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 Americans for many reasons – a giant meal, family, friends and 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 for Thanksgiving Feast
Healthy Turkey Recipes:
- Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast
- Lemon-Garlic Roast Turkey & White Wine Gravy
- Turkey Roulade & Apple-Cider Gravy
Healthy Stuffing Recipes:
Thanksgiving Dinner Side Dishes
Healthy Green Bean Casserole Recipes:
Healthy Cranberry Sauce Recipes:
Healthy Sweet Potato Recipes:
- Sweet Potato-pecan Casserole
- Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes
- Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Honey and Cinnamon
Other Healthy Thanksgiving Sides:
Healthy Pumpkin Desserts:
Healthy Apple Desserts:
Next Day (Leftover Recipes)
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.
How to Have a Healthy Thanksgiving
Too often, we ruin our diets by overeating at Thanksgiving. It’s a little early to become Mr. and Mrs. Claus, so consider taking a few steps to manage your Thanksgiving feast.
- Eat normally. 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. It may curb your appetite and if you do end up eating more than normal, no sweat. (From eating, at least)
- Continue your diet the next day. Especially if you overdo it on Thanksgiving, it’s important to return to your healthy routine the next day.
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? Do you have any additional healthy recipe ideas? Leave them in the comments below.