10 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes for Your Turkey Day Dinner
Thanksgiving is the holiday known for indulgence. So much so, that the average American eats 3,000 calories at Thanksgiving dinner alone. The good news is: you can indulge and enjoy healthy options at the same time.
Browse these 10 healthy Thanksgiving recipes ahead of dinner this year. If you’re the one hosting, you’ll be able to cater to all dietary needs while giving a meal to remember. If you’re attending dinner elsewhere, you can bring one or two healthy options for everyone else to enjoy too.
Pumpkin Oatmeal Pancakes
You can’t forget about breakfast on Thanksgiving day, which is the perfect opportunity to try a fun, new fall recipe like this one. These pancakes are made with whole wheat flour, rolled oats, coconut milk and pumpkin spice, along with a serving of Healthy Height Shake Mix. This means they’re both festive and filling so everyone will stay just the right amount of full as you cook Thanksgiving dinner together.
Creamy Cauliflower Dip
The best part of eating healthy in the winter is digging into seasonal produce—and finding new ways to prepare your favorites. With this recipe, you’ll turn cauliflower into a creamy dip that everyone can enjoy with fresh slices of bread, your favorite crackers or even chips. With greek yogurt as a key ingredient, you can be sure your family is getting healthy fats and some protein too.
Mashed Sweet Potatoes With Coconut Milk
This super simple recipe calls for just five ingredients: sweet potato, coconut milk, cinnamon and salt and pepper to taste. The trouble with traditional mashed potatoes is their reliance on dairy-based ingredients like heavy whipping cream and butter. Side step that this year, and cater to dairy intolerances in the family at the same time—all without losing that indulgent creamy texture.
Lemony Green Beans
Everyone needs a light Thanksgiving recipe to balance out the buttery potatoes and gravy. This is the perfect dish for lightening the load and adding some green to everyone’s plate. Cooked in less than six minutes, all you need is olive oil, lemon and toasted slivered almonds (optional) as a topping. On a busy day of food prep, this dish is a blessing in more ways than one.
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Balsamic Glazed Chickpeas and Mustard Greens
Everyone will love this crunchy side dish in a sea of creamy options. The best part is, it’s inexpensive to make. Many of the ingredients may already be in your pantry—balsamic, honey, soy sauce, garlic. All you need to buy is onion, mustard greens and one can of chickpeas to put together this starring dish.
Cranberry Orange Sauce
If you have a soft spot for the canned cranberry sauce, serve this as a healthy and tasty alternative. The recipe creator tried this year for Thanksgiving and her family fell in love. She said:
“This homemade cranberry sauce is far from gloppy and is just sweet enough! At Thanksgiving dinner, everyone pretty much freaked out at how good it was and they all swore to never buy canned cranberry sauce again. My aunt even went and bought more cranberries the day after Thanksgiving so we could make more.”
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Green Beans with Cranberries, Bacon and Goat Cheese
If you love green beans, but don’t want to make the traditional casserole, this is the perfect substitute. Few flavors say fall feast like cranberries and the goat cheese will add that delectable flavor and texture that makes everyone happy—without upsetting any lactose-sensitive tummies.
Harvest Maple Carrots and Apples
Mix sweet and savory in this simple side dish that’s as festive as it is easy to make. All you have to do is prep the carrots and apples, toss them with herbs, maple syrup and orange juice and put them in to bake while you focus on other important dishes. Once sliced, you can leave the prep for this healthy Thanksgiving dish to your little kitchen helpers too.
Cardamom Apple-Pear Sauce
This is the perfect healthy dessert option to serve alongside your favorite pies. Lisa Huff, the recipe creator, even enjoys a this tasty homemade treat topped with whipped cream, which you’ll probably have plenty of! The recipe makes about 6 cups, so you may even be able to save some for enjoying with next-day leftovers.
Grain-Free Pumpkin Pie
If you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner, you have to provide options for all dietary needs—not to mention, low-sugar, grain-free, dairy-free options are almost always healthier for everyone. That’s why this pumpkin pie is the perfect dessert for your dinner table. Thanks the healthy lineup of ingredients, including pecans, maple syrup, and almond flour, everyone will finish feeling satisfied.