Just because you want to plan a healthy Thanksgiving dinner, doesn’t mean that the meal has to be boring or bland. There are plenty of nutritious recipes that are packed with flavor. So, if you want to keep an eye on your waistline and enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving dinner, check out some of our tips and recipe suggestions in the guide below. Also, be sure to follow our link at the end for some great leftover recipe ideas.
Guide To The Ultimate Healthy Thanksgiving Dinner
It’s a good idea to prepare appetizers that are on the lighter side, so that everyone doesn’t fill up before the main event. For larger groups, try to serve at least two appetizers. For smaller groups, one or two options are plenty.
Crudité platters with creamy Greek yogurt-based dips and hummus are a great idea. Other tasty options can include:
Make your feast more nutritious by choosing colorful and healthy sides. These should range from leafy greens to crunchy root veggies. It’s also recommended, that you fill up your plate with salad and vegetables before the heartier dishes to help you consume less calories during the meal.
Try these vegetable recipes for some of your Thanksgiving side dishes:
Sweet Potato Casserole with Crunchy Oat Topping (instead of the classic version covered in marshmallows)
It may sound unlikely, but stuffing can actually be healthy. Instead of store bought stuffing mix (which can be high in sodium and may have preservatives), this essential Thanksgiving dish can easily be made wholesome and nutritious with the right ingredients.
These stuffing recipes may be just what you’re looking to balance out your meal.
It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without the turkey. We know deep frying your bird has become popular but is certainly not the healthiest way to cook it. Your main dish can be juicy and delicious without submerging it in oil.
Cookinglight.com has some simple flavor-boosting recipes for preparing your turkey.
Healthy Thanksgiving Desserts
Almost everyone likes to end dinner on a sweet note. There are, of course, the traditional Thanksgiving desserts, but many of these are loaded with sugars and fat. So don’t be afraid of mixing things up with some new introductions to the dessert table.
Try some of these healthier options to the classics:
We hope that these tips and recipes help you enjoy a wholesome family feast.
Total Nutrition Technology wishes you and your family a wonderfully happy Thanksgiving!