Let’s be honest: eating healthy is hard.  It takes more time, preparation and it doesn’t always taste good. (In an ideal world, donuts would be healthy, right?) Thanksgiving is a…

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23 Healthy Recipes for Your Thanksgiving Meal

Let’s be honest: eating healthy is hard.  It takes more time, preparation and it doesn’t always taste good. (In an ideal world, donuts would be healthy, right?) Thanksgiving is a much anticipated holiday for us Americans for many reasons – a giant meal, family and friends, football!

To ensure the holidays are still fun, and a little healthier, we have a list of some healthy AND delicious recipes for you to try this year!

Main Dish
Lemon-Garlic Rub For Turkey

Healthy Turkey:

Stuffing:

Sides

Cranberry Cherry Walnut Marmalade

Green Bean:

Cranberry Sauce:

Sweet Potato:

Other:

DessertPumpkin Brulee Cheesecake

Pumpkin:

Apple:

Next Day Next Day Turkey Salad

No one likes having the same meal for a whole week after Thanksgiving. Here are some recipes you can use to reinvent your holiday feast.

More Healthy Thanksgiving Tips

Too often, we tend to ruin our diets by overeating during the Thanksgiving season. It’s a little early to become Mr. and Mrs. Claus, so in order to eat a healthy amount, just follow these tips:

    • Eat normally throughout the day – don’t starve yourself that day to make more room for Thanksgiving dinner!
    • Plan your portion sizes. A trick for this is to get a smaller plate – you won’t be able to pile it with as much food as a big one, and you’ll eat less.
    • Drink plenty of water throughout the day and during the Thanksgiving meal.
    • Work out before the meal – this way, if you do end up eating more than normal, no sweat. (From eating, at least.)
    • Continue on your diet the next day – especially if you overdo it a bit on Thanksgiving, it’s important to immediately return to your healthy routine afterward.

It’s easy to get fixated on our diets – however healthy or unhealthy they are. Let’s not forget that, in the end, Thanksgiving is about being grateful for what we have, enjoying family and friends and making lasting memories together. So above all else, enjoy the day!

What are some ways you strive to stay healthy over the holiday season?

Katie is 1Dental’s copywriter and social media marketer. She aims to promote dental health through new blog posts and social media updates and outreach. Katie has completed her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies. You’ll find her posting regularly on 1Dental’s social pages: Facebook, Google+, Twitter and Pinterest.

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2 Comments
  1. The thing to remember about Thanksgiving is that we eat ALL DAY LONG! Remember to drink plenty of water and minimize the sugary drinks in order to cut back on the amount of sugar you’re consuming. Have small portions of everything so you get a little bit of all your favorite dishes without overdoing it.

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