Want to plan out some healthy Thanksgiving sides but not sure where to start? We’ve rounded up 40 healthy Thanksgiving side dish recipes that will help you enjoy the spirit of the season while preparing nutritious meals for yourself and loved-ones.
How can I make a side dish healthy?
Traditional Thanksgiving side dishes are often high in calories and saturated fat and lack vegetables, fiber, and important micronutrients. But don’t worry, there are many ways to boost the nutrients in your favorite Thanksgiving sides!
Here are some tips to help make your Thanksgiving sides fun, healthful, and satisfying:
Utilize vegetables: It’s harvest season after all, so feel free to make veggies the star of the show! Roasted carrots, butternut squash, or brussels sprouts are perfect for this time of year! Dress them up with herbs and spices of your choice or a balsamic glaze for some extra flavor!
Adjust fan favorites: Many traditional thanksgiving side dishes can provide lots of nutrients with a few simple tweaks. For example,
Swap the cream of mushroom soup in green bean casserole with milk and Greek yogurt.
Make your own cranberry sauce with honey or maple syrup instead of store-bought varieties that often contain high fructose corn syrup and other additives.
Ditch the marshmallows in traditional sweet potato casserole and opt for a crunchy oat and pecan topping instead.
Alter the cooking method: Try streaming, baking, grilling, braising, or boiling your foods rather than deep frying them and use healthy, plant-based oils instead of butter when sautéeing.
Read below for dietitian-approved recipe ideas that will give you some inspiration and help you pump up your nutrition this holiday season!
Looking for an easy side dish recipe using up all those delicious winter squash and Brussels sprouts? Try making Roasted Fall Vegetables served with a Smoked Paprika Aioli sauce. Perfect to add to your holiday table!
Take green bean casserole to the next level with this fresh spin on traditional green bean casserole that uses fresh green beans and a perfect blend of bacon and cheese to tie all the ingredients together!
Create a beautiful side dish with this simple, 5-ingredient recipe for maple roasted squash wedges. This recipe is completely customizable so you get to choose your favorite squash pick or use up whatever squash you already have on hand.
These air fryer stuffed mushrooms are the easiest appetizer to make! You only need 4 ingredients and a few minutes of your time. Plus, mushrooms are filled with beneficial nutrients like potassium, B vitamins, and vitamin D.
Full oven? Break out the air fryer and try these delicious brussels sprouts with edamame. With just 4 ingredients and a few minutes in the air fryer, this recipe is an easy way to get some veggies on the table during the holidays.
Talk about the perfect party board! This bruschetta trio is so easy to make and has different flavor variations. Featuring three vegetarian options–a canned tomato bruschetta and two fruit bruschettas.
Who said snacks can't be a side?! Create this seasonal platter by layering over fall fruits, assorted cheeses, crackers, and nuts.
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Bio: Corrin and Sydney are both Registered-Dietitians-to-be from Westminster, Colorado who are passionate about helping others through food and nutrition. They are both currently Food Science and Human Nutrition majors at Colorado State University looking to graduate in 2023 and pursue their Masters in Dietetics. In their free time, Sydney and Corrin enjoy backpacking in the Colorado mountains, doing yoga, and cooking new recipes. They love sharing their passion for food with others and providing food inspiration on their Instagram page. You can connect with them on Instagram @nutri.liciouseats!
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