I don’t know about you…but I am really getting into all things made with pumpkin and maple this autumn. Yesterday, I made the most amazing pumpkin crumb cake! I will be sharing that recipe with you next week. Gear up…it is a good one.
To celebrate the season, I decided to do a fall inspired low FODMAP treat give-a-way!
Check out this swag…
A big shoutout to Superseedz, Simply Gum, Tonewood, Trueself and Justin’s for collaborating with me and making this give-a-way possible! Along with the FODMAPer tote, you will also win:
- Superseedz Maple and sea salt seasoned pumpkin seeds! I love these sweet and savory pumpkin seeds that make a nice topping for your morning oats, lactose free yogurt or add a delicious crunch to your garden salad. I am a BIG fan of pumpkin seeds as they are a great source of magnesium, a nutrient many of us fall short on.
- Simply Gum Maple flavor is one of my favorite flavors for this all-natural (sugar alcohol free) gum.
- Tonewood This pure maple sugar cube is way too fun! I love maple sugar, blueberries & pecans in my morning oats or in my freshly popped popcorn (try it, you’ll like it!) .
- Trueself Pumpkin Spice low FODMAP bars! These are fresh off the press, certified low FODMAP and created by a gastroenterologist! Great for a safe option on the go.
- Justin’s Maple Almond Butter. Gotta love a little maple infused almond butter. For a perfect combo, pair a tablespoon of almond butter with a banana for a quick snack on the go!
For a chance to win, simply leave a comment and share your favorite Thanksgiving tradition (food or not food related). Believe it or not…in the US, Thanksgiving is just about 3 1/2 weeks away!
158 replies on “Fall flavors for the FODMAPer: Give-a-way!“
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday! My favorite aspect is being able to come together as a family and enjoy a good meal. Since I’ve gotten married, a new tradition has formed where my siblings and I will spend Thanksgiving day with our respective SO’s families, and then we all meet on Black Friday and do it all again.
My family has dinner at my sister’s house, which was our family home growing up. So I savor the morning slowly – yoga, coffee, watch the parades, and make my contribution to the dinner. Usually it is apple crisp, even though I can’t eat it, because I am the one who has “mastered the art.” Makes the house smell wonderful! I love Thanksgiving because we remember those who were once gathered around our table (in person), eat some of their recipes, and there is no frenzy ahead of time with buying and wrapping gifts, etc. And just a shout-out to the companies above, for attending to the needs of us FODMAPers!
My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is taking out the cute TG decorations my son made when he was little. They are so adorable. He turns 21 next week!
One of my favorite vegetables to serve on Thanksgiving are sweet potatoes cooked with my mother’s recipe – basically peeled potatoes cooked in salted water until just tender, drained and put into a casserole dish and covered with a hot liquid candied topping made of packed brown sugar, water and a little butter and “rushed to the table”. Just have to make sure to limit myself to a safe serving size 🙂
My favorite Thanksgiving foods are
—carrot and turnip “smash”
—pumpkin spice flavor in anything
Thanksgiving is such a wonderful time to spend with family. We celebrate with my family on Thursday and with my in-laws on black Friday. We used to be all about shopping all day on black Friday but over the years we have decided that we don’t need anymore “stuff.” We need to fill our lives with more laugher, love and family time!
My husband and I love to go out to the lake for a walk either before or after the family dinner. Its such a beautiful fall experience and the food warms our bellies. 🙂
Cranberry sauce, lots of homemade cranberry sauce. Turkey is just the vehicle to get more cranberry sauce in my body!
My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is going around the table and saying one thing we are all thankful for between courses at dinner. It’s so fun to hear what various family members are thankful for!
My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is the gathering of as many close friends & relatives as possible with lots of food. There has to be turkey & cornbread dressing and something pumpkin & cranberry, but the rest can be whatever anyone wants to make!
