100% fast that day, because I think it would be rude from me to go to my family’s Thanksgiving dinner and not eat any of the food they’ve carefully prepared for us with love. However, I plan on fasting the rest of the meals that day. I am way excited about this and my husband is going to do it along with me! I love how my husband and I have similar desires and think very much alike; it’s going to be wonderful to give thanks to the Lord for all the love and gifts he has freely given us. I love having Christ as the center of our marriage and I consider that the biggest blessing of all.
What are you grateful for?
Tools You’ll Need:
- Medium saucepan
- 2 medium white onions (chopped)
- 5 garlic cloves (finely chopped)
- 1 quart low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon coconut aminos
- 2 tablespoons organic unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon organic thyme (finely chopped)
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- Place saucepan under high heat. Add broth, onions, garlic and thyme, and bring it to a boil. Once it boils, lower heat to low and let it simmer for 30 minutes (or until the onions and garlic are soft).
- Add sea salt, pepper, and coconut aminos as it simmers.
- Once it’s simmered for about 30 minutes, pour mixture to a blender and add 2 tablespoons of butter. Blend until thoroughly mixed.
- Serve immediately.
*Note: You can also add full fat coconut milk if you want a creamier gravy.
* Serves 12
* Nutritional Information (per serving): 32 calories; 1.9g fat; 2.5g carbohydrates; 1.3g protein.