By Camille Marie Nutrition
Ah, it’s that time of year again. With delicious food and spending quality time with loved ones - who doesn’t love the holiday season?
But with that can sometimes come anxiety around food and the overeating that often takes place during the holidays. While it’s important to let yourself indulge when you want to, it’s also nice to have some healthy recipes in your back pocket so that you have some options that won’t leave you feeling heavy and sluggish afterward.
At Vizer, it’s part of our mission to help you develop healthier habits that make you feel your best. So we’ve compiled this list of healthy Thanksgiving recipes that will leave you feeling good! Bookmark this page so you can come back to it when it’s time to start planning for Thanksgiving dinner.
Healthy Thanksgiving Sides:
Potato Gratin with Herbs
What’s Thanksgiving without a potato dish? This is a staple Thanksgiving side, but traditional recipes are often full of cream and cheese - two ingredients sure to leave you feeling weighed down. Try this healthy potato gratin with herbs recipe instead!
Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta
Adding a delicious vegetable to your Thanksgiving dinner will add some nutrients and a beautiful pop of color to your plate. Brussels sprouts are in season in the Fall, which will make them an extra tasty addition to your Thanksgiving dinner. Try this caramelized brussels sprouts with pancetta recipe!
Lemon Maple Squash
Sometimes it’s fun to mix it up and try some less traditional Thanksgiving recipes, and that’s exactly what this lemon maple squash recipe is. This is the perfect recipe to try if you have guests with dietary restrictions.
Gravy is the perfect way to top your Thanksgiving plate & this recipe calls for fresh herbs, which will add the missing flavor you didn’t even know you needed. Check out this delicious vegan gravy recipe.
Mushroom & Green Beans Sauté
Here’s another vegetable side dish option. The flavors in this one are amazing, with the umami from the mushrooms, and it’s quick and easy to throw together. This mushroom & green bean recipe is a must-try!
Naturally Sweetened Cranberry Sauce
In our book, Thanksgiving dinner isn’t complete without cranberry sauce! If you agree, then you must give this healthy, naturally sweetened cranberry sauce recipe a try. The best part is that it only takes 10 minutes to whip up!
Healthy Thanksgiving Desserts:
Maybe I’m biased, but the healthy version of desserts often tastes better than their traditional counterparts. Don’t believe me? Try these healthy Thanksgiving dessert recipes and see for yourself!
Flourless Pumpkin Fudge Brownies
I just tried these for the first time last week and let me tell you, they are *chef’s kiss*. They are paleo, vegan, and sweetened with monk fruit - it doesn’t get better than that! This is my all-time favorite healthy Thanksgiving dessert. Get the full pumpkin fudge brownie recipe here.
Paleo Pecan Pie
Pecan pie is always a crowd-pleaser on Thanksgiving. And this better-for-you paleo version features ingredients like almond flour, coconut oil, and pure maple syrup, which give it an incredible flavor without the heaviness. Try this paleo pecan pie!
Vegan Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes
These are the perfect little desserts for a party. They are raw, paleo, and vegan, AND believe it or not, the recipe is super simple. They’re also very aesthetically pleasing, which is always an added bonus. Check out these mini pumpkin cheesecakes.
If you give any of these healthy Thanksgiving recipes a try, take a photo, tag Vizer on social, and let us know what you think! Happy cooking!