Every year at Thanksgiving we take our pumpkins off the front porch and carry them in the woods behind our home so that the animals can have a Thanksgiving dinner too <3
As a child growing up in an Italian household we used to spend days prepping the sauces, fresh meats, vegetables, and baking pies from scratch. I used to go with my grandmother to the market and the butcher. We used to put on our aprons, sing to Frank Sanatra, and she would teach me how to cook. I will always cherish these memories.
My family loves my pumpkin pies. Been switching up the ingredients for a gluten-free variety.
I really appreciate that some products will be considered low FODMAP and certified!
My favorite thing on Thanksgiving is watching my husband and son cook in the kitchen making the meal.
When we are all together (which doesn’t happen every year- distances!) we circulate menu ideas around around and we start to plan the menu and what each of us would like to make. Then we shop together the day before…and cook the meal together. Makes the togetherness more special and last longer, too!
My sisters (and their families) and I gather at my mothers house. They put up the snow fence, finish the yard work while I do the cooking. Then we feast! This year I grew brussel sprouts and I’m going to roast them.
We decorate for the holidays.
Pre thanksgiving thanksgiving party with friends. Since many are with family on thanksgiving we have a party the Saturday before to spend time with friends. Post thanksgiving hike is essential to fight the holiday meal bloat and keep the spirits high. Who can resist a slight child and crunchy leaves underfoot.
My favorite thanksgiving tradition is going around the table and telling eachother what we are thankful for. Nobody is an exception to this tradition, and all new significant others or friends must participate! I also love that everyone in my family contributes to make a different dish, like most families. But I think what makes this one of my favorite traditions at the top of the list is when everyone is raving about the pumpkin pie or dessert I made, and nobody knows it’s low fodmap/gluten free/lactose free 🙂
My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is cooking the turkey in our antique wood stove. My husband gets up early to get the fire going so the wood oven will be at the proper temperature to cook the turkey. He has the system mastered and the turkey comes out delicious. Down side is we usually have to wear summer clothes all day since the house gets really warm with the fire going most of the day. Windows and doors are all open….in Vermont this looks funny in November. We remodeled our kitchen a couple years ago so now we do have a “regular” oven but we still will cook the turkey in the wood stove.
Our family favorites are green bean casserole and mashed sweet potatoes with pecan topping. I’ve adapted both to fit my low FODMAP requirements.
We’vehad Tonewood’s maple cube and it’s wonderful! Plus it’s nice to support a small business, isn’t it? Their maple syrup is also terrific – not the mixed syrups you find in most stores, even if 100% maple. Theirs is from one “sugarbush.” Okay, enough advertising, not that I’m affiliated with Tonewood. But I did talk with one of the owners on the phone about IBS and FODMAPs.
My fave tradition is pumpkin pie because I’ve convinced myself anything that orange is healthy. (Our veterinarian had us give our dog a spoon of organic, canned pumpkin – not pie – every day to help her digestion.)
Hi Beth! I agree, I love supporting small businesses –and I too, love Tonewood products! And I fully agree, anything orange is healthy! 😉
My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is laying out all of the newspaper ads with my mom after our big Thanksgiving dinner is cleaned up, and planning out how we are going to get the best deals on Black Friday! 🙂
Valerie Hein Hamstra
My favorite thanksgiving treat is sweet potato pie, although I have to modify my recipe now that I’m a low FODMAP gal. And my favorite tradition is napping after the meal. Everyone in my family cozies up on the couch, turns on the Packer games and gets a couple of Zs together.
To me, Thanksgiving = pumpkin pie. Yum! Looking forward to time with family and sharing a delicious turkey with all the trimmings – low FODMAP trimmings, of course!
My favorite thanksgiving tradition is the three F’s: family, food and football. All. Day!
Every year I host Thanksgiving. It is so wonderful to have my entire family together, some we only see once or twice a year. I love making sure everyone has something safe and delicious to eat, as I know how tricky it can be for me to eat!
Turkey… Love it in all its forms.
My new favorite Thanksgiving tradition is having a happy, delicious, stomach-problem free meal now that I know how to eat to manage my IBS and reflux! Thank you for all your insight and recipes, now and all year round!
