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Published on November 21, 2013

Smart Swaps for Traditional Thanksgiving Dishes

Make your holiday meal healthier without sacrificing flavor.

Thanksgiving is the unofficial start of the holiday season. It also ushers in months of heavy meals, big portions and too many sweets. Ditch the guilt without sacrificing this annual family feast by swapping common Thanksgiving dishes with healthier options:

  • Instead of turkey with gravy, try turkey with balsamic brown sugar sauce.
    While roast turkey is typically a healthy option for any meal, the heavy gravies that accompany it are laden with butter and fat. For a new turkey topper that is better for you, try this balsamic brown sugar sauce.
  • Instead of boxed stuffing, try pear, prosciutto and hazelnut stuffing.
    Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without stuffing on the side. So instead of avoiding it altogether, substitute your boxed stuffing with a version that has even more flavor and
    less fat.
  • Instead of sweet potato casserole, try butternut squash soup.
    Sweet potatoes are typically a smart addition to any meal–but not when they’re swimming in butter and sugar. Get the same decadent taste without the calories by trying butternut squash soup instead. Not only is it better for you, it can help you feel fuller, faster.
  • Instead of mashed potatoes, try creamy mashed cauliflower.
    The taste and texture of mashed cauliflower is surprisingly similar to mashed potatoes, with one important difference: fewer carbs. Just like with traditional mashed potatoes, there are still plenty of ways to customize this dish with herbs or low-fat cheese.
  • Instead of green bean casserole, try broccoli quinoa casserole.
    This substitute to the old-school green bean casserole is just as creamy but includes superfoods like broccoli and quinoa. Bonus: it’s gluten free!
  • Instead of traditional pumpkin pie, try crustless pumpkin pie.
    The best part of the Thanksgiving meal is dessert, but you don’t have to ruin your healthy habits by indulging in traditional sweets. Try this crowd-pleasing crustless pumpkin pie instead. It’s easy to make and better for you than most holiday desserts.

Do you have any tasty (yet healthy) dishes in your recipe box? Share them below!

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