25+ Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes to Indulge In

“Healthy Thanksgiving” isn’t really something you hear every day. Everyone knows that Thanksgiving is the biggest dieting pitfall of the year. It’s the time of year that we tell ourselves that we’re going to make good, healthy choices.

We go into dinner with the best of intentions. Then Aunt Ruth asks why you aren’t married yet. And Grandma brings that obnoxious  yappy dog that doesn’t like children with her again. And your sister shows up with your ex. And Uncle Al and Aunt Betty are screaming at each other about who forgot the egg nog. So you tell yourself that comforting yourself with one spoonful of stuffing with gravy is a good idea. But one spoonful leads to another. And extra butter on those mashed potatoes. And pie. And wine.

Lots of wine.

Before you know it, you’ve comforted your way into a food coma and out of your favorite pair of jeans! This year, include a few of these healthy Thanksgiving side dishes in the menu. At least if you end up over-indulging, you won’t still be paying for it in January (unlike the food coma-induced Black Friday shopping spree!)

Spicy Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower – An Oregon Cottage

Healthy Green Bean Casserole – Heidi’s Home Cooking

Balsamic and Brown Sugar Roasted Carrots – Old House to New Home

Balsamic and Brown Sugar Roasted Carrots

Roasted Green Beans With Bacon – Hungry Hobby

Whole 30 Airfryer Rosemary Sweet Potatoes – Recipe This

Spinach Pine Nut Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette – See Lindsay

 Fig and Pancetta Stuffing  – My Life Cookbook

Balsamic Roasted Green Beans – The Rising Spoon

Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole – Joy  Food Sunshine

Skillet Mushroom Asparagus – My Home-Based Life

3-Ingredient Paleo Cranberry Sauce – Cook, Eat Paleo

Healthier Sauteed Apples – Texan Erin

Paleo or Vegan Sweet Potato Casserole – One Lovely Life

Parmesan Garlic Veggie Fries – My Life Cookbook

Low Fat Garlic Chive Mashed Potatoes and Roast Acorn Squash – Shrimp Salad Circus

Cucumber Greek Salad – Kenarry

Healthy Butternut Squash Fries – 3 Boys and a Dog

Healthy Garlic Roasted Mashed Potatoes – Healthy Seasonal Recipes

Mushroom, Kale, and Cheddar Quiche – Hello Little Home

It wouldn’t be much of a list if we skipped dessert, would it?

Low Calorie Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread – At The Picket Fence

Healthy Apple Pie – Sugar Bee Crafts

Lighter Frozen Chocolate Mousse Pie – Love to be in the Kitchen

Easy Low Carb Pumpkin Pie – Wholesome Yum

Greek Yogurt Strawberry Banana Bread – Domestic Superhero

Greek Yogurt Peanut Butter Fruit Dip – Kenarry

With just a few basic ingredients, this greek yogurt fruit dip is a healthy option to enjoy with fresh fruit!

Do you have a favorite healthy Thanksgiving side dish idea? I’d love to hear it! 

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  1. Dawn M. Bean

    November 27, 2017 at 7:05 am
    I am looking forward to reading your blog enteries!
  2. Gal Colleen

    December 2, 2017 at 1:00 am
    I like the idea of "healthy" vs just overeating on Thanksgiving, makes it much more enjoyable.
  3. Rita Leonard

    December 3, 2017 at 10:45 am
    I love the idea of Fig and Pancetta Stuffing. It sounds delicious and incluldes two of my favorite things
  4. Sandy Klocinski

    December 11, 2017 at 2:44 pm
    I love your recipes! The Fig and Pancetta Stuffing sounds awesome!
  5. Beth Minyard

    December 11, 2017 at 4:08 pm
    These are such amazing recipes! I am definitely going to try a few. Thanks for posting
  6. Donna L.

    December 13, 2017 at 3:34 am
    Great ideas here, thanks.
  7. Adriane

    December 27, 2017 at 1:54 pm
    Those carrots look delicious!
  8. Molli Taylor

    December 29, 2017 at 12:21 pm
    well, i missed it for thanksgiving but i would love to make these on a regular day!
  9. Gwendolyn Jordan

    January 3, 2018 at 8:28 pm
  10. Dana

    January 14, 2018 at 8:19 pm
    I love some of these side dish ideas. I've never thought of turmeric cauliflower.

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