Pumpkin pie and maple mousse, the latter a family recipe!
I like when we share about our lives in the past year and what has happened that we are thankful for. I like being reminded about how very blessed we are, no matter the circumstances.
Debra A Silva
I’ve really enjoyed reading Kate’s blog. It’s inspiring and always very pertinent for what’s going on with me diet-wise. Because my immediate family is now gone and in the past few years I’ve either gone to buffets with friends or visited a cousin’s house, my food traditions are now evolving too. I need to eat better to feel better. My new tradition will be to get even more creative with what vegetables and fruits are available with this Fall season and modify some of mom’s old standards to fit the new me.
My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is making homemade chicken and dumplings with my Grandma – I hope to carry on the legacy of cooking the meal as our family dynamics change!
I’m currently in graduate school in Madison, WI, so I spend a lot of my year counting down the days until I get to go home to Michigan and be with my family over Thanksgiving. In recent years, my favorite tradition has become cooking with my Mom. Now let me tell you, this woman is somehow able to pull off a Thanksgiving meal for ~15-20 people that has low fodmap, paleo, and vegetarian dishes to accommodate to all of our family’s dietary restrictions (not to mention, she does not personally follow any of these diets)! She starts planning months ahead and sends me recipes starting before summer. I’ve found a new love for cooking since starting the low fodmap diet, and I can’t wait to go home this year and share the kitchen with her again!
I love Thanksgiving, and I think the mashed potatoes are probably my favorite part!
My fave tradition is meeting with my brother for the holiday meal then visiting our parents grave site. Meaningful.
I’d love to try these products, especially those Trueself bars! I love to love people through food, so Thanksgiving is always a special holiday. Time to enjoy good food, good drink, great friends and family, and a slowed-down focus on people over things, on memories and relationships and love. It’s always special to go around the table and share what each of us is thankful for. And, of course, it’s “all things pumpkin” season, so…enough said! 🙂
My favorite part of Thanksgiving is just getting to spend time with family. This year my family will be all together – so looking forward to it!
Found family pot luck! We have a very small genetically related family but a wonderful village of people who have found their way into our family over the years. We usually get together the weekend before and share food, thanks and love.
Hi Kate, my favorite is making a pecan pie because my nephew loves them. He always gets to keep what’s left after everyone samples the pies we all bring for dessert. Love the cranberry creations family brings too.
I love Thanksgiving. Just being with family when I can. We are so scattered and have so many extended family members that it’s difficult to do. We go around at the table and tell what we are thankful for and that’s always very meaningful!!
For a unique family tradition, we like to add some component of lobster to every Thanksgiving meal in addition to turkey!
My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is being with my family! Love playing games (watching my Grandma cheat and get away with it) and eating anything pumpkin!!!! I do miss stuffing. Need to learn how to make it low Fodmap. So blessed!
Im new to the U.S so have no Thanksgiving tradition but cant wait to experience my first! We dont know many people here but are hoping to find a traditional meal somewhere 🙂
One of my favorite traditions is making mashed potatoes by hand with my 10 year old grandson. He wanted to do this several years ago and the tradition continues. It’s our special time together before the big meal.
I love Superseedz! Glad to see they are a part of the giveaway. My Thanksgiving tradition is decorating for Christmas beginning on the evening of Thanksgiving. It is a fun way to start off the Holidays.
I love to get the Christmas holiday decorating the day after Thanksgiving…so I am right there with you!
I remember when I was little, my favorite tradition was putting olives on all of my fingertips before eating them. I looked forward to it every year because my parents never got them for me (I was the only child that would eat them). I think my fingers are too big for that trick now.
Watching the Macy’s parade and football are almost as important to my Thanksgiving as turkey dinner.
We have already celebrated Thanksgiving in Canada (October 10) -as usual had a wonderful meal with turkey and all the trimmings – love to take advantage of freshly harvested root vegetables (sweet potato, rutabaga, carrots, potatoes) and always pumpkin pie for dessert. It is always an extended family gathering, often traveling to my in-laws farm where they are still busy with harvest.
