Healthy Twists on Thanksgiving Classics

Healthy Twists on Thanksgiving Classics

Although Thanksgiving is about friendships and counting our blessings, it easily becomes a day of feasting.   You still can enjoy your traditional menu with these healthy – and easy – twists on the classics.

The Potatoes

Thanksgiving potatoes are prepared in a variety of ways… mashed, scalloped, au gratin, etc.  To pare down the fat and high calories without compromising on taste, substitute the butter or cream with a delicious Greek yogurt – it’s full of the richness and creaminess that you love!  Better yet, swap in sweet potatoes instead of the russets – it’s a healthier carb that’s also loaded with healthy vitamins.

Green Beans

Green beans by themselves are a great pick – but all too often, they get covered in butter or cream sauces. A tasty alternative is to steam your green beans and add turkey bacon bits, garlic, and extra virgin olive oil.

Cranberry Sauce

Cranberries are full of vitamins and nutrients – but alone, they can be incredibly bitter. Cranberry sauce is an easy fix.  To enjoy homemade cranberry sauce, mix together 1 c. sweetener (Splenda, Truvia, etc.), the juice and zest from one orange, a cinnamon stick, and 16 oz. of cranberries.  Simmer in a pot on the stove until you hear the cranberries start popping and see the sauce start to thicken. It’s that simple!   This option is high in vitamins and low in sugar, while also bringing out the natural flavors in the cranberries.

Dinner Rolls  

Between the stuffing, the potatoes, and the dinner rolls, it’s easy for Thanksgiving to turn into a carb fest. Opt to skip the dinner rolls all together – or, if you can’t bring yourself to forego them, look for a whole wheat version that doesn’t have added sugar. As ever, homemade is best.


Turkey is naturally high in iron and a great source of protein. Of course, opt for roasting – no frying – and find other ways to baste that don’t include butter and fats. This alternative will allow you room to enjoy the gravy that everyone loves.

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