9 Healthier Thanksgiving Recipes So Good, You Won’t Miss the Old Ones

9 Healthier Thanksgiving Recipes So Good, You Won’t Miss the Old Ones

Thanksgiving has a bad reputation when it comes to health. But the reality is, many of the holiday’s favorite foods — turkey, sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberries — can be quite healthy when prepared the right way while still tasting great.

Healthier Thanksgiving Recipes

Here’s a round-up of healthier takes on holiday favorites to inspire your holiday menu planning.

Garlicky baked butternut squash from Oh She Glows.

This simple vegan delicious is the perfect antidote to the marshmallow-laden sweet potato casseroles of old.

Chicken and herb stuffing from Skinnytaste.

If it’s just not Thanksgiving without heaps of stuffing in your house, try this lightened-up take on the classic sausage recipe.


Brined turkey.

If you’ve ever wanted to brine your Thanksgiving turkey, check out this simple step-by-step tutorial from Stupid Easy Paleo.

Healthier green bean casserole from Gimme Some Oven.

This recipe uses fresh sautéed mushrooms and a homemade skinny alfredo sauce, rather than gummy store-bought cream of mushroom soup. What results: a fresher flavor with fewer calories and less fat.

Fall shredded Brussels sprouts salad from Iowa Girl Eats.

Shredding your Brussels keeps them crunchy and fresh, rather than the soft, squishy vegetables you might remember eating as a kid. Add in pear, cranberries, cheese and pecans, and you have a side dish everyone will love.

Crockpot cranberry apple stuffing from House of Yumm.

Free up your oven space, and make stuffing in the crockpot this year. This fresh fruity version is “perfectly moist” with less fat than typical recipes.

Clean eating pecan pie from The Gracious Pantry.

The traditional pecan pie recipe has staggering amounts of sugar, butter and corn syrup. This version uses simpler ingredients with modifications suggested to control the sweetness level — reducing the likelihood of sending your guests into a food coma immediately after dinner.


Apple cider cupcakes with salted caramel drizzle from Life with the Crusts Cut Off.

Switch up the traditional apple pie this year with these amazing cupcakes — complete with buttercream frosting and a salted caramel drizzle. So good!


Pumpkin crumb pancakes from Paleomg.

Make these the day after Thanksgiving to power your Black Friday shopping spree. This paleo recipe includes a delicious crumb topping for delectable texture — the perfect way to use up leftover pumpkin puree.


Happy eating! Tell us, what are your favorite healthier Thanksgiving recipes?

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