My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is making a stuffed ham. It is a Southern Maryland tradition!
I love Thanksgiving! A four-day weekend, lots of turkey, football, the parade…it’s a relaxing time!
Cloverleaf rolls from a rich family recipe (eggs, milk, butter) are a tradition at every holiday meal. And because I reintroduced white wheat flour successfully I can still enjoy them, well one of them.
My favorite part of Thanksgiving is truly having the extra days set aside from our busy family schedule to rest, relax and truly enjoy each other!
Being with family!!!
taking time to reflect on what I am truly grateful for. And watching the parade on tv!
I love when my boys come home from college for the holidays, our house becomes a home again. We all enjoy hanging out by the fire and just spending time together.
I cannot find a list of ingredients for Trueself Snack Bars, and I am wary of the generic label “FODMAP Friendly,” having been disappointed in the past. I’ve visited the Trueself Web site, and have not found it there, so I sent a message. Can you help?
Here is the link to the ingredients, Marilyn–these bars have been tested for FODMAP content. https://shop.trueselffoods.com/collections/bars/products/pumpkin-spice
My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is making cranberry sauce from scratch! It tastes so good and we don’t really eat it any other time of year.
Getting together with my children and their families is so wonderful.
All the favorite foods, like turkey and the vegetables, are the whipped cream on the Thanksgiving pumpkin pie!
When I was growing up, my folks and I sometimes made handmade pasta and a hearty sauce (either bolognese or paglia e fieno) instead of the standard American fare. That was back when my tummy could handle all those FODMAPS but I dream of doing a me-friendly version of these recipes nowadays 🙂
I have a question. Have you ever researched cough drops for FODMAP? The simplest one I can find is Olba’s from Whole Foods, but it contains eucalyptus oil and isomalt. Are they OK?
My favorite tradition is spending time in my hometown with family. Every year, my dad smokes a turkey. He begins smoking it in the backyard the night before thanksgiving, so everything smells amazing. The smell of a smoked turkey, mixed in with fallen leaves, persimmon trees, and a fire pit are my favorite thanksgiving tradition.
Thanks for everything you do! I have learned so much from your posts. My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is helping my mother make her famous cornbread stuffing which is now GF. I was happy to see that FODMAP friendly salsa will soon be available. Have you ever come across commercial bone broth made without onion and garlic?
I can’t remember the brand name because I’ve used the package and thrown the box away, but I found some at Sprouts Market in southern California. Sprouts is now in 13 states and growing so maybe there’s one near you!
We don’t celebrate thanks giving being in the UK but a walk as a family appreciating the autumnal colours is our perfect way to spend such time.
Thanksgiving is the best. My favorite thing about it is getting to see family and the beautiful fall colors. This is my first FODMAP Thanksgiving so I’m hoping it goes great. FODMAP is the best! I love feeling healthy rather than terrible after eating food!
Good food and great company, Thanksgiving dinner is one of my favorite family gatherings – turkey, corn bread, and homemade cranberry sauce. Yummmm!
Driving with our (now adult) children to my in-laws’ house through rice fields full of ducks and geese, stopping to wind down the windows to listen to the wonderful cacophony! Drove there alone last week, stopped to record the sounds and send a memory via text!
My siblings and I always have pizza together the night of Thanksgiving. Since not everyone can get together for lunch because of different extended family commitments, it’s a way we all still get to celebrate together!
Our favorite Thanksgiving tradition is sitting in front of the fireplace to eat a picnic style breakfast, and watch the Thanksgiving parade. It’s such a special day to appreciate time with your family!
I love the thanksgiving for being conscience of what you are great full for. Such a beautiful tradition. And I love all the fall flavors.
Alleigh (@ A Glass After Work)
I love Thanksgiving for so many different reasons…I think my favorite tradition is one that my husband and I started about 6 years ago, which is getting up in the morning to run a Turkey Trot 5k and the proceeds from the race go to a local organization that feeds homeless families a Thanksgiving Dinner. It allows us to spend time together, be healthy before visiting his family and enjoying our feast, and help others who aren’t as fortunate…everything I think Thanksgiving should be.
