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Best Thanksgiving Recipes for a Healthy Holiday

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Best Thanksgiving Recipes for a Healthy Holiday

November 10th, 2020

Who doesn’t love Thanksgiving? There’s plenty of food, football and joy to spread around while we ignore the dishes piling up in the sink until the day after. But when we’re making the effort to stay healthy, the sweet, fatty and rich dishes often served during the holidays can be overwhelmingly tempting. Thankfully, you don’t have to sacrifice taste for health. Below are a few recipes that prove a healthy Thanksgiving is both possible and delicious.

7 Healthy Thanksgiving Dishes

  1. Herb-Roasted Turkey. While deep-fried turkey has become popular in more recent years (and for good reason), the cooking process can add unnecessary fat that none of us need. To keep your turkey healthy while still maintaining plenty of flavor, try this herb-roasted turkey. Not only is it flavorful, but it’s also low calorie, heart healthy, low on sodium and perfect for those with diabetes.
  2. Healthy Green Bean Casserole. Most of us love a good green bean casserole, but they can be loaded with heavy cream, buttered breadcrumbs and sometimes cheese. This healthy green bean casserole offers a healthier version of the classic dish by substituting out less nourishing ingredients for low-fat milk and whole-wheat breadcrumbs.
  3. Holiday Roasted Vegetables. If you find that you’re lacking a nice, simple dish in your holiday preparations, these roasted vegetables can help you round out your meal. Out of space in your oven? Toss these in an air frier and add a little more crispiness.
  4. Rosemary Roasted Potatoes. You can’t have Thanksgiving without potatoes, but what if you don’t want the calorie-laden butter and milk? Rosemary roasted potatoes are a delicious, healthier alternative.
  5. Butternut Squash Soup. Want something creamy without the actual cream? This butternut squash soup will do the trick. It’s the perfect dish for cutting out fatty dairy and keeping your calories down.
  6. Maple-Roasted Sweet Potatoes. Sweet potatoes seem to be a staple of Thanksgiving meals, but too often they’re drenched in sugar to make them sweeter. These maple-roasted sweet potatoes, on the other hand, use pure maple sugar to bring out the sweetness of the root vegetable. They’re also a wonderful side dish for those who are diabetic or watching their calories.
  7. Bloomin’ Apples. If you don’t have pumpkin pie, you likely have apple pie for Thanksgiving. But if you want something a little healthier, these Bloomin’ Apples are a great alternative. They have all the taste of an apple pie but without the crust, so it’s an ideal dessert for anyone who wants to cut down on carbs.

Join Garden Plaza of Florissant for a Healthy Thanksgiving

Garden Plaza wants to make a nutritious yet delectable Thanksgiving meal an easy choice for residents. That’s why we’re having a special Thanksgiving luncheon with traditional, homemade items. Come enjoy succulent turkey with gravy, cornbread dressing made from scratch, sweet potato pie and so much more. Then, when you’ve had your fill, spend some time with your loved ones! To learn more about how Garden Plaza can help you make your life healthier, contact our team today.

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