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Healthy Activities and Foods for Your Family This Thanksgiving

Family Activities - Hiking in Palm Beach, FL

Seeking healthy activities and foods for your family to enjoy this Thanksgiving? After all, the holiday doesn’t have to be filled with watching football on TV and napping off a food coma. Luckily, the Westlake, West Palm Beach, and surrounding South Florida areas are filled with healthy and delicious food choices and activities for your family this Thanksgiving.

Let’s find out more!

Healthy and Delicious Foods for Your Family

Perhaps your family enjoyed the benefits of container or raised-bed gardening in your Sky Cove or Sky Cove South home’s backyard this year. If so, you are likely still gathering the most delicious foods from your garden.

From leafy greens to red, ripe tomatoes, carrots to crispy cauliflower, nutrient-packed kale to flavorful herbs, bright peppers to succulent squash, the South Florida climate means a longer growing season with many still harvesting through Thanksgiving.

If you did not have a garden this year, local farmer’s markets offer up fun activities as well as healthy foods for your family to enjoy. As you and the family head out to the markets, fill your shopping list with healthy choices! You’ll find lots of markets to choose from in the area like these:

  • Swank Farm – In Loxahatchee Groves, Swank Farm Saturday Farmer’s Market offers greens, vegetables, and more, including favorite local products like Circle Bar C Dairy, Bread by Johnny, Bonafide Farms, Joy of Garlic, Independent Seafood, Olive Oil of the World, Laurie’s Granola, and Gratitude Garden.
  • Royal Palm Beach Green Market and Bazaar – You’ll find fresh produce, baked goods, seasonal plants, honey, and more.
  • Caribbean Plants and Produce – Houseplants and tropical fruit trees are here alongside yummy exotic produce like jackfruit, sugar apples, longan, and Annona.

For more information on local fresh food in the Westlake and Loxahatchee area, visit our blog.

After selecting fresh vegetables, fruits, and other foods, try the list of healthy recipes our team at Sky Cove and Sky Cove South created for your family to try this Thanksgiving.

Pumpkin Soup

Healthy Thanksgiving Meals - Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin soup is a popular Thanksgiving dish that can be served cold or hot. Here is one of the many ways to create this creamy, savory soup for your family and friends:

Sauté onions three to four minutes, adding pumpkin pie spice and cayenne pepper and cooking two minutes more. Add peeled and chunked pumpkin meat (or a natural pumpkin puree option), simmer for 8 to 10 minutes. Puree with an immersion blender, then stir in coconut milk. Serve in your favorite bowls or cups and top with salted pepitas (pumpkin seeds).

Roasted Vegetables

Healthy Thanksgiving Meals - Roasted Vegetables

You can never go wrong with roasted vegetables; this is a must at any Thanksgiving dinner table. Fresh vegetables from local farmer’s markets around the Westlake area will add a special touch to this easy and delicious dish.

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Prepare a baking sheet with cooking spray or use parchment paper. Wash, cut up, and combine all your veggies in a mixing bowl until your veggies are coated with seasonings and oil. Place on a prepared baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, turning vegetables as needed until tender and brown. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and serve.

Cranberry Yogurt

Healthy Leftover Thanksgiving Snacks - Cranberry Yogurt

Looking for a healthy and easy Thanksgiving leftover snack? The morning after Thanksgiving, you and your family will most likely still feel stuffed and will want to eat something light, so consider mixing Greek yogurt (or another yogurt of your choice) with leftover cranberry sauce. Greek yogurt is high in protein, and the probiotics in the yogurt can help your stomach recover from all the food consumed the day before.

Boneless Turkey Breast Roast

Boneless Turkey Breast Roast - Healthy Thanksgiving Options

Skip the hassle of roasting an entire turkey while also cutting out the skin’s fat and calories by serving a boneless turkey breast roast.

To prepare: 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F
  • Chop rosemary and cut garlic into thin slivers
  • Place your boneless turkey breast roast in a Dutch oven or a medium roasting pan and make 10-15 inserts with a paring knife, then stick the garlic in the holes
  • Rub the roast with olive, avocado, or grapeseed oil
  • Sprinkle salt, pepper, and rosemary
  • Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest area of the roast

Bake uncovered for 30 minutes per pound, until the thermometer reads 160°F. Remove the roast from the oven, cover, and let it rest for 10 minutes. Once settled, remove the mesh casing, slice the roast, and serve to guests and family.

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes - Thanksgiving Healthy Options

If the goal this holiday season is to cut back on carbohydrates, try these cauliflower mashed potatoes with all the flavor of traditional mashed potatoes at a fraction of the carbs.

First, cut a whole cauliflower into small chunks and put it in a medium pot with whole garlic cloves and enough cold water to cover the cauliflower. Next, cover the pot with a lid and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and cook until the cauliflower is fork-tender (about 10 minutes). 

