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15 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes Your Guests Will Love

Don’t want to spend your Thanksgiving constantly loosening up your belt? Instead of worrying about bloat, or having a pumpkin pie destroy your weight loss goals, try to make these healthy and easy recipes! Here are some of the best healthy Thanksgiving recipes!

1. Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

Mac and Cheese is a dish that everyone loves. But instead of filling yourself up with all that cheese, use butternut squash for the same texture. You won’t even notice that it is in there.

2. Corn, Edamame, and Quinoa Salad with Lemon-Dijon Vinaigrette

Start off with this super healthy, vegetarian appetizer. Also, if you have leftovers, you can also use this salad as a salsa. This is one of the best healthy Thanksgiving recipes!

3. Honey Roasted Baby Carrots

This recipe requires only a few, simple ingredients: baby carrots, honey, spices, and olive oil. You can also use a flavored honey like ginger honey if you want to spice things up..

4. Sauteed Zucchini with Mint, Basil, and Pine Nuts

This recipe may look like it is from the pages of Bon Appetit Magazine, but it is rather easy to make. You can serve it with ricotta cheese on the side, or if you want to get really fancy, you can also make homemade ricotta cheese.

5. Salad with Goat Cheese, Pears, Candied Pecans and Maple Balsamic Dressing

This recipe is so easy to make that even if you are the worse cook, there is no way you can possibly mess up making this delicious salad. This is one of the healthy Thanksgiving recipes we love!

6. Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Vegan, gluten-free, and paleo: the trifecta that constitutes an ultra healthy dish.

7. Maple Cinnamon Butternut Squash

We all love to have a variety, so pair the roasted sweet potatoes with maple-cinnamon butternut squash so there is plenty for you and your guest to choose from. Also, you can garnish this dish with pecans, walnuts, and cranberries if you desire.

8. Skinny Green Bean Casserole

No Thanksgiving table is complete without green bean casserole. But like everything nowadays, there is a “skinny” version of this all-time classic. The secret is to use greek yogurt for the creamy sauce.

9. Herb Roasted Turkey Breast

Instead of having people argue about white and dark meat at the table, roast parts of the turkey instead of the entire bird. Making roasted turkey breast comes in handy when people want lighter meat.

10. Herb and Apple Stuffing

Try this lighter version of a Thanksgiving classic.

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11. Tart Cranberry Sauce

If you trying to lower your sugar intake, make this sugarless version of cranberry sauce. Just as a warning, it might be a bit more tart and less sweet than the canned versions. However, it is still absolutely delicious.

12. Butternut Squash Soup

All it takes is a few ingredients and thirty minutes of your time to make this delicious and healthy soup.

13. Paleo Pecan Pie

This ultra healthy version is as great as the original.

14. Maple Cupcakes with Pumpkin Pie Frosting

There is a possibility that you might become head over heels about these sweet cupcakes.

15. Pumpkin Pie Parfait with Coconut Whipped Cream

You will probably have a smug grin on your face when people compliment how delicious these parfaits taste and look. Oh, and they only take 20 minutes to make.

What are your favorite healthy Thanksgiving recipes? Let us know in the comments!
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Marisa Delfarno

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