Fantastic traditions, Alleigh!
Taking a holiday from cooking and enjoying good food and wine at a nice eating establishment! Share the day with others and give back.
My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is that my family does a non-tradition Thanksgiving! We always travel to other countries and spend time as a family, enjoying the local food.
My favorite tradition is getting together with family and before digging in to eat, we go around and one by one day what we are thankful for. It allows us to reflect and be grateful for what we have and put the focus on things other than ourselves!
My favorite tradition is making birthday pumpkin pie for my oldest son. His birth was very traumatic and we both almost didn’t make it. His birthday is right around and sometimes even ON Thanksgiving Day. Pumpkin pie is his and my favorite dessert and it’s a special moment of candle-lighting thankfulness that he and I always look forward to and now we’re teaching my 4 year-old granddaughter the same tradition!
Hi Jennifer, thanks for sharing your story. I also, had a difficult pregnancy with my second child–where we both had life threatening complications. It certainly does make you realize that life is fragile and fosters gratefulness for life’s gifts.
I love being able to join everyone in this tradition celebrated in all homes across the nation!
Food related- I am so lucky to have family who is supportive of my GI issues and always has low fodmap options and is open to trying new ones from me!
Hi Regina, you bring up such an key point…support from friends and family is so important. Glad you have family that understand that your diet can impact your symptoms and quality of life.
Still enjoy your pumpkin spice bars for breakfast – a recipe that you shared last year. And thanksgiving is my favorite holiday- just family and food and no shopping for presents!
We have a dedicated “Thanksgiving Journal” that all are invited to write reflections in each year. In 2007 it saw the passing of our patriarch, my dad, yet I am so glad we have some of his thoughts penned in his hand in that journal as a family legacy. It also has scribbles and childish notes of all the youngsters, some of which are now independent, employed, college graduates. Kate, your blog and information on IBS and fodmaps have really helped us with our college daughters’ tummy troubles. She would be a perfect recipient of backpack/ busy student on the run treats like these!
Love the idea of a Thanksgiving journal. It is fun to capture those memories in writing! I am so glad my blog has helped your daughter, June. That is my mission.
Im not american but still love this holiday. Every time I visit the USA I love the fact you embrace everything autumnal! I’ve been lucky enough to see the parade in New York and love it!
Wish we had a celebration before christmas to look forward too
Love this stash and its all fodmap!
Good to hear from you, Gemma! The Macy’s Day parade is a fun American tradition. The big balloons are my favorite. My daughter lived in the NYC while in college, so I have been fortunate to enjoy the parade on multiple visits.
Where can I buy Simply Gum?
Hi, I often make the gumdrop/corn candy/raisin, etc, “candy turkeys” my 10th grade cooking class teacher taught us (it’s been about 40+ years since I was in that class!) and they sit in front of each place setting and are always a conversation starter, especially when someone new at the table sees them! If we aren’t home and are at someone else’s house, I make them to bring along as well. After dinner people have a tendency to want to make other animal figures out of them, so I’ve seen my miniature “masterpieces” disassembled and turned into horses, dogs, cats, etc. I just wish I could tell my high school teacher that her candy turkeys are still being made because of her original creativity.
Love that, Jerilyn! What a fun and creative tradition.
Our favorite tradition is simply to get together at my mother-in-law’s to celebrate. She’s finally started to allow us all to bring side dishes! It’s a fun relaxed day.
I am a 79 year old low Fodmaper!! Thank you for ALL you do to inspire us1
Thanksgiving is our most favorite holiday……..I have fond memories of growing up cooking with my Mama……..been cooking ever since. I’ve converted her recipes & my Grandmama’s to low Fodmap. I’m looking forward to the Pumpkin Crumb cake…..my family loves pumpkin…..so do I.
The giveaways sound great. I would love to try them.
