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These Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes include all your holiday faves. Enjoy the delicious flavours you crave without all the extra calories!

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  • Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Healthy Thanksgiving Appetizers
  • Thanksgiving Side Dishes
  • Healthy Turkey Recipes
  • Healthy Thanksgiving Desserts

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

The holiday season is full of delicious food and treats – but that doesn’t mean you have to go overboard and eat a bunch of unhealthy and calorie-heavy foods! There are plenty of ways you can still enjoy all of your favourite flavours without the post-dinner guilt.

Thanksgiving is one of those holidays where it can be difficult to eat healthy, but lucky for you, I rounded up some of my favourite healthy Thanksgiving recipes. They include everything from a classic turkey to mashed potatoes and even pumpkin pie! You can look forward to all the traditional holiday comfort foods you’re craving without a ton of fat or calories.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you stay healthy on Thanksgiving?

It can be hard to stay healthy during the holidays, but these healthy Thanksgiving side dishes are a great place to start. Instead of cutting out your favourite holiday foods, try a healthier spin on the classics – you'll still get to enjoy all of your favourite flavours, but with less calories.

What meat is healthier than turkey?

Turkey is actually a pretty healthy protein. It's a great source of lean protein, is high in vitamins and minerals, and is low in fat (without the skin). If you want to make your turkey dinner even healthier, opt for white meat without the skin.

What are the healthiest foods to eat on Thanksgiving?

The healthiest foods to eat on Thanksgiving are any foods that are low in fat and sodium, and high on nutrients (think lots of delicious vegetables).

Healthy Thanksgiving Appetizers

Pair any of these healthy appetizers with a holiday co*cktail or family-friendly Thanksgiving drinks. Don't fill up on them though, the best is yet to come!

Healthy Sweet Potato Skins via Pinch of Yum

These healthy sweet potato skins arestuffed with a creamy sweet potato shallot filling with spinach and chickpeas to bump up the yummy health factor and then topped with melty cheese and baked to sweet potato skin perfection.

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30 minutes minutes

This Asiago Brussels Sprouts & Kale Dip is a fall version of spinach dip and is super creamy with asiago, parmesan and cream cheese!

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Calories: 204.11kcal | Carbohydrates: 6.81g | Protein: 11.9g | Fat: 15.01g | Saturated Fat: 7.81g | Cholesterol: 46.15mg | Sodium: 583.38mg | Potassium: 303.7mg | Fiber: 1.46g | Sugar: 1.86g | Vitamin A: 2026.08IU | Vitamin C: 46.41mg | Calcium: 237mg | Iron: 1.14mg

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Carrot Ginger Soup via Skinny Taste

This healthy Carrot Ginger Soup is made with fresh carrots, a hint of fresh ginger and a touch of sour cream blended together until creamy, perfect for lunch or dinner. You can make it vegan or dairy-free by swapping the cream for coconut milk.

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Pumpkin Chutney Recipe via Eatwell101

This pumpkin chutney recipe is a perfect addition to any festive table for the holidays. Plus, a big jar of pumpkin chutney makes an amazing gift!

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Thanksgiving Side Dishes

These healthy Thanksgiving sides cover all of the bases. Make your faves, from healthy mashed potatoes to gluten free stuffing and dinner rolls, or healthy salads and veggies. Looking for even more ideas? See all of the best easy and healthy Thanksgiving side dish recipes!

50 minutes minutes

ThisSausage & Mushroom Stuffed Acorn Squash is going to become your new favourite Thanksgiving main – it’s the perfect comfort food!

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Calories: 547kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 1352mg | Potassium: 2395mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 3565IU | Vitamin C: 70mg | Calcium: 366mg | Iron: 6mg

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Instant Pot Butternut Squash Risotto

35 minutes minutes

This Instant Pot Butternut Squash Risotto is a delicious and flavourful take on fall risotto with crispy sage and butternut squash.

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Calories: 450kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 865mg | Potassium: 902mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 20389IU | Vitamin C: 49mg | Calcium: 414mg | Iron: 2mg

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Crispy Green Bean Fries

50 minutes minutes

These Crispy Green Bean Fries are a delicious and healthy way to satisfy your french fry cravings – make them in the Air Fryer or the oven!

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Calories: 145kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 330mg | Potassium: 192mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 783IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 204mg | Iron: 2mg

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Thanksgiving Paleo Gluten Free Stuffing

40 minutes minutes

This Thanksgiving Paleo Gluten Free Stuffing is a delicious healthy alternative made with a ton of veggies and packed with fall flavours!

