14 Meat-Free Recipes for a Yummy Vegetarian Thanksgiving Dinner

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Okay, okay, it’s not always easy to be a vegetarian at Thanksgiving. But just because you’ve gone meatless doesn’t mean you have to subsist on dinner rolls. In fact with a little planning, vegetarians and vegans can whip up a darn yummy Turkey Day feast—just, you know, minus the turkey. Here are 14 meat-free recipes* for a seriously festive (and delicious!) holiday meal.

(*Note, not all recipes are vegan. Some include cheese and other dairy products, so plan accordingly.)

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Fall Sips: 8 Deliciously Seasonal Low-Cal Cocktails

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Cranapple Cobbler (92 cals)
via Shape.com

Made with a low-cal citrus liqueur and sugar-free cranberry and apple juices, this cocktail’s almost completely guilt-free.

Gingered Pear and Brandy Cocktail (111 cals)
via Cooking Light

The homemade ginger simple syrup is what makes this recipe a keeper. Make a batch ahead of time so you can just add the liquor, shake and serve.

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DIY: How to Make Your Own (Slightly Healthier) Halloween Candy

DIY: How to Make Your Own (Slightly Healthier) Halloween Candy | Be Well Philly

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The best thing about Halloween? Candy.

If you’re like me and can rarely turn down a Reese’s Cup or Almond Joy, you may be panic-stricken at the impending diet-doom of this 24-hour candy fest. To satisfy your sweet tooth (and put your mind at ease), try these recipes for better-for-you versions of popular Halloween candies made with ingredients you can actually pronounce.

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12 Days of Fit Gifts: Nike Elite Storm-Fit Tech Run Gloves

What: Nike Elite Storm-Fit Tech Run Glove.

Why it’s cool: This glove may be a mouthful, but that’s only because it does it all. Not only is it water resistant, super warm and ventilated, it also has an adjustable cuff to block out the cold. The gloves are touchscreen compatible, too, and have a key pocket for storage. The reflective details boost visibility in low-light conditions. Check, check, check and check.

Who it’s for: Runners, of course, but these gloves are so versatile, we think anyone on your list will love ‘em.

Cost: $35 at Philadelphia Runner; locations in Center City, University City and Glen Mills.

>> Through December 18th, we’re rolling out our best buys for fitness gifts! Check back every day for new gift ideas for everyone on your list. To see them all in one place, head to the archive.

12 Days of Fit Gifts: Lululemon’s Daily Om Duffel

What: Daily Om Duffel Bag

Why it’s cool: This is the perfect bag for on-the-go yogis. There are removable external straps for your yoga mat, plus it’s big enough for your daily swag and purse items but compact enough for you to travel with ease. There’s a chic and sleek cross-body, hands-free option, too.

Who it’s for: Yogis with space issues.

Cost: $128 at Lululemon; stores in Philadelphia, King of Prussia, Wayne and Ardmore.

>> Through December 18th, we’re rolling out our best buys for fitness gifts! Check back every day for new gift ideas for everyone on your list. To see them all in one place, head to the archive.

12 Days of Fit Gifts: Premium Steap’s Clean and Green Tea Gift Set

What: Clean & Green Gift Set (organic tea included!)

Why it’s cool: The set includes an eight-ounce, double-walled glass thermos with a bamboo lid; a white ceramic canister with bamboo top for tea storage; and two ounces of tea, your choice from Premium Steap’s extensive collection. Don’t underestimate the eye-candy factor of this gift—the clear glass thermos is absolutely beautiful. And it’s functional, too: it has removable stainless steel tea strainer, keeps beverages hot or cold for longer, and is comfortable to the touch.

Who it’s for: Have a coffee addict in your life? Give him a gentle nudge toward the green-tea train, which has shown promise in fighting cancer and heart disease, among other health benefits.

Cost: $48 at Premium Steap, 111 South 18th Street, Philadelphia.