My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is being with my family !
I love the tradition of getting the family all together for a big dinner. Afterward, most of the men fall asleep in front of the TV while watching football. I enjoy spending time with my mom and other family members until everyone goes home for the night.
I love sitting around the table with all my family and loved ones, especially how the kids (both little and big) LOVE mashed potatoes and gravy!
I love cranberry relish madecwith oranges and walnuts. Pre FODMAP days I also added raisins. I love it!
I love all things about Thanksgiving! Family, the food!
My favorite tradition was opening our family home to international students. My dad is a horticulture professor and many of his students were international, so Thanksgiving became an annual celebration of both American culinary customs and international ones through guests’ dishes. Now that I live far away, I’m usually the guest and bring my own (low FODMAP) dishes to share!
How nice of your family to invite students to your Thanksgiving meal! 🙂
Cooking up a storm to feed family and friends after a brisk walk in the cool autumn air and enjoying cottage country
Sounds perfect, Helen!
I love this time of year. I still fix a huge meal even if it’s just the 3 of us. I can’t eat all of it but I love watching my family enjoy all the dozens. I have changed a few things up to benefit my gut issues.
Favorite tradition is gathering with family in the evening for dessert. Then reading through the print ads to make a plan for our black Friday shopping.
I had a baby on Thanksgiving 18 years ago. I love making gravy, gluten free, and cornbread stuffing!
I like making fresh cranberry relish in the blender with cranberries, a whole orange and sugar. It’s so easy!
Before having to eat low FODMAP and gluten-free, I liked being able to eat at a favorite restaurant for Thanksgiving, but that’s no longer an option. Very few restaurants in our part of the country understand “gluten-free”. My husband, and the rest of our spread-out family, love our daughter’s traditional sausage dressing. Just to keep the tradition going, I’ll make it for him, but I’ll also make a gluten-free, low FODMAP version for me.
My favorite part of Thanksgiving is spending time with my family, now that we all live in different places. Also, my sister and I have started a tradition of trying new recipes that are based on the “classic” Thanksgiving dishes. For example we now make a quinoa, squash & cranberry salad.
That sounds yummy! What squash did you use?
Cooking with my family, going to the beach, and playing board games after dinner.
Growing up, my family spent Thanksgiving at North Myrtle Beach. To this day, November is one of my favorite times of the year to be at the beach. We also went to a restaurant for the traditional Thanksgiving meal instead of cooking at home. That way, no one was stressed to spend the whole day in the kitchen and everyone can nap after the meal instead of cleaning!
My family has a really excellent pumpkin pie recipe from my great grandma. I haven’t been able to spend the last few Thanksgivings with my family, but I do bring that pie with me to friends’ houses.
I love the fall. It is hard for me to choose a tradition. However I think that I like making soups using the fall vegetables.
We wake up early and go on a long ski tour or bike ride, before we come home and prep a feast. I love trying non traditional recipes!
Friendsgiving is my favorite. Started the tradition in college. Good food, good friends and family, good conversation. Who could ask for more? I generally cook the turkey and stuffing and the rest is potluck. FODMAP-friendly stuffing will be on the menu this year for sure.
My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is actually waking up and either going for a hike or a long walk with my loved ones. Then, we usually spend the rest of the day cooking, eating and watching Christmas movies. It’s the best!
Favorite Thanksgiving recipe = I love cinnamon and maple whipped sweet potatoes with coconut whipped cream!
We write what we are thankful for with a sharpie on our own “mini” pumpkins during the entire month of November!
My mom liked to serve handmade crescent tolls, right from the oven. We lightly burn a pan of rolls every year in honor of my Mom, who always forgot that one last pan was still cooking when we gathered around the table.
I love making desserts with my mom. Even if I can’t always eat them, I love baking apple pie, pumpkin pie, little cakes and treats with her.
I love all the traditional Thanksgiving food (especially turkey and cranberry sauce), but having leftovers is especially nice as it lets the cook rest for a day or so!
