A collection of delicious, healthy Thanksgiving recipes that will save you from that awful food coma!
Why bother with healthy Thanksgiving recipes? Why not just indulge for one day?
Sure, you can indulge on Thanksgiving. It’s a completely valid option, especially if you know from experience that you can indulge one day (or one meal), then go right back to healthy eating.
But for many of us, a Thanksgiving “cheat meal” is a very bad idea indeed. If your carbohydrate metabolism is impaired, such a meal will send your blood sugar through the roof. No bueno.
Even if this is not an issue for you, a single cheat meal could easily spiral into many days, weeks, or even months of bad diet and weight gain.
The good news: there ARE delicious AND healthy Thanksgiving recipes. And these healthy Thanksgiving recipes are not even difficult to make, though they might require the purchase of slightly unusual ingredients such as almond flour or coconut flour.
Happily, many grocery stores carry these nowadays, and needless to say, you can find everything on Amazon.
So here you go – ten delicious, scrumptious, super tasty Thanksgiving recipes that are also very healthy.
1. Roasted Turkey Breast
Roasted turkey breast comes out crisp-skinned and wonderfully juicy when you cook it in a very hot oven for a relatively short time. It’s the perfect solution for small Thanksgiving gatherings.
2. Honey cranberry sauce
This delicious cranberry sauce is sweetened with honey, and not a lot of honey. While there’s no way around having to sweeten cranberry sauce – cranberries are extremely sour – there’s really no need for the crazy amounts of sugar that many recipes call for.
3. Healthy green bean casserole
This healthy green bean casserole, made with olive oil and Greek yogurt, is just as creamy and delicious as traditional green bean casserole.
4. Loaded mashed cauliflower
Mashed cauliflower is delicious, and surprisingly similar in texture and flavor to mashed potatoes, making it an ideal low-carb substitute. Loading the mashed cauliflower with bacon and cheese makes it even better, of course. :) Unlike mashed potatoes, mashed cauliflower can be made in advance and reheated, which is definitely an advantage.
5. Mashed pumpkin
Mashed pumpkin has a creamy texture and delicate flavor. It’s a delicious, healthier alternative to mashed potatoes or mashed sweet potatoes.
6. Sausage stuffing
A super flavorful sausage stuffing that proves once and for all that your Thanksgiving stuffing does not need bread to taste amazing!
7. Roasted brussels sprouts
These baked brussels sprouts are coated in olive oil and seasonings, then baked in a hot oven until crisp and caramelized. Beware – they are addictive!
8. Broccoli casserole
Deliciously cheesy broccoli casserole. I started making it because one of the kiddos consistently refused broccoli. This broccoli casserole took care of that problem, and I’ve been making it regularly ever since.
9. Crustless pumpkin pie
A creamy, delicious crustless pumpkin pie that has tons of flavor but far fewer carbs and calories than traditional pumpkin pie. At just 167 calories for a generous slice (135 calories for the low carb option), you can go ahead and have a slice or two!
10. Crustless chocolate pie
Not everyone likes pumpkin pie, so I usually make this crustless chocolate pie on Thanksgiving as well. It’s a dense, intensely chocolaty pie, exquisite with homemade whipped cream. Just 195 calories for a generous slice!
As you can see, there’s no need to choose between “healthy” and “delicious” on Thanksgiving. I hope you enjoy these healthy Thanksgiving recipes. Bon apetit!