Healthy Thanksgiving Menu

Give your guests the gift of healthy Thanksgiving food this year. Our Thanksgiving dinner menu is full of the classics—stuffing, green beans, and turkey—and it's also low in calories, sodium, and fat.

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    Spinach-Parmesan Dip

    Start off your holiday dinner with a healthy Thanksgiving appetizer or two that will occupy your guests while you finish preparing the sides, entree, and dessert. This creamy spinach-and-Parmesan dip gets its subtle heat from cayenne pepper. Serve it with cut veggies to keep calories low (and to save room for the deliciousness to come).

    Calories: 66
    Fat: 4 g
    Sodium:
    229 mg

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    Grilled Arugula Bruschetta

    Here's a crowd-pleasing starter strategy: Offer an appetizer that's as delicious as it is nutritious. Arugula, pesto, and mozzarella cheese top slices of crisp Italian bread in this irresistible Thanksgiving recipe.

    Calories: 99
    Fat: 5 g
    Sodium:
    168 mg

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    Hazelnut-Crusted Turkey Breast

    With a whopping 38 grams of protein per serving, this lean turkey breast is an absolute powerhouse. With its crunchy hazelnut crust and a hint of cinnamon, and served with juicy kumquats, this turkey recipe will be the talk of your Thanksgiving meal.

    Calories: 260
    Fat: 8 g
    Sodium:
    58 mg

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    Spinach-Stuffed Turkey Tenderloins

    These turkey breasts prove that healthy turkey recipes can be far from boring. With a unique stuffing of spinach and melty cheese, your guests will be asking for the recipe long before the last bite.

    Calories: 254
    Fat: 10 g
    Sodium:
     478 mg  

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    Sesame Kale and Edamame

    This Thanksgiving side-dish recipe is a healthy dream come true. It combines nutrient-rich kale, red pepper, and edamame with sesame seeds and reduced-sodium soy sauce for bold flavor without all the calories.

    Calories: 111
    Fat: 4 g
    Sodium:
    359 mg

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    Sweet Potato-Pomegranate Slaw

    Rather than the cream-heavy traditional coleslaw, serve this colorful recipe as one of your healthy Thanksgiving sides. Nutrient-dense sweet potatoes and pomegranate seeds, plus a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and olive oil, make this salad a tangy treat.

    Calories: 260
    Fat: 17 g
    Sodium:
    154 mg

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    Mashed Sweet Potatoes

    Sweet hazelnuts add a hint of nutty flavor and crunch to a delicious mashed sweet potatoes recipe. You'll get all the flavor of the traditional Thanksgiving side-dish recipe—in a guilt-free package.

    Calories: 267
    Fat: 8 g
    Sodium:
    312 mg

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    Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup

    Healthy butternut squash recipes are the way to go this year. This soup combines squash and carrots for a creamy dish that will make an eye-catching addition to your Thanksgiving table. Stir in creme fraiche and toasted pumpkin seeds for extra pizzazz.

    Calories: 82
    Fat: 3 g
    Sodium:
    364 mg

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    Savory Butternut Squash Dressing

    Rich butternut squash and ripe red cranberries shine through in this fall favorite. A mixture of egg, light cream, and low-sodium chicken broth creates an extra-moist healthy stuffing recipe without extra fat and calories.

    Calories: 149
    Fat: 5 g
    Sodium:
    426 mg

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    Herbed Cheese Whole Wheat Breadsticks

    Serve a starchy side you can feel good about sharing with your friends and family. These flaky, tender whole wheat breadsticks have a light cheesy flavor.

    Calories: 53
    Fat: 1 g
    Sodium:
    91 mg

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    Toasted Millet No-Knead Whole Wheat Rolls

    If you've never baked with millet before, give it a try with these healthy dinner rolls a try. The tiny seed is packed with phosphorus, magnesium, and fiber.

    Calories: 151
    Fat: 5 g
    Sodium:
    191 mg

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    Minted French Green Beans

    No Thanksgiving menu is complete without green beans. This simple version of the classic side dish uses easy mix-ins of mouthwatering shallots and refreshing mint sprigs.

    Calories: 40
    Fat: 2 g
    Sodium:
    39 mg

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    Roasted Green Beans with Beets, Feta, and Walnuts

    This version of a healthy green bean casserole leaves out the heavy stuff. Instead, walnuts, feta cheese, and beets bring plenty of flavor to the table. Switch it up with what you have available—almonds and goat cheese work well here, too!

    Calories: 199
    Fat: 14 g
    Sodium:
    303 mg

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    Sour Cream Apple Pie with Gingerbread Crust

    A gingerbread crust makes this classic fall dessert holiday-special. And with fewer than 250 calories per serving, this apple pie recipe brimming with juicy apple slices is bound to become a new favorite in your lineup of healthy Thanksgiving desserts.

    Calories: 228
    Fat: 9 g
    Sodium:
    146 mg

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    Pumpkin-Pecan Tassies

    Dig in to one or two of these low-carb Thanksgiving desserts this year. They're like eating mini pumpkin pies and pecan pies—all in one!

    Calories: 113
    Fat: 7 g
    Sodium:
    92 mg

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    Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner Menu

    This Thanksgiving meal will stun your guests when they gather around the table. Here's your traditional Thanksgiving dinner menu list starring all of the classics: turkey, potatoes, cranberry sauce, and more.
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