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Calories: 322kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 407mg | Potassium: 498mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1300IU | Vitamin C: 107.3mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 2.3mg

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Fall Quinoa Salad with Pumpkin Vinaigrette via A Mind “Full” Mom

Made with roasted butternut squash, dried cranberries, quinoa, and a pumpkin vinaigrette, this plant-based Quinoa Salad is a show-stopper!

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Healthy Waldorf Salad Recipe via The Adventure Bite

This Healthy Waldorf Salad with cranberries and jicama is a bright and colorful twist on a classic that's perfect for the holidays!

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate via The View From Great Island

This Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pomegranate is a super easy fall and holiday side dish that will make Brussels sprouts lovers out of everyone at the table!

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Green Beans with Brown Butter and Toasted Almonds via A Cedar Spoon

This Green Beans with Brown Butter and Toasted Almonds Recipe is an easy, elegant and flavorful side dish that the whole family will love.

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Scalloped Sweet Potatoes {Paleo + Vegan} via Food Faith Fitness

These easy Scalloped Sweet Potatoes are SO creamy and flavorful, you’ll have a hard time believing they’re secretly healthy and paleo and vegan friendly!

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Mashed Cauliflower Recipe via The Cookie Rookie®

Mashed Cauliflowermay be healthier than mashed potatoes, but it tastes just as good! This healthy side dish misses out on all the calories while gaining all the flavour.

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Gluten-Free Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls via My Gluten Free Kitchen

These Gluten-Free Dinner Rolls taste just like grandma’s holiday rolls. Enjoy these gluten-free rolls at the holidays and year-round. You can make them dairy-free as well!

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Keto Low Carb Cranberry Sauce via Sugar Free Mom

This easy keto, low carb cranberry sauce has a hint of orange, and is perfectly sweet, but made without adding sugar and has just 5 ingredients!

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Healthy Turkey Recipes

When you want to keep things healthier for your holiday bird, white meat is always your best bet. It's lower in fat and calories than the dark meat. The crispy skin can be a danger zone, but if you really want some, indulge in a small piece and then walk it off after dinner.

The Juiciest Instant Pot Turkey Breast via Eating Instantly

This is the JUICIEST Instant Pot Turkey Breast, and you can make gravy from the drippings right in the same pot within 30 minutes.

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Instant Pot Turkey Breast Recipe via Crunchy Creamy Sweet

Thisjuicy Instant Pot Turkey Breast is cooked in the pressure cooker in just 35 minutes! It's the best way to save time preparing Thanksgiving dinner.

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Sriracha Lime Slow Cooker Turkey Tenderloin via Cupcakes & Kale Chips

This mouthwatering and juicySriracha Lime Slow Cooker Turkey Breast Tenderloinrecipe is an easy way to infuse bold flavors into a lean and protein-packed meal. And since it is cooked in the crockpot, you can kick up the sweet heat without heating up the kitchen.

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Healthy Thanksgiving Desserts

A holiday dinner just isn't complete without a little something sweet. Take the guesswork out of deciding what to serve by offering any (or all!) of these healthier dessert options.

Skinny Pumpkin Pie via Skinny Taste

A Thanksgiving dessert table is never complete without the pumpkin pie. To lighten this up, you'll use less sugar and a thinner crust, but you can’t tell!

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The Ultimate Healthy Apple Crisp via Amy’s Healthy Baking

Without a doubt, this is the BEST classic apple crisp! Sweet and tender apples are topped with spiced oat streusel. Whether you call it a “crisp” or a “crumble,” this dessert recipe is cozy, comforting, absolutely irresistible… And simple to make!

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What is the healthiest food for Thanksgiving? ›

White turkey meat, plain vegetables, roasted sweet potatoes, defatted gravy, and pumpkin pie tend to be the best bets because they are lower in fat and calories.

What are the 10 traditional Thanksgiving foods? ›

Here are our favorite traditional Thanksgiving dishes that are delicious and easy to make.
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  • Stuffing. ...
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  • Baked Corn. ...
  • Mac and cheese. ...
  • Peas & Water Chestnuts. ...
  • Fresh Rolls.
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What is a good alternative Thanksgiving dinner? ›

Alternatives could be:
  • Baked Stuffed Shrimp dinner or any seafood, saffron herbed rice, seasonal vegetables.
  • Beef Crown Rib Roast dinner with Potatoes Gratin Dauphinoise and asparagus.
  • Roast Leg of Lamb with wine, lemon, garlic, and rosemary, Brussel sprouts, wild rice.
Nov 5, 2023

What items from Thanksgiving dinners could be used to provide you with a balanced diet? ›

6 Healthy Foods to Add to Your Plate This Thanksgiving
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  • A seasonal salad. ...
  • Turkey. ...
  • Brussels sprouts. ...
  • Butternut squash. ...
  • Fresh bread. ...
  • And don't forget...
Nov 1, 2023

What is the unhealthiest Thanksgiving food? ›

Worst: Sausage Stuffing

It's often made with fatty processed meat, butter or margarine, and refined bread or rice. It's a high-calorie food that packs a load of fat, carbs, and nitrates, which are cancer-causing. If you add dried cranberries, there's a good chance they're sweetened and add sugar to your stuffing.

