Link Love: Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

4,500 – The average number of calories eaten per American on Thanksgiving.

This whopping number makes us feel that as a nation, we’re not giving nearly enough thanks to our bodies. Even with exercise to the rescue, that splurge would take a 155-pound person six hours of running to burn it all off. If you’re taking a slow jog around the track, make that ten hours.

Rather than take on that fitness feat, this year we’re making a commitment to give thanks to our health. Join us as we celebrate Thanksgiving both by practicing moderation, and also by revamping some of our favorite holiday dishes. The menu below allows you to dig into many of the classics with a slightly healthier spoon, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie included.

Choose one or two to bring to your celebratory table, and then allow yourself to enjoy what else is offered. Just be mindful not to go too overboard so you can walk away feeling energized and thankful (rather than passed out on the couch!).
Baked Greens Casserole

Green Sans Bean Casserole: Baked Greens Casserole with Crusty Crumb Topping via Cia Chow

Green Beans with Garlic and Almonds

Green Beans: Green Beans with Garlic and Almonds via Olivia’s Cuisine

Garlic Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes: Garlic Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes via Fitness Magazine

Creamy Garlic Cauliflower Mash

Mashed “Potatoes”: Creamy Garlic Cauliflower Mash via Kimberly Layton

Creamy Garlic Cauliflower Mash

Gravy: Porcini Mushroom Gravy via Veganosity

Sweet Potatoes with Sesame and Goat Cheese

Sweet Potatoes: Sweet Potatoes with Honey, Feta & Sesame via Poppies and Papayas


Sweet Potato Casserole: Skinny Maple Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecans via Scrumptiously Skinny

Brussel Sprout Salad

Brussels Sprouts: Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Coconut Bacon and Dijon Maple via FoodFitnessFreshAir

Hazelnut Apple Stuffing

Stuffing: Quinoa Stuffing with Apple Sweet Potato and Hazelnuts via Family Fresh Cooking

Vegetarian Cauliflower Stuffing

Cornbread Stuffing: Vegetarian Dressing with Cauliflower and Mushrooms via Healthy Aperture

Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Sauce: Spiced Orange Cranberry Sauce via For the Love of Food

Herb Roasted Turkey

Turkey: Herb Roasted Turkey via Whole Living

Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie: Pumpkin Pie with Sweet and Salty Spiced Pecan Crust via Oh She Glows

4 Comments on “Link Love: Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes”

  1. This line up looks delicious! Thanks for including my Baked Greens!

  2. Linda and Alex @ Veganosity says:

    Thank you for featuring our vegan gravy, along with all of the other wonderful recipes!

  3. Kimberly says:

    Yum! Thanks so much for sharing my Garlic Cauliflower Mash! 🙂


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