6 Healthy Thanksgiving Dishes to Make At Home
That time of year is upon us, with Thanksgiving marking the start of the holiday season. It’s a season of love, fun, connection, and, of course, delicious food.
But the holiday season can also make healthy eating a lot harder. With the abundance of food and celebration, temptations can become hard to resist. And if you break your diet, or don’t start one in the first place, that’s ok! The holidays are not a time for feeling shame about what you eat, nor should you ever feel that way.
For those who do want to stick to healthy eating this Thanksgiving, there are some great options that are both delicious and nutritious. Let’s take a look at six healthy Thanksgiving meals to help give you a delicious holiday.
1. Roasted vegetables
This one doesn’t have a specific recipe, but it’s definitely worth an honorable mention. Regular portions of vegetables and fruits are good for you, and Thanksgiving is no exception.
While there are many great ways to enjoy vegetables, roasting them may be best. Roasted vegetables can get a much richer flavor and texture than other ways of cooking them. And you can have fun with making them how you want. Do you want them full of herbs? No problem. A little bit spicy? You can do that. However you make them, roasted vegetables are a great Thanksgiving side.
2. Thanksgiving cauliflower
While we’re talking about vegetables, this Thanksgiving cauliflower can be a delicious and healthy alternative to potatoes. And it’s even got gravy!
On top of a little bit of butter and salt, this cauliflower is packed full of garlic and autumnal herbs, like sage and rosemary. The gravy has all of these herbs plus mushrooms and vegetable broth. It’s a good substitute to heavier mashed potatoes, and can be much better for your body and mind.
3. Rosemary roasted potatoes
If you don’t want to give up your potatoes, these rosemary roasted potatoes are a great healthy Thanksgiving meal option. They’re simple yet flavorful, with rosemary, salt, olive oil, and garlic. Roasted in the oven until they’re perfectly tender, they make a great side for whatever else you cook up.
4. Pear, sage, and golden raisin stuffing
Stuffing is a Thanksgiving classic that you wouldn’t want to go without. But there’s nothing wrong with changing it up a little and adding a twist. This stuffing gets you the classic taste with some delicious additions.
This stuffing is stuffed (pun intended) with raisins, pears, sage, onions, carrots, celery, and even a little bit of bacon! It’s a great blend of flavors that will be sure to satisfy.
5. Herb-roasted turkey breast
You didn’t think we would forget the turkey, did you? Thanksgiving wouldn’t be the same without it. And this delicious turkey breast is a great way to go. It’s got rosemary, sage, thyme, olive oil, mustard, and other flavors. It’s a healthier way to cook up the classic meat that everyone loves.
6. Smoked salmon salad in cucumber cups
If you don’t like turkey, or want another protein option, this salmon is the way to go. Out of all the fish in the sea, salmon may be the best, so there’s no reason not to include it in a Thanksgiving dinner.
Not only is the smoked salmon good on its own, but it’s served in cups made of hollowed-out cucumbers. It’s delicious, appealing, and served in small portions. What’s not to like?
From roasted vegetables to raisin stuffing to smoked salmon, there are plenty of options for you to enjoy healthy Thanksgiving meals. And there are certainly many more that you could find or create on your own. So relax, enjoy your holiday and, most importantly, enjoy the food!