Everybody loves Thanksgiving. All about spending time with family and good food, Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday for many. However, for those that are dieting or looking to eat healthy, Thanksgiving can be tough. Filled with calorie-dense, fat-filled foods, Thanksgiving dinner can be a nightmare. If you or one of your guests feels that way, or if you are looking to add a healthy kick to Thanksgiving dinner, make some of these dishes for a better meal.
1. Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Every Thanksgiving dinner needs mashed potatoes. However, laden with fatty additives, there is a healthier alternative to try. Sweet potatoes have less starch and are more nutrient dense than other potatoes. They also whip up beautifully to create sweet, creamy mashed potatoes perfect for the Thanksgiving table.
2. Honey Glazed Carrots
During Thanksgiving, we tend to get caught up in turkey, cranberry sauce, and stuffing. While these are delicious seasonal treats, adding a few minimally processed vegetables to your meal is a great way to increase the overall nutrient value. It also gives guests on a diet a lower-calorie option. Honey-glazed carrots are the perfect vegetable dish. Sweet-tasting and perfectly flavored for the season, they are a great addition to the table. Glazed carrots are also super easy to make.
3. Healthy stuffing
Stuffing is a Thanksgiving staple, and no dinner is complete without it. However, high in calories, fats, and carbohydrates, this popular dish can set some guests back on their eating goals. Trying a healthy stuffing recipe this year is a great way to ensure everyone can enjoy this classic dish. A cauliflower, rice, and sausage stuffing recipe are a tasty low-carb option.
4. Pumpkin Pie Bars
No Thanksgiving is complete without dessert. While the traditional thanksgiving treats are calorie-dense and high-sugar, there are great alternatives that pack the same flavor in a healthy package. Pumpkin pie bars taste just like pumpkin pie but are paleo, gluten-free, and dairy-free, making them perfect for guests with intolerances to certain foods.
You can make Thanksgiving dinner tasty and healthy with a little creativity. We hope you give one of these dishes a try to add a healthy alternative to your table.
What’s your favorite dish at Thanksgiving? Let us know in the comments below.