This year’s Thanksgiving dinner doesn’t have to be a calorie-laden extravaganza. There are several healthy ways to make the holidays both tasty and guilt-free. We combed the internet for these healthy Thanksgiving sides, all of which have been tried and tested by well-known bloggers who appreciate the importance of delivering a great dish that doesn’t leave you feeling like a turkey.
Cranberry, Orange, and Quinoa Salad
A blogger shares a healthy salad dish she made for Whole Foods that incorporates Thanksgiving’s characteristic tastes. It contains kale, quinoa, cranberries, oranges, pomegranate, and honey, among other fresh ingredients. To make it more healthy, you may also add nuts.
Maple Syrup Cranberry Sauce
For a fresh taste twist on an old classic, substitute maple syrup for sugar.
Low-Carb Cheesy Cauliflower Mash
There is no reason why you should have to forego mashed potatoes over the holidays! Potatoes are excellent, but mashed cauliflower is a lower-carb option. To keep the dish as healthy as possible, use 2 percent or whole milk instead of heavy cream, and choose a low-fat cheese.
Sweet Potato Casserole With Maple Pecan Topping
A blogger shares this light and vegan-friendly variation on traditional sweet potato casserole in the Kitchen. It comprises almond flour, almond milk, and coconut oil.
Clean Green Bean Casserole with Parmesan Crumb Topping
Stay fresh by avoiding canned foods. To make this Christmas classic, combine green beans, almond milk, whole-wheat flour, and mushrooms.
Garlic Parmesan Roasted Butternut Squash
Roast some fresh butternut squash with seasonings that will make it your new favorite. Cut the butternut squash carefully, and you’ll be well on your way to eating a nutritious, seasonal squash that will be a favorite at your Thanksgiving dinner!