A Healthy Thanksgiving Menu That's Still Worth Celebrating
Start your holiday dinner with a healthy Thanksgiving appetizer or two that will occupy your guests while you finish preparing the sides, entrée, and dessert. This creamy spinach-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). It's so good that your guests will never know it's actually a healthy Thanksgiving appetizer!
Fat: 4 g
Sodium: 229 mg
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. It's definitely a healthier take on bruschetta, but it'll still be a hit alongside your other favorite Thanksgiving side dishes.
Fat: 5 g
Sodium: 168 mg
Hazelnut-Crusted Turkey Breast
Want healthy Thanksgiving turkey recipes? Instead of roasting a whole bird, opt for just the breast instead. With a whopping 38 grams of protein per serving, this lean turkey breast is an absolute powerhouse. Its crunchy hazelnut crust and hint of cinnamon, plus the juicy kumquats served alongside, will make this turkey recipe the talk of your Thanksgiving meal.
Fat: 8 g
Sodium: 58 mg
Spinach-Stuffed Turkey Tenderloins
These turkey breasts prove that healthy turkey recipes can be far from boring. Your guests will be asking for this recipe stuffed with spinach and melty cheese long before the last bite. Plus, the spinach filling is a healthy twist on classic Thanksgiving stuffing!
Fat: 10 g
Sodium: 478 mg
Sesame Kale and Edamame
Be sure to add this recipe to your list of healthy Thanksgiving sides! This yummy 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.
Fat: 4 g
Sodium: 359 mg
Sweet Potato-Pomegranate Slaw
Give Thanksgiving sweet potatoes a healthy makeover with this quick and easy recipe. Serve this colorful recipe, rather than the cream-heavy traditional coleslaw, 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.
Fat: 17 g
Sodium: 154 mg
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
What's one way to make Thanksgiving mashed potatoes healthier? Make mashed sweet potatoes instead! 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.
Fat: 8 g
Sodium: 312 mg
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 crème fraîche and toasted pumpkin seeds to add extra pizzazz to this healthy Thanksgiving side-dish recipe.
Fat: 3 g
Sodium: 364 mg
Savory Butternut Squash Dressing
Hosting a healthy Thanksgiving dinner doesn't have to mean skipping the stuffing. 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 and healthy stuffing recipe without extra fat and calories.
Fat: 5 g
Sodium: 426 mg
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. Plus, this healthy Thanksgiving side dish is low on both calories and fat. So go ahead—grab a second one!
Fat: 1 g
Sodium: 91 mg
Toasted Millet No-Knead Whole Wheat Rolls
If you've never baked with millet before, give these healthy dinner rolls a try. The tiny seed is packed with phosphorus, magnesium, and fiber. Thanks to millet, these healthy Thanksgiving dinner rolls are definitely a little better for you than the ones you'll find at the store.
Fat: 5 g
Sodium: 191 mg
Minted French Green Beans
No Thanksgiving menu is complete without green beans. But instead of a heavy green bean casserole this year, try making this popular Thanksgiving side dish. This simple version of the classic side dish uses easy mix-ins of mouthwatering shallots and refreshing mint sprigs.
Fat: 2 g
Sodium: 39 mg
Roasted Green Beans with Beets, Feta, and Walnuts
This version of a healthy green bean casserole leaves out the heavy stuff. 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! No matter what combination you use, everyone will definitely be going back for seconds for this healthy Thanksgiving side.
Fat: 14 g
Sodium: 303 mg
Sour Cream Apple Pie with Gingerbread Crust
No need to skip dessert—just make one of our healthy Thanksgiving dessert recipes! 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.
Fat: 9 g
Sodium: 146 mg
Even if you're hosting a healthy Thanksgiving dinner, you can still treat yourself to a "slice" of pie (or two). Dig in to these low-carb Thanksgiving desserts this year. They're like eating mini pumpkin pies and pecan pies—all in one!
Fat: 7 g
Sodium: 92 mg