My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is cooking with my mom. I’ve been helping her since I was a kid. The meals have changed over the years as my diet as gotten more strict, but she always makes sure I can eat everything that’s on the table. Those maple-flavored items look great! Maple is probably one of my favorite flavors. It’s really good on sweet potatoes!
Looking forward to low FODMAP recipes to share with rest of family so I can share in fun food around the table.
This thanksgiving, everything on the dinner table, well most, will be low fodmap. I even an training and teaching my kids the importance of low fodmap food to our diet, health and digestion. I suffer from ibs and discovering the fodmap diet has helped me. Your page is easily understood, with great information and the comment section by far is my favorite!
Pumpkin soup is my fav Thanksgiving tradition! So yummy !
Pumpkin soup is my favorite thanksgiving tradition!
My favorite newer tradition is doing a local 5K on Thanksgiving morning. I don’t mind taking seconds when I know I have burned off a few calories in the morning. 😉
Fall is my favorite. I love pumpkin pie. Thank you for this wonderful website and the information that you provide.
Love thanksgiving! Stared a new tradition last year of going for a mountain bike ride before dinner to work up that appetite!
Thanksgiving is our favorite holiday! I’m like a kid – watching the parades on TV in my jammies is my favorite tradition (and I won’t tell you how old I am!). Of course, that is followed by a good workout so all of the calories from dinner can be burned! This is my 2nd year on the low FODMAP regimen which has worked fairly well for me. Friends and family are SO great! Always trying to accommodate me and I’m so appreciative of their concern. A nice time to tell them how thankful I am for all of them in my life.
Make sure you do the re-introduction FODMAP challenges, April –so you don’t stay on full elimination diet long term
I already won one of your contests this week, but, trying again 🙂 making turkey soup with the leftover turkey with my mom (without the onion & celery this year!)
Years ago my sister in law “claimed” this holiday and refuses to let anyone else host. Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday and reminds me so much of growing up feasting on my mom’s delicious cooking and sharing a table with my parents and my sisters, all of us just thankful to be together. It was a tradition I wanted to recreate with my own children but sadly, have not been able to. So….I made a different tradition. We wake up early, light a fire (no matter the weather!), watch the Macy’s parade all cuddled together in our family room in our pajamas while reading the paper, eating a huge (and with the onset of IBS this past year, now FODMAP friendly) brunch. And btw, thank you for so many great recipes Kate! We all linger through the National Dog show and then slowly get showered and dressed and make our way through at least 1 1/2 hours of traffic to celebrate with the rest of the family at my sister in laws! My children are now both adults and they still love this very special way of being thankful to be together.
My family is spread coast-to-coast and I love them all. Still one cannot be in more than one place at once. Wherever I spend the day, I like to make my mother’s sage dressing and tell the stories to the child and grandkids of her preparation for the gathering of family and friends. My wish is to create a new memory whichever I am and get photos of the time together to share with their siblings and the other children. Time spent with my long distance loves can be the dessert of the Thanksgiving day.
Favorite Thanksgiving tradition is simply being thankful for home, family and friends.
We run a 5K through our neighborhood with friends the morning of Thanksgiving, then have playtime and visiting back at the house before all heading to our own homes to start the food prep. It’s the perfect start to the day!
Holly St. Pierre
My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is to make cranberry sauce from scratch. It is fun to hear the cranberries pop(!) as they are cooking. I love their tart flavor and the beautiful rich color!
I love our tradition of getting together with our families on thanksgiving. The mn Vikings are also playing that morning so that’s a treat! Thanks for the great giveaway!!!!
Love making cinnamon rolls for a breakfast treat for our 3 kids, catching the end of the Macy’s Day Parade, watching our 16 year-old son still make his small homemade Thanksgiving cards to give to family (hoping he still does it this year!), making pecan pies to take to grandma and grandpa’s, a cocktail toast with my mom and sister, and taking turns around the dinner table saying what we all are thankful for…truly a blessed holiday!
