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Eight Dessert Tips for Your Eco-Thanksgiving Celebration

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When you are concerned about the environment, it makes each holiday celebration slightly different from what you may recall from your youth. Thankfully, there is so much you can do that is not just eco-friendly but also healthy and (don’t forget) delicious. Your family and guests won’t even realize that they’re also saving the environment.

1. Buy Local

One of the most important things you can do for the environment and your health is to shop locally whenever you can. That means buying produce that was grown in your local area. Most grocery stores today do have local produce; just read the signs. If you’re not sure, ask someone. Even Walmart offers local produce in many areas.

2. Buy in Season

Obviously, if you are buying locally, you’ll be buying in-season produce and food. The reason you want to buy in season is that they must use fewer outside means to help the plants to grow than otherwise. The flavor can’t be beaten, and you’re also helping your local community and the environment by doing as much as is possible where you live.

3. Skip the Processed Food

Processed food like white sugar, flour, and other ingredients aren’t usually going to be made locally (unless you have a factory there) and they may not be healthy or environmentally friendly depending on how they’re processed.

4. Shop the Outer Aisles

When you go to any store if you look for something yummy in the outside aisles it’s more likely to be fresh and not processed. This is the best way to find your ingredients for your dessert. Think berries and cream, or a cobbler with oat crumble or chocolate-covered apples.

5. Find Local Organizations

Some communities have organizations that distribute local produce that would otherwise be thrown away because it’s unattractive. For example, in Tucson, Arizona, they have which distributes with volunteers all the food that would otherwise be tossed out, and it’s very inexpensive. You get 60 pounds a week in Tucson, AZ for only 12 bucks with no subscription – just first come first serve.

6. Try No-Cook Options

When you heat things, you are obviously using extra energy, and when you cook for Thanksgiving, you likely must cook not just that day but a week before the big day. If you can find some delicious no-cook options, you can cut down on the cooking and the energy used to cook.

7. Start New Traditions

While Thanksgiving is all about traditions, you can also make your own. You don’t have to stick to traditions that you don’t want to do anymore. You can make it a new thing to be eco-friendly and think about your impact on the environment – even at Thanksgiving.

8. Make It Homemade

Whatever you are cooking, if you can make it homemade, it’s going to be better for you and eco-friendlier automatically. If you think you cannot cook, consider again whether that’s true. If you use very simple recipes, you can do it.

The thing to remember about Thanksgiving is that it’s all about being thankful for what you have, helping others fill in the gaps of what they need, and doing your best to take care of your little section of the Earth.

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Eight Dessert Tips for Your Eco-Thanksgiving Celebration


    • Dominique

      I need to do better about local. I want to start cooking regularly and order a big box of veggies and fruit from a local co-op! It sounds like it would be fun to smample some of your cooking. From your posts, it sounds good!

  • Samantha T

    Thank you so much for sharing. I know I am not in the norm here, but I do not really like turkey (I like chicken ok, but not turkey for some reason). If I am at someone’s place and they are serving turkey or have company and they REALLY want turkey we will do it, but we often just do a roasted chicken with sides. My husband is ok with it, and if it’s just the two of us, why not? The same thing with Christmas dinner. I love ham and usually do a ham, but we have done steak Christmas, Hawaiian Christmas, etc. It just depends on what we feel like each year. Thanks for sharing these great tips. Hope they also help others.

    • Dominique

      Hey, my son could live without turkey so you are not that far out there LOL. He eats it on Thanksgiving and Christmas Days — and that’s it.

  • Angie

    Love this. I also try to buy local – and our main grocery store, H‑E‑B, is great at buying just from Texas farmers. I also order from Imperfect Foods to help with food waste.

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