40 Healthy Thanksgiving Sides

by | Nov 10, 2022

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!

3 tips for healthy 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,
    1. Swap the cream of mushroom soup in green bean casserole with milk and Greek yogurt.
    2. 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. 
    3. 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! 

40 Healthy Thanksgiving Sides

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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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