>> Through December 18th, we’re rolling out our best buys for fitness gifts! Check back every day for new gift ideas for everyone on your list. To see them all in one place, head to the archive.

12 Days of Fit Gifts: Garmin Forerunner 10

What: Garmin Forerunner 10

Why it’s cool: Garmin’s newest GPS watch, the Forerunner 10, is a hot item this holiday season. Why? Because it’s a great bargain in the running-watch world at just over $100. The Forerunner 10 is tailor made for beginner runners, as it’s extremely simple to use and much smaller than previous Garmin watches. Basic features include pace, total distance, and calorie burn, and the watch carries a water resistance up of up to 50 meters. Bonus: these watches come in cool colors, too.

Who it’s for: Know anyone who’s downloaded the Couch-to-5K app recently? There’s your lucky Forerunner 10 recipient.

Cost: $129 at Philadelphia Runner, 1601 Sansom Streem, Philadelphia.

>> Through December 18th, we’re rolling out our best buys for fitness gifts! Check back every day for new gift ideas for everyone on your list. To see them all in one place, head to the archive.

12 Days of Fit Gifts: Pure Sweets Macaroon Gift Box

What: PS Macaroon Kit

Cost: $25

Why it’s cool: Not only are these Philly-made macaroons melt-in-your-mouth delicious (especially when right out of the oven), they’re also made from organic, gluten-free, vegan and kosher batter—suitable for even the strictest of diets. You can gift the kit as-is, or make the macaroons and give the cookies; you can go ahead and say they’re homemade—we won’t tell. Each kit contains a Weck jar filled with batter, toppings, and instructions for making 21 mini macaroons. There’s also a dry-mix option for those who prefer to use their sweetener of choice.

Who it’s for: Office Secret Santa, perhaps?

Where to get it: Order on PureSweets.com for delivery or pick up at the Pure Sweets kitchen, 3580 Indian Queen Lane, Philadelphia.

>> For the next 12 days, we’re rolling out our best buys for fitness gifts! Check back every day through December 18th for gift ideas for everyone on your list. To see them all in one place, head to the archive.

To Do: New Year’s Commitment Day at Fairmount Park

Rather than coming up with vague resolutions like “go to the gym” or “eat healthy” this New Year, make a commitment to a healthier lifestyle with thousands of others.

The first day of 2013 will be one to remember; in many cities, including Philadelphia, people will gather at MLK Drive near the Art Museum to run (or walk, stroll, skip, whatever!) a 5K to kick-start 2013 and join the Commitment Day movement to pledge to have a healthy year. Everyone is eligible to receive a free training plan from Life Time Run prior to January 1st. Plans are available in beginner, intermediate and advanced runners. Life Time Run coaches will also be available to support you. Go here to request your free training manual. For more info on how to get involved, head here.

$39, January 1st, registration at 9 a.m., race at 11, Martin Luther King Jr. Drive near the Art Museum, Philadelphia.

>> Have a health or fitness event you’d like to share with Be Well Philly readers? Email eleaman@phillymag.com with details.

12 Days of Fit Gifts: Smashing Pumpkin Facial at Moko

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What: Gift card for Moko’s Smashing Pumpkin Mask

Why it’s cool: I think we can all agree that any recipe featuring pumpkin is going to be awesome, but there’s more to this festive squash than meets the eye … or tongue. Pumpkins are also chock-full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and natural exfoliants that are great for your skin during the dry, cold winter. Moko’s Smashing Pumpkin Mask is made entirely of locally-sourced, organic, gluten-free ingredients. The service includes a warm skin cleanse and hand massage with warm jojoba oil, making it the perfect restorative and relaxing gift.

Who it’s for: Ladies and gents who love a little pampering.

Cost: $65 at Moko Organic Beauty Studio, 55 North Third Street, Philadelphia.

>> For 12 days this December, we’re rolling out our best buys for fitness gifts! Check back every day through December 18th for gift ideas for everyone on your list. To see them all in one place, head to the archive.

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