This past Thursday was my first time celebrating Thanksgiving since going vegan. I’m not going to lie, I use to love everything about Thanksgiving. The turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, and every other traditional side dish. I even was in the small minority that loved the canned cranberry sauce. I wanted to share my first time celebrating a vegan Thanksgiving!
I was a little nervous the days leading up to Thanksgiving about being tempted to eat one of the side dishes. However, when the day came I was impressed with myself. In my biggest test since adopting a plant based diet, I had absolutely no desire to eat anything that contained animal products. In fact, I was looking forward to the food that was specially cooked for me.
Since the college basketball season is well under way, I don’t get to go home and celebrate Thanksgiving with my family. Luckily I have an amazing sponsor family that I spend a lot of time with and they invited me along with some of my teammates over for dinner. I have not been home for Thanksgiving for the last four years which is the toughest part of the holiday season. Luckily my sponsor mother was nice enough to cook a wonderful vegan meal specifically for me.
What I Ate
My sponsor mother hooked me up. She cooked me some mixed vegetables, a baked sweet potato, baked potato, and a great salad. I didn’t even pay attention to the turkey or side dishes! It is not easy to cook a completely plant based meal when you do not do it very often, but I got lucky with the great meal. I did not get a chance to take a picture of my plate but it was wonderful non the less. It was a good start to my journey of vegan Thanksgivings, the first of many!
The best part of the meal was definitely the baked sweet potato. Before eating a plant based diet, I never really gave sweet potatoes a chance. For some reason I always avoided it and I am kicking myself for not trying it until now. Sweet potatoes are now one of my favorite foods. Besides tasting great, sweet potatoes are rich in vitamins such as vitamin B6, C, D, B1, and B2. They also are a good source of magnesium and potassium along with other great benefits. So next time you have the opportunity to try sweet potatoes make sure you give it a chance!
Hopefully this is the last year that I have to spend Thanksgiving away from my family. But spending the day with my sponsor family and teammates made it a great time. With that being said, I look forward to celebrating a completely plant based Thanksgiving meal! No turkey, no milk, no cheese. I am not sure how long I will have to wait for that to happen, but I know the day will come. Until then, I will enjoy my own personal vegan Thanksgiving and wonderful meals that do not require anything from animals!