50 Healthier Thanksgiving Recipes

Thanksgiving through the New Year can be a challenging time for your health. The carbo-loaded meals and sugar-filled desserts present nearly everywhere you look can weaken your immune system and spike insulin levels. As a result, you’re more susceptible to getting sick and gaining weight.

How do you enjoy Holiday foods and stay healthy? The good new is that you don’t have to give up your favorites. Instead, plan two “cheat” meals per week. For all non-cheat meals, here’s a list of 50 healthy, low-sugar, gluten-free, paleo-friendly recipes. Now you can enjoy delicious food, while keeping away colds and preventing a Holiday belly bulge.

Appetizers, Soups & Salads

1. Arugula, Fennel and Apricot Salad
2. Bacon-Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Cream Cheese
3. Beet and Blood Orange Salad with Mint
4. Caramelized Pear Salad with Goat Cheese
5. Chicken Liver Mousse with Pickled Onion
6. Creamy Butternut Squash Soup
7. Escarole and Fennel Salad with Pears and Gruyère
8. Fall Harvest Salad
9. Fennel and Celery Salad with Pumpkin Seeds
10. Italian Style Sausage Skewers
11. Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus
12. Quick Liver Pâté
13. Roasted Baby Pears with Herbed Goat Cheese
14. Roasted Pumpkin Soup
15. Sweet & Spicy Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Main Course

1. Apple Cider-Brined Turkey with Savory Herb Gravy
2. Heritage Turkey
3. Perfect Roast Turkey
4. Roasted Brined Turkey
5. Roast Turkey with Truffle Butter


1. Apple Sausage (grain-free) Stuffing
2. Bacon Braised Green Beans
3. Bacon Brussels Sprouts
4. Bacon-Cheddar Mashed Potatoes
5. Braised Bacon Apple Cabbage
6. Braised Fennel
7. Broiled Asparagus with Lemon
8. Brussels Sprouts with Walnuts, Balsamic and Mint
9. Caramelized-Onion Mashed Potatoes
10. Chive and Garlic Mashed Potatoes
11. Cranberry Sauce
12. Creamed Onions with Thyme and Sage
13. Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes
14. Garlic Hasselback Potatoes with Herbed Sour Cream
15. Green Beans With Bacon Vinaigrette
16. Green Beans With Brown Butter
17. Green Bean Salad With Walnuts, Fennel, and Goat Cheese
18. Kale with Garlic and Peppers
19. Mashed Potatoes with Garlic and Mascarpone
20. Roasted Acorn Squash with Maple Butter
21. Roasted Cauliflower
22. Roasted Brussels Sprouts
23. Roasted Potatoes, Carrots, Parsnips and Brussels Sprouts
24. Roasted Spaghetti Squash
25. Roasted/Mashed Sweet Potatoes
26. Sautéed Escarole With Leeks
27. Sautéed Brussels Sprouts
28. Shiitake-Squash Mashed Potatoes
29. Steamed Carrots with Garlic-Ginger Butter
30. Turnip and Parsnip Puree

Additional Info

Your Guide to a Healthier Holiday Season
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