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4 Healthy Thanksgiving Sides

by Marissa on November 22, 2016

healthy thanksgiving sides

Every year we spend Thanksgiving at my mom and dad’s house in Louisville, Ky. and every year I come equipped with recipes for healthy Thanksgiving sides. This year, I arrived a full 10 days before Thanksgiving thinking it would give me plenty of time for me to plan my contribution of healthy Thanksgiving sides. Yet, here I am two days before Thanksgiving without a plan.

Last week, I was in over my head with an event each day – career day at my alma mater, a wellness workhsop at local barre studio and a cooking class at a local health food store. Over the weekend I was recording my audio book. Not to mention, until a couple days ago, the weather still felt like summer. 

Suffice to say, I think I’ll be pulling this year’s sides from some tried and true stand-bys. If, like me, you’re still in need of one or two healthy Thanksgiving sides, here you go! And not to worry, because not only are they healthy, they’re easy too.

One // Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Grapes and Walnuts. No Thanksgiving table is complete without Brussels Sprouts. This is a family favorite that finds it’s way onto our table year after year. 

healthy thanksgiving sides - roasted brussels sprouts with grapes and walnuts photo courtesy of MarthaStewart.com

Two // Sweet Potato-Turnip Mash. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. This is a healthy alternative to rich, high-carb mashed potatoes that won’t sacrifice any of the flavor. It’s also crazy comforting. 

healthy thanksgiving sides - sweet potato turnip mash

Three // Stuffed Delicata Squash. My favorite squash ever to cook with because it’s so versatile and tender. The addition of whole grains and crunchy veggies makes this a perfect Fall side dish. 

healthy thanksgiving sides - stuffed delicate squash

Four // Greens with Apricots and Fennel. Salad on your Thanksgiving table? Oh, yes! What better way to fill up on greens than with a fresh salad. The first year I did this, my family thought it was weird and now everyone loves it. Try it yourself! 

healthy thanksgiving sides - greens with apricots and fennel photo courtesy of RealSimple.com

 

What are your favorite healthy Thanksgiving sides? 

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