Thanksgiving dinner is notorious for high-calorie dishes, such as yams, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy. While this meal should be a splurge, there are a few minor changes you can make to the traditional Thanksgiving dishes that will help lighten up your meal. Try any of the following simple, healthier options for a meal that both your taste buds and your waistline will love.
Healthier Sweet Potato-Pecan Casserole
It’s not Thanksgiving without yams or sweet potatoes. This casserole utilizes an egg, instead of butter, to make the potatoes creamy. Pecans on top add an extra pop of protein for a healthy crunch.
This simple 15-minute dish is not only delicious, but it’s healthy too. Paired with a little butter and chopped fresh dill, these carrots are chock-full of nutrients so your guests will have a dish they’ll feel good about eating.
Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
Adding some salty, crispy bacon to this healthy side of Brussels sprouts will make it feel like more of a treat than a healthy option. Trade regular bacon for turkey bacon for an even healthier dish.
Crunch Vegetables and Ranch Dip
Instead of putting out crackers and dip before the meal begins, consider raw vegetables with a ranch-style dip. Because most people munch mindlessly while talking, this is a much healthier option to have lying around.
Vegan Apple Pie
Pie is one of the most loved Thanksgiving desserts there is. This lightened-up apple pie recipe let’s you have your cake (or pie) and eat it too. And if you’re really feeling like a splurge, top it off with some vanilla ice cream and a dash of cinnamon.
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