What is the unhealthiest food at Thanksgiving? ›

14 Unhealthiest Thanksgiving Sides To Avoid This Year
  • Potatoes au gratin. ...
  • Macaroni and cheese. ...
  • Canned cranberry sauce. ...
  • Candied yams. sasazawa/Shutterstock. ...
  • Sausage stuffing. Alivemindphotography/Getty Images. ...
  • Turkey Gravy. Brent Hofacker/Shutterstock. ...
  • Cornbread. Bhofack2/Getty Images. ...
  • Pecan Pie. Nicolasmccomber/Getty Images.
Nov 6, 2023

What is the least popular Thanksgiving food? ›

The Least Popular Thanksgiving Foods, Ranked
  • Sweet Potatoes or Yams — 25.12%
  • Stuffing/Dressing. — 22.33%
  • Pumpkin Pie. — 21.44%
  • Carrots. — 16.95%
  • Mashed Potatoes. — 15.45%
  • Corn. — 14.36%
  • Macaroni and Cheese. — 14.36%
  • Apple Pie. — 12.86%

What are the 12 most popular Thanksgiving dishes? ›

Scroll through to take a look at our most popular Thanksgiving recipes.
  • 01 of 24. Perfect Turkey. ...
  • 02 of 24. Roasted Brussels Sprouts. ...
  • 03 of 24. Cranberry Sauce. ...
  • 04 of 24. Homemade Mac and Cheese. ...
  • 05 of 24. Sweet Potato Pie. ...
  • 06 of 24. Granny Kat's Pumpkin Roll. ...
  • 07 of 24. Slow Cooker Turkey Breast. ...
  • 08 of 24. Cream Corn Like No Other.
Oct 26, 2023

What is America's favorite Thanksgiving side dish? ›

What is America's favorite Thanksgiving side? Mashed potatoes took home the top spot for this year's favorite side. The top five most popular holiday side dishes include: Mashed potatoes.

How to have a healthy Thanksgiving dinner? ›

Mix in a few healthy alternatives in your holiday recipes
  1. Use avocado instead of butter in cookie recipes.
  2. Use fat-free yogurt instead of sour cream or mayo in dips.
  3. Top casseroles with roasted almonds instead of deep-fried onions.
  4. Use whole wheat bread or wild rice in stuffing to increase the fiber content.
Nov 18, 2022

What is one of the most fattening items on the Thanksgiving menu? ›


Stuffing packs a one-two punch of refined carbs from white bread and fat from butter. Some versions also include fatty sausage or other meats.

What are the top 5 Thanksgiving side dishes? ›

Top 10 Must-Have Thanksgiving Side Dishes
  1. Holiday Stuffing. This easy recipe for Holiday Stuffing is our number one must-have Thanksgiving side dish!
  2. Best Mashed Potatoes Ever. ...
  3. New Green Bean Casserole. ...
  4. Sweet Potato Casserole. ...
  5. Baked Cranberry Sauce. ...
  6. Cauliflower Blossom. ...
  7. Butternut Squash Mash. ...
  8. Creamy Corn for a Crowd. ...

What is a typical African American Thanksgiving dinner? ›

You will likely be eating roast turkey, barbecued turkey, deep fried turkey, glazed country ham, collard greens, macaroni and cheese, green beans, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes mashed and covered with marshmallows, corn, cornbread, yeast/potato rolls, black eyed peas, rice, gravy, potato salad, cranberry sauce from ...

What is the healthiest meat for Thanksgiving? ›

Turkey. Turkey is an inherently healthy meat so long as you don't toss it in the deep fryer.

What is healthier than turkey for Thanksgiving? ›

Try it out on Thanksgiving by substituting tofu for your turkey. Tofu can be cooked in a variety of flavorful ways and comes with a ton of nutritional benefits including a lot of calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamin B, and protein.

How can I make Thanksgiving more healthy? ›

Boiled shrimp with lemon or co*cktail sauce is a healthier pick than fried hors d'oeuvres. Try having a pot of a roasted vegetable soup, such as carrot or butternut squash, on offer for guests to enjoy. Other healthful starters include stuffed mushrooms, raw veggies with hummus, and seasonal fruit.

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