We like to go for a walk in the woods and see the fall colours (yes, colours with a “u” for Canadian Thanksgiving which is in October).
WHOA. I had no idea they made lowfodmap bars! It’s so hard to find good travel snack bars, let’s be honest, it’s darn near impossible..
Thanksgiving always had a special place in my heart because it was one of two times a year I got to see my moms side of the family, which included my six cousins so it was always constant barn playing, tree climbing, trampoline jumping, full out adventures. It also always involved my oldest cousin and I fighting over the run of cool whip hahah. I still look forward to it every year! Thank you for bringing up all these wonderful memories.
Nice memories…thanks for sharing. I am the youngest of nine children—so appreciate the fun when there are many kids around!
My son was born on Thanksgiving 1970. When he was grown, on the day he bought his first house, he announced he would be hosting Thanksgiving every year and he has. We have celebrated with family and friends in four different houses. His current home is on the shores of Oneida Lake. It’s a gorgeous place to gather and feast. I usually contribute pies but last year there were so many, I believe squash or sweet potatoes is what I’ll be making this year.
What a fun giveaway! My favorite thanksgiving tradition is going around the table and saying what everyone is thankful for 🙂
MIkaela, small amounts of canned pumpkin is low FODMAP–up to 1/4 cup per serving is ‘green lighted’ in the Monash U low FODMAP app. I kept the amount per serving–under the limit!
For Thanksgiving, my mom and I would get up early and cook all day. Then we’d have all our relatives over for a great feast. After eating we would each say something we were thankful for in the last year, and then we would sing Thanksgiving hymns for a good while. Many great memories!
My favorite tradition is watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and then spending time with my family all day!
I just moved so my holiday traditions are all going to be remade into something new.
I love the fall and Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday! When I got married, I switched to my mother-in-law’s stuffing recipe which includes sage – one herb I didn’t like. I love it now! The challenge this year is to make stuffing without gluten and onions that will still taste like my mother-in-law’s! Wish me luck!
I love lighting scented candles and relaxing with a cup of hot tea with my family after the craziness of a big family Thanksgiving dinner. It’s this family time that I treasure most during the holidays. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
Hi Cathy, I too, love lighting candles and relaxing in the evening–especially after a long day. Helps me settle down and chill out. 🙂
My favorite tradition is getting together with family and going around the table having everyone saying what they are thankful for.
For the last several years I’ve been sharing Thanksgiving with my daughter and her husband’s family. Vicki sets a beautiful table and dinner is a mixture of English, Northern, and Southern traditional foods. This year will be a little different as she also is following the Lowfodmap plan. (I shared your book and blog with her!) The best part is the love and laughter of family!
Each Thanksgiving since getting married my husband and I have smoked turkey legs instead of roasting a whole turkey. It’s caveman-style, and love our messy, quirky tradition. (Bonus: Because we buy and break down a whole turkey to get the legs, we have loads of leftover meat in different portions, and make quarts and quarts of homemade turkey stock!)
Love this idea!! Nothing like smoked turkey legs…perfection!
My favorite part of Thanksgiving is eating turnip. Yes, turnip….. For some reason we don’t eat it any other time of year and almost everyone who comes to dinner loves it! Because our grown children have extended families, we don’t get to see them all at dinnertime. But…they come later in the day for leftovers! It works out great because my husband and I get to enjoy each family, one at a time.
My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is the gathering at my mom’s house with family I might see once a year. It’s the only time we’re all together usually, so it’s special. My daughter and I help my mom cook, and get everything ready. As the years have passed, I’ve come to value this gathering more and more.
We’ve already had Thanksgiving here in Canada! My favourite tradition is coming together with my family to share a meal, and how my mother, who does the cooking, always checks in with me to see what I can and can’t eat (I have IBS, was vegan for a while, have explored a number of different dietary solutions) and accommodates her meal plan to include me! It’s so sweet.
So happy to see more options for low- fodmappers. I started this journey over a year and a half ago. It was not easy but now it is a way of life and the benefits out weigh the hassles 🙂
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