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50+ Healthier Thanksgiving Recipes


Are you searching for healthier Thanksgiving recipes?  Look no further because I’ve compiled a huge list of recipes from side dishes to desserts that are healthier than your standard Thanksgiving fare.

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My quest for healthier Thanksgiving recipes started because I’m currently doing a Whole30.  Even though my 30 days are up before Turkey Day I wanted to see if I could come up with healthier alternatives to my usual recipes.  No matter what diet you follow it never hurts to see if there are tasty and healthier alternatives to what you usually eat.  I feel like it’s a bonus to serve your family healthier recipes too, no matter how they normally eat.

The recipes below may not be specifically geared for the holidays, but I felt like they were in the spirit of traditional Thanksgiving food.  Whether it’s less butter, less sugar, less grains, more veggies or whatever else, small changes can make a big difference without impacting the deliciousness of your Thanksgiving meal.

50 Healthier Thanksgiving Recipes


Best Ever Brined Turkey and Gluten-Free Gravy from Gutsy by Nature

Perfect Roasted Turkey from Our Paleo Life

Rosemary Roasted Turkey from Primal Palate

Simple Roast Turkey Breast from Cook Eat Paleo

Ultimate Roasted Turkey from Cooking Light via My Recipes


Healthy Mushroom Gravy from Perry Santanachote/Daily Burn

Low-fat Turkey Gravy from the Mayo Clinic

Easy Paleo Herb Gravy from Nom Nom Paleo

Turkey Gravy (Paleo/Whole30) from Simple Life by Kels

Low Calorie Everyday Gravy from Going Cavewoman


New Brunswick-Style Potato Stuffing from The Domestic Man

Gluten-free Quinoa Stuffing from Carolyn Stalnaker/SheKnows

Healthy Harvest Stuffing from Martha Stewart

Paleo Thanksgiving Stuffing from PaleOMG

Grain-Free Thanksgiving Stuffing from Against All Grain

Out-of-this-World Healthy Stuffing from Bethenny

HG’s Save the Day Stuffing from Hungry Girl

Best Ever Paleo Thanksgiving Stuffing from Paleo Foundation

Paleo Sausage, Apple and Chestnut Stuffing from Perchance to Cook

Potatoes/Sweet Potatoes

Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Cranberries from Little Bits Of

Low-Cal, Low-Fat Mashed Potatoes from Fitness Magazine

Healthy Garlic Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes from Apple of my Eye

Healthy Mashed Potatoes from Ahead of Thyme

Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole from Ellie Krieger via POPSUGAR

Healthy Mashed Potatoes from Pillsbury

Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole from Cook the Story

Cranberry Sauce/Relish

Cranberry Relish from Elise Bauer/Simply Recipes

Sugarless Cranberry Sauce from Wellness Mama

Naturally Sweetened Cranberry Sauce from Cookie and Kate

Cranberry Relish from Eating Well

Sugar-Free Cranberry Sauce from Busy but Healthy

Gingered Cranberry-Orange Relish from Eating Well

Veggie Side Dishes

Green Bean Casserole With Crispy Shallots from Ellie Krieger/Food Network

Healthy Green Bean Casserole from Wellness Mama

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad from Chowhound

Garlic Roasted Brussels Sprouts from Paleo Grubs

Brussels Sprouts With Balsamic and Cranberries from Paleo Leap

Rustic Leek Gratin from A Squirrel in the Kitchen

Roasted Carrots with Vinaigrette from the Pioneer Woman

Maple-Glazed Root Vegetables from Paleo Grubs

Celery Root Mash from Stupid Easy Paleo

Blistered Green Beans with Crushed Almonds from Heartbeet Kitchen


Pumpkin Pie Bites from Paleo Leap

Paleo Pumpkin Pie from Cook Eat Paleo

Healthy Pumpkin Pie from Chocolate Covered Katy

Gluten Free Pumpkin Cheesecake from Gluten Free on a Shoestring

Paleo Pecan Pie from the Healthy Foodie

Healthy 4-Ingredient Chocolate Mousse from the Roasted Root

Almond Flour Zucchini Bread from Against All Grain

Healthy Flourless Pumpkin Breakfast Cake from Big Man’s World

Pumpkin Bake from Former Fitness Flunky

Paleo and Vegan Apple Crisp from Detoxinista

Hope you found some delicious inspiration from these healthier Thanksgiving recipes.  A big thank you to all of the amazing chefs and cooks who take the time to develop and share their amazing recipes.  If you have a great recipe to share feel free to leave your link in the comments!

About the Author
Alicen Ronan is a Kansas City personal trainer, fitness coach and writer. She has been a certified personal trainer since 2009 when she decided that she wanted to help others make positive lifestyle changes. She is available for personal training and fitness coaching 7 days a week both in the Kansas City metro and virtually.

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