7 Healthy Versions of Your Thanksgiving Favorites

 Thanksgiving is a time to meet up with friends and family, tell old stories, and focus on what we’re thankful for. But it’s also a time full of temptations – the edible kind, that is. This year, try keeping things healthy for the whole family with these seven better-for-you versions of the beloved Thanksgiving staples. 


Kale Salad with Butternut Squash, Pomegranate, and Pumpkin Seeds

This delightful recipe features nutrient-rich, autumnal ingredients and makes for a light and fresh start to your fall feast.

Yield: 8–10 servings

Prep Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour


Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Honey and Cinnamon

Yams are a must, and this sweet and spicy twist is even more flavorful than the sugary version. Oven roasting seals in the honey and spice.

Yield: 4 servings

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes


Perfect Mashed Cauliflower

Instead of starch-rich potatoes, serve up savory mashed cauliflower. The secret ingredient? Cream cheese!

Yield: 8 servings

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes


Healthy Green Bean Casserole

By using milk and sautéed onions in place of traditional cream soup and fried onions, this family favorite gets a quick and easy makeover your taste buds will love.

Yield: 4 servings

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes


Best-Ever Cauliflower Stuffing

By swapping out bread for a scrumptious veggie, healthy fats have room to provide flavor without overdoing the carb or calorie count.

Yield: 6 servings

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes


Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast

Keep things lean and roast turkey breast instead of a whole bird. Traditional herbs and spices, like rosemary, sage, and thyme, provide a rich and powerful flavor profile.

Yield: 6 servings

Prep time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 40 minutes


Bloomin' Apples

A visually impressive dessert, this fruit and ice cream treat can be made in either an oven or an air fryer. Hot apples drenched in butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and caramel mix delightfully with scoops of vanilla ice cream for the perfect finishing dish.

Yield: 4 servings

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour


See? You really can have the best of both worlds – a health-conscious Thanksgiving meal that also packs a flavorful punch. We hope you have an amazing holiday, full of yummy food, laughter among friends, and new lifelong memories.


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