Drain the pot without discarding the garlic. Add butter or extra virgin olive oil, salt, and black pepper to taste. Blend until you get the desired consistency, then enjoy this healthy alternative to a Thanksgiving staple.

Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole - Thanksgiving Healthy Options

Sweet potatoes do not have to be covered in marshmallows to stay delicious. Try this healthier alternative with your family and friends this Thanksgiving!

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Boil peeled and cubed sweet potatoes or yams until soft. Drain completely, then mash with:

  • Butter, coconut oil, ghee, or vegan butter 
  • Whole, almond, or soy milk
  • Egg or yolk mixture
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Cinnamon

Combine pecans with almond flour or coconut flour — as well as sugar-free honey or maple syrup — to create a crumbly topping. Spread the sweet potato mixture in a baking dish and sprinkle the pecan topping over it. Bake for 45 minutes, and serve as a side dish or healthy dessert.

Healthy Activities to Enjoy with the Family

There are lots of fun activities to enjoy with your family in the Westlake area this Thanksgiving as well! Here are some great ideas everyone can enjoy.

Plan and Prepare the Thanksgiving Meal Together

Preparing Thanksgiving Family Dinner - Palm Beach Holiday Activities

What could be better than including the whole family in the planning and preparation of a healthy Thanksgiving Day feast using your fresh finds from the backyard garden or the local farmer’s markets?

Once you’ve created your meal plan, assign everyone age-appropriate tasks and work alongside one another preparing the meal! Enjoy your meal together. When it is complete, be sure to include everyone in the after-dinner clean-up as well.

Take a Walk

Thanksgiving Activities - Family Walks

After Thanksgiving dinner, plan to take a walk together. Don’t forget to include your furry friend in the fun! Walking is a family-friendly activity everyone can enjoy, from the youngest to the oldest family member. Take the time to talk about what you are thankful for as you enjoy the time together.

You can even stop to enjoy what the local parks and green areas have to offer and play games like tag, frisbee, tag football, and others. It could even be a fun way for the older family members to introduce games they played when they were younger!

Go on a Hike

Hiking is a great activity to enjoy with the family, exploring the scenery and enjoying one another’s company. There are lots of local scenic trails to enjoy in the region, including:

Head to the Beach

Beach Time After Thanksgiving

As average daily high temperatures remain in the upper 70s to lower 80s, November is an excellent month to enjoy the shores in Palm Beach County. Taking a long walk in the sand, searching for seashells, or going for a swim in the ocean are just some of the activities families can enjoy at the beach together.

Some of the most popular beaches in the area include:

  • Delray Beach
  • John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
  • Carlin Park
  • Lake Worth Beach
  • Gulfstream Park
  • Ocean Reef Park
  • Juno Beach
  • Peanut Island
  • Palm Beach
  • Oceanfront Park

Remember to check the forecast before leaving, as November is the last month of hurricane season!

Visit the Lion Country Safari

While Lion Country Safari is best known for its drive-through safari, there are plenty of other healthy activities you can do there. Some ways to be active at Lion Country Safari include:

  • Play in the Safari Splash Sprayground
  • Ride the Safari Water Slides (weekends only) and 90-ft Fun Slide
  • Splash in Safari Falls
  • Feed birds and walk through the Lorikeet Aviary
  • Pan for fossils and gems at the Gemstone Mining Area
  • Wander through the Hedge Maze
  • Play mini-golf on a 16-hole course

Check Out the Cox Science Center and Aquarium

The Science Center and Aquarium is closed on major holidays including Thanksgiving, but visitors can still stop by the day before or after to burn some calories while checking out all their exhibits, such as:

  • Journey Through the Human Brain — the world’s most advanced neuroscience exhibit
  • Fisher Family Science Trail — a quarter-mile outdoor trail connecting 15 exhibits
  • Aquariums of the Atlantic — a 10,000-gallon aquarium featuring fish found in Florida
  • The Conservation Course — an 18-hole miniature golf course
  • Marvin Dekelboum Planetarium — the first and only public planetarium in Palm Beach County
  • The Hidden World of the Everglades — an interactive exhibition that immerses the visitor in Florida’s wildlife and ecosystems
  • Florida Conservation Station — a learning laboratory which includes hands-on experiments and research activities
  • Science on a Sphere — a room-sized global display system, projecting planetary data on a six-foot-diameter sphere

Contact Us Today

From local farmer’s markets to hiking trails to parks and playgrounds, Thanksgiving is the ideal time to enjoy healthy activities and delectable food with the family at home in Palm Beach County.

Sky Cove and Sky Cove South wish you, your family, and friends a safe and healthy Thanksgiving this year!

Plan your visit today and find the home of your dreams in Palm Beach County. For more information or to schedule a virtual tour, contact us today!

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