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50 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes You Need to Try

Who says Thanksgiving has to be fattening? These 50 healthy Thanksgiving recipes prove that we can still revel in delicious comfort food and seasonal, holiday flavors without the heavy, inflammatory ingredients that often come with traditional Thanksgiving dinner recipes. Swap in some of these festive and healthy Thanksgiving appetizers, sides, snacks, mains, desserts and even leftovers recipe ideas at your Thanksgiving table this year and see for yourself–food can taste as good as it makes you feel!

These 50 healthy Thanksgiving recipes prove that we can still revel in delicious comfort food and seasonal, holiday flavors without the heavy, inflammatory ingredients that often come with traditional Thanksgiving dinner recipes. Swap in some of these festive and healthy Thanksgiving appetizers, sides, snacks, mains, desserts and even leftovers recipe ideas at your Thanksgiving table this year and see for yourself--food can taste as good as it makes you feel!

UPDATE: This post was originally published in November 2017.

Thanksgiving just might be my favorite holiday of the year. Food, friends, family, football, wine–what’s not to love?!

There’s often a temptation with any holiday, but especially Thanksgiving, to go overboard and throw all our healthy eating to the wind. While you all know that I’m definitely one to indulge sometimes with my trusty 80:20 rule, it’s all too easy on Thanksgiving to stuff ourselves silly, and then feel the icky side effects for hours–or days!–to come.

This year, avoid the sleepy, bloated, have-to-put-on-my-elastic-pants feeling by setting up your holiday table with these healthy Thanksgiving recipes!

We break it down into appetizers, soups + salads, snacks + breads, drinks + smoothies, sides, mains, desserts, and even recipe ideas for how to use all those leftovers!

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The 50 Best Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

The 50 Best Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes: Appetizers, Soups + Salads

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes: Appetizers, Soups + Salads

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The 50 Best Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes: Snacks + Breads

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The 50 Best Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes: Drinks + Smoothies

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The 50 Best Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes: Sides

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The 50 Best Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes: Mains

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The 50 Best Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes: Desserts

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes: Desserts

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The 50 Best Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes: Leftovers

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes: Leftovers

What are your favorite healthy Thanksgiving recipes? Let us know in the comments below!

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21 comments on “50 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes You Need to Try”

  1. Asparagus wrapped in prosciutto is delicious but NOT healthy! I’d never put it on a list of “Healthy Dishes”!! Prosciutto is a processed food, not a natural food. Processed meats like ham, prosciutto and bacon have been proven to increase a person’s risk for several cancers SUBSTANTIALLY. Reliable studies. One study concluded that eating preserved meats is as bad for health as smoking cigarettes. Maybe overstated. I eat prosciutto occasionally. Love it. But a recipe with prosciutto as a major ingredient does not belong in a list of recipes trumpeted as “healthy.”

    • Hi Anne – I agree that processed meats are not usually healthy, but I do eat them in moderation, especially something like bacon that I get antibiotic-, nitrate- and hormone-free, uncured and sugar-free from Butcher Box. We all have different definitions of ‘healthy’ and I think asparagus wrapped in prosciutto is still a better option than a lot of other foods out there. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I just made the paleo pumpkin muffins and they are delish! My husband said they have wonderful flavor!

  3. I love all these healthy recipes! They are right up my wheelhouse and can’t wait to make a few of them!

  4. I’m all for hearty vegan soups this season! Great collection 🙂

  5. Excellent thanks giving recipes. I loved the Autumn kale salad with fennel. Yum!! Can’t wait to try it.

  6. OH. MY. GOSH. I seriously think I have to make allthethings. Every single recipe looks AMAZING! Definitely doing the apple crisp for SURE!

  7. All of these recