Traditional thanksgiving recipes are passed down from generation to generation and their delicious flavor is hard to beat, but unfortunately, those traditional recipes tend to be pretty unhealthy. High amounts of sugar, fat, sodium, and carbohydrates create a serious health risk, especially for family members with underlying health conditions. It’s hard to break away from the same dishes you’ve always made but trying something new is always fun! Give these thanksgiving recipes a try this year to make your festivities healthier for everyone.
Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Honey and Cinnamon
This dish is a simple, quick, and easy side dish that’s sure to please. All you need is 4 sweet potatoes, olive oil, honey, and cinnamon. A little salt and pepper never hurt either! Cube the sweet potatoes and spread them on a baking sheet, then drizzle with the other ingredients and roast at 375 for 25-30 minutes. As easy as that you have a sweet and savory side that’s good for you too!
Apple pie is a thanksgiving favorite, but it definitely isn’t healthy. This apple crisp recipe is a healthier take on a traditional apple pie. In about an hour you can prep, cook, and serve this yummy dessert that will leave people asking for seconds. Plus, it goes great with a low-sugar vanilla ice cream! Most of the ingredients are common items that you likely already have in your home, so it’s great as a last-minute dessert option too!
Tart Cranberry Sauce
Opening a can of cranberry sauce is easy and traditional, but it’s no secret that the flavor and presentation has room for improvement. Alton Brown has perfected this tart cranberry sauce recipe that looks like it took ages to make, but actually takes less than an hour! Natural ingredients are combined and then blended into a smooth and delicious sauce that will pair perfectly with your other Thanksgiving favorites.
Checkout this page for more healthy thanksgiving recipes! From vegan to vegetarian and even gluten free stuffing, there’s something for everyone. You can also put a healthy twist on your family recipes by using sugar substitutes, oil instead of butter, and replacing salt with other flavorful spices. Thanksgiving is the perfect time to get creative in the kitchen. Your dinner can be both healthy and enjoyable, plus, your family will be excited to try something that’s new and exciting!