So its that time of year again! The holidays are quickly approaching us and that means that family dinners are, too. Now I’m not sure about you guys, but I know that I won’t be eating everything at the dinner table this Thanksgiving. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, or just plain picky, hopefully you’ll get something out of this post! I know that it can be hard if you don’t eat something that maybe the rest of your family does.
In order to ensure that you get to dig into a healthy, well-balanced meal with your family that follows your own preferences, there are a few things to remember:
1. Plan Ahead
When you are a “picky eater”, its important that you plan ahead. Knowing what to expect at the dinner table will make your life so much easier! Which leads me to my next point…
2. Know the Menu
It is extremely important to know the menu. If your family does a classic Thanksgiving with a turkey and potatoes, be sure to be aware of that so you can plan to bring something. Who knows, maybe there will be a mash-up of foods that you enjoy and can make a plate from that. Ever since I was little, I always opted for potatoes and veggies. I never really ate the turkey so I would fill my plate with all side dishes.
3. Offer to Make/Bring Something
If your family does not have something on the menu that you eat, offer to bring or make something. The best way to share your preferences is to bring something for everyone to try. That way, you get to eat something you like and your family gets to try something new. Even if your family doesn’t want to try what you have, at least there will be something there for you to enjoy.
4. Pack Snacks
Even if you bring something for everyone to enjoy, it’s important to pack snacks. Usually, everyone gets hungry for a round two and if everything you brought is gone, you’re going to be hungry. It’s important to bring something, whether it be extra of whatever you originally made for yourself or something simple like a KIND bar. No matter what the occasion, I try to always have something in my purse to eat (I love these).
5. DON’T FORGET ABOUT DESSERT!
Never ever forget about dessert! Even if you think you don’t want it, you want it! It’s the holidays, after all. Some of my favorite dairy-free desserts are: So Delicious Coconut Milk Frozen Dessert in Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl, these Vegan Cupcakes, and So Delicious Coconut Milk Minis Vanilla Sandwiches.
Hopefully these tips will help you with all of your holiday festivities!
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