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9 Healthier Thanksgiving Essentials To Add To Your Grocery List

Stock up on these Giada-approved pantry essentials for a better-for-you Thanksgiving meal. 

When it comes to the biggest meal of the year, we're all about keeping our ingredients "clean" and healthy without sacrificing flavor. With a grocery list a mile long and new fall recipes galore, it can be tricky (and a tad time-consuming!) to know which products are truly better for you. Lucky for us, Thrive Market has all of our pantry go-to's for Thanksgiving, and all year round.
Our #1 tip for avoiding any last-minute cooking issues on Turkey Day? Have a stocked pantry! Extra chicken broth for rescuing scorched gravy or dry turkey, parchment paper to ensure all of your desserts lift off the pan with ease, fresh baking powder to replace the expired can in the cupboard - just for starters! Thrive Market has proven to have such an expansive array of clean grocery products, we turned to them to get our pantries ready to roll for Thanksgiving.
From unsung heroes like great quality brown rice and walnuts, to Turkey Day superstars like organic canned pumpkin, these are the Thanksgiving essentials we can't do without this year.

1. Unbleached Parchment Paper, $4.99

Parchment paper will save you when it comes to making all cookies and cakes! Without it, you run the risk of things sticking to the pan - and that's the last thing we need to worry about during the holidays.
Use for: Limoncello Cake, Vegas Chocolate Chip Cookies, & Lemon Ricotta Cookies

2. Pacific Foods Organic Free Range Chicken Broth, $2.99

Chicken broth is the backbone of holiday cooking. You'll need it for everything from gravy to stuffing and everything in between - so stock up on it! We think Pacific Foods makes one of the very best boxed versions you can buy, and getting it in bulk from Thrive Market is the way to go.
Use for: Crispy Truffled Turkey & Raffy's Sausage and Chestnut Stuffing

3. Pamela's Baking Powder, $2.79

Did you know that baking powder loses its effectiveness after about 9 months? Consider this your reminder to replace your old stuff in the cabinet for the fluffiest cakes, biscuits and cornbread this season... and why not get an upgrade while you're at it? This baking powder is free of aluminum and all grains, making it a great pick for gluten-free baking too.
Use it for: Nonna's Lemon Almond Ricotta Muffins, Chocolate Orange Bundt Cake, & Gluten-Free Pear and Caramel Cake

4. Colorkitchen Food Coloring Combo, $5.80

Keep your baked goods au naturale this season by ditching the artificial dyes - these food color packets get their vibrant hues from spirulina, turmeric and beet powder!
Use it for: Pinata Cupcakes!

5. Thrive Market Organic Pumpkin, $1.49

This isn't your average can of pureed pumpkin. It all starts off at a sustainable farm with vine-ripened pumpkins, and you really can taste the difference.
Use it for: Pumpkin Persimmon Pie, Pumpkin Cheesecake Souffle, Pumpkin Lasagna Rolls

6. Thrive Market Organic Walnut Halves & Pieces, $17.99

If ever there was a quintessential nut of the holidays, we're deciding that it would be the humble walnut! We use walnuts for tons of Giada's recipes, so we always make sure to have a big bag on hand in the pantry - and these fully organic ones from Thrive are the way to go.
Use it for: Chocolate Caramel Crunch Pie, Fusilli with Ricotta and Walnuts, Shaved Vegetable Salad with Goat Cheese Vinaigrette

7. Thrive Market Organic Raw Unstrained Honey, $11.99

We go through a ton of honey during the holidays, and Thrive Market has the best deal on some seriously good honey. This raw, unfiltered honey has loads of health benefits along with a great depth of flavor.
Use it for: Honey Ricotta Cheesecake, Bruschetta with Gorgonzola and Honey & Giada's Buttermilk Cornbread

8. Lundberg Family Farms Organic Short Grain Brown Rice, $3.99

A staple all-year round, brown rice makes a big appearance on our holiday tables, from hearty grain salads to stuffing and everything in between.
Use it for: Dijon Maple Brown Rice Salad & Wild Rice Stuffing

9. Gluten-Free Cornbread & Muffin Mix, $4.29

According to Giada, cornbread is the cornerstone of the Thanksgiving meal - and with this super clean gluten-free mix, now everyone can get in on the cornbread party.
Use it for: Scallion and Mozzarella Cornbread & Garlic and Sundried Tomato Corn Muffins
This post was brought to you in partnership with Thrive Market.


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