Healthy and Decadent?
Yep, I believe it’s completely possible! You CAN make a healthy AND decadent Thanksgiving spread. And if you are thinking a Healthy Thanksgiving Recipe is an oxymoron, think again. This post is filled with new ideas for healthy thanksgiving recipes that will leave your mouth watering!
In fact, all of these recipes are created by Registered Dietitians and will not only add something on the lighter side to your spread, but are packed with rich autumn flavors. Not to mention, there are old favorite comfort foods (Cheesy potatoes, anyone?) mixed with outside the box ideas such as like Roasted Vegetables with Balsamic Blueberry Sauce. So, go ahead, don’t just scroll down though, pick one to take to make for your family this year!
Healthy Thanksgiving Recipe
This meatless entree is loaded with seasonal favorites from acorn squash to cranberries and seasoned with rosemary. It would go well on any Thanksgiving table!
Ok, so not only am I an Indiana potato-loving girl at heart, but I’m also pregnant, and comfort food looks oh-so-good right now. These healthy cheesy potatoes made with greek yogurt have me drooling and baby boy kicking in my belly.
Every Thanksgiving table has stuffing. Why not add in pumpkin for some Vitamin A? And the amazing part is the pumpkin in this recipe actually helps to provide moisture usually found in fat in stuffing! Like any stuffing recipe, you can impact the level of nutrition by your choice in bread.
Maple gets me every time. In fact, my best friend and I can basically have whole conversations regarding the goodness of maple syrup. That said, how can you resist the combination of maple and nourishing winter vegetables? Nothing says fall like this.
This turkey veggie tray is the cutest way I can imagine to get some veggies in this Thanksgiving! There is definitely something special about food that is FUN.
These sweet potatoes look amazing. A little spice from chili powder and cayenne pepper combined with sweet tones of maple syrup sound like a winning combination to me. My family would love these!
Amy claims that even non-brussel sprouts lovers with fall in love with this recipe. And I believe it; you can’t go wrong with a sauce that involves wild blueberries!
This recipe would make a perfect side or appetizer. Plus, it looks super pretty while still being simple to make.
What’s Thanksgiving without the bird? Only, this recipe calls for chicken instead of turkey as one way to switch it up. This recipe is an adapted version of a Persian recipe that is both beautiful and perfect for festivities.
Healthy Thanksgiving Recipe: Dessert Style
Here are three delicious recipes you can feel proud to set on your “healthified” Thanksgiving dessert table!
These lemon cranberry scones make a perfect complement to any holiday brunch. However, you could also serve them as dessert on Thanksgiving day. They pair together perfectly with coffee or tea.
This recipe looks delicious and I love the quinoa twist. Apples for thanksgiving and chocolate for deliciousness, this recipe is definitely getting added to my “must try” list.
My sister in law made some delicious baked apples recently and I’ve been wanting to make some ever since. I love that this recipe calls for nut butter because I whole-heartedly enjoy peanut butter in both my oatmeal and on my apples. I’m sure this recipe is a winner!
Do you have a favorite Healthy Thanksgiving Recipe?
If you have a favorite healthy Thanksgiving recipe your family makes every year I would love to see it. Or perhaps you have a favorite recipe that you would love feedback on making healthier! We want to hear from you. Drop us a comment below, over on my Facebook page, or email me at email@example.com.
God has blessed us with our bodies and health so let’s do what we can to nourish them this Holiday season with whole foods, plenty of veggies, and of course a few healthier treats!