Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Thanksgiving dinner is all about the sides! But finding healthy Thanksgiving side dishes that you love as much as the classics can be tricky.

Thanksgiving: a time to reconnect with long lost relatives, spend endless hours cooking in the kitchen, stand in line to get the best Black Friday deals, and enjoy countless games of football. No matter your Thanksgiving Day plan, intentions to make healthy food choices (or make healthy Thanksgiving side dishes!) can get lost in the chaos of the holiday. Don’t wait until next year to resolve to eat healthier. Showcase your commitment early with these healthy Thanksgiving side dishes that will impress your guests and keep you feeling your best all day long.

Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Thanksgiving Day morning tends to starts early, so fuel up on a healthy breakfast. Blend up one of these 19 Smoothie Bowl Recipes to start your day off right with the superfoods your body needs to keep you going during the long hours ahead. Bring on the apron!

Healthy Thanksgiving Day Menu

Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes

 

Healthy Thanksgiving Appetizers & Cocktails

  • Holiday Hummus Board by Half Baked Harvest – This epic spread of hummus along with baked pita chips and veggies is the perfect nutritious appetizer to help you start your Thanksgiving off on the right foot. This board features a Indian Spiced Hummus with Cilantro Pesto + Pomegranate, a Roasted Garlic and Parmesan Hummus with Rosemary Oil, and a Pumpkin and Goat Cheese Hummus with Crispy Sage and Prosciutto Pesto.
  • Classic Spiced Nuts by Eat Chic Chicago – Nothing says “football snack” quite like spiced nuts and this is my go-to recipe every year. Put a few bowls of these around the living room for your friends and family to munch on while they cheer on their favorite team.
  • Seasonal Bruschetta Bar by What’s Gaby Cooking – Think beyond the traditional cheese platter and create a one-of-a-kind board featuring nutrient-dense ingredients like roasted red peppers, fresh pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, caramelized onions, and sautéed mushrooms in addition to classic assorted cheeses and cured meats. Arrange all of your favorites on a large tray for your guests to mix and match the perfect pre-meal snack.
  • The Hibernating Honey Bear by Steele House Kitchen – In additional to traditional wine and beer, I love the idea of having a signature Thanksgiving Day cocktail such as this refreshing, yet warming, bourbon cocktail featuring honey sage syrup. Make a large batch ahead of time in a pitcher or beverage dispenser with a side of sage and orange peel garnishes for guests to help themselves.

 

Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes

 

Healthy Thanksgiving Main Dishes

  • Chile-Rubbed Turkey by Bon Appétit – For the best turkey recipes, I turn to the Thanksgiving headquarters – Bon Appétit. This recipe suggests brining the turkey overnight in a mixture of beer and spices and then coating it with a flavorful chile paste before cooking.
  • The Ultimate Vegan Thanksgiving Loaf by I Love Vegan – For the vegetarian at your dinner table, ditch the Tofurky and bake this nutrient-dense, veggie-loaded lentil loaf instead!

 

Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes

  • Kale Caesar Salad by Oh She Glows – The number of superfoods in this salad are endless. Classic romaine and dark green leafy kale are topped with a nut and seed “parmesan cheese”, crunchy chickpea croutons and a creamy cashew dressing.

 

Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes

 

  • Multigrain Flax Dinner Rolls by Annie Eats – These fiber-rich dinner rolls are made with a mix of whole wheat flour, oats, flaxseed and oat bran – generously topped with a mix of poppy and sesame seeds.
  • Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes by Love and Lemons – The nutritious combination of Yukon gold potatoes, cauliflower, garlic and rosemary come together to create this creamy and fluffy butter-free side dish that will have you coming back for seconds.
  • Parsley Sage Rosemary and Thyme Gravy by Vegetarian Times – This creamy, veggie-rich gravy is completely vegan and gluten-free, making it versatile for any guest with specific dietary requests.

 

Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes

 

  • Apple Sausage Cornbread Stuffing by Fork Knife & Swoon – The sweet cornbread, plump sausage, tangy apples and aromatic herbs of this gluten-free stuffing make it the perfect accompaniment to any Thanksgiving Day meal.
  • Cheesy Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese by Pinch of Yum – Sneak in some veggies where your family and friends least expects them by adding pureed butternut squash to this healthy, yet still cheesy, mac and cheese recipe. Or check out this superfood, noodle-free Rosemary Quinoa Mac and Cheese by Simply Quinoa if you’re feeling adventurous!
  • Scalloped Hasselback Sweet Potatoes by The Baker Chick – Swap the traditional sugary, marshmallow-covered sweet potatoes, for this savory dish. Use sweet potatoes for your scalloped potato dish this year for an extra boost of vitamins and minerals.

 

Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes

 

  • Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts by Averie Cooks – Nothing beats caramelized roasted Brussels sprouts topped with a tangy balsamic glaze. Brush on a little maple syrup in place of the brown sugar and sprinkle the finished dish with Parmesan cheese, crushed pistachios and dried cranberries.
  • Simple Skillet Green Beans by Healthy Seasonal Recipes – Not everything has to be fancy. Keep some side dishes simple, like these green beans seasoned with garlic, red pepper flakes and sea salt. Blanch your green beans ahead of time to save on cooking time and maintain that beautiful bright green color.
  • Orange Bourbon Cranberry Sauce by Gimme Some Oven – This tangy and sweet simple cranberry sauce recipe features orange zest and a kick of bourbon.

 

Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes

 

Healthy Thanksgiving Desserts

  • No Bake Peanut Butter Pumpkin Pie by The Glowing Fridge – Peanut butter and pumpkin are a match made in heaven and come together to create this creamy, buttery, not-so-typical, make-ahead-of-time pumpkin pie!
  • Chilled Chocolate Hazelnut Torte by Eat Chic Chicago – This fudgey frozen pie is perfect for the chocolate fanatic in the family. The chewy hazelnut crust is topped with a chocolate coconut filling and can be made the night (or even a few days) before your Thanksgiving Day feast.
  • Healthy Gluten-Free Apple Crisp by Cookie and Kate – This wholesome, honey-sweetened apple crisp features oats, almond meal, and crunchy pecans. Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an extra treat!

 

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Done with dinner and ready to head out for a day of Black Friday shopping? Don’t forget to pack yourself a holiday shopping emergency snack kit to keep yourself energized!

 

Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes
Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes

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