Tips for a Gluten and Dairy Free Thanksgiving

I love everything about Thanksgiving: football, family, the start of the holiday season, and especially the food. Five years ago, I became gluten and dairy free. When Thanksgiving rolled around the first year I wasn’t having gluten or dairy, I was super bummed that I wouldn’t get to enjoy my favorite dishes like green bean casserole and stuffing without being in pain. The following year I decided to make a few changes. I knew there had to be a way to enjoy my favorite holiday without feeling sick! I’m sharing a few simple swaps to the classic staples for Thanksgiving making them gluten and dairy free. These simple swaps have made a big difference and now I can enjoy my green bean casserole and stuffing pain free!

Green Bean Casserole

I really like this recipe from Gluten Free on a Shoestring. I swap out original crispy french onions for gluten free ones. I also swap out condensed cream of mushroom soup, for a gluten free version I find at Whole Foods, made by the brand Pacific. There is still dairy, but at least I can cut out the gluten!  


A simple swap for stuffing is changing regular bread crumbs for gluten free bread crumbs. My trick for really great stuffing is that I use a little extra liquid to help not dry out! 


I use Organic Imagine also found at Whole Foods that is gluten free! 

Pumpkin Fluff

This is always a hit at Thanksgiving! Check out this super simple recipe for the perfect Pumpkin Fluff. I like to add some tasty gluten free ginger snaps to enjoy this yummy treat with too!

Finally, I want to share a few tips that have helped me over the past five years to not overindulge on Thanksgiving. Even if you don’t have a dietary restriction like gluten or dairy free, you can avoid the pain of overeating by following these quick tips:

  • Eat meals around the big meal: Do NOT skip out on breakfast!  The more your fuel leading up to Thanksgiving, the better!
  • Drink your water: Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! This will help flush out those toxins from a meal you don’t have every day.
  • Move your body: Make sure you get your sweat on! I love going for a walk after dinner with the family – even if it is just around the block, movement is key to help with digestion, swelling, and just feeling better!
  • One spoon rule: This is my favorite rule! This allows me to take one spoonful of whatever I want and then be done. It’s enjoying ALL the yumminess I want with moderation!  

I hope these tips and swaps help you to have a healthier and lighter Thanksgiving!

For more tips on healthy eating during the holidays, check out this post!

Kelli Careathers
Hi! My name is Kelli, I am a mama bear to one daughter, her name is Adrianna! My family and I live in East Lansing and are a true Spartan family! I am a health and wellness coach, who works with women daily to empower them to live their best lives and be their support along their journey. In my spare time I love to workout, cook and catch up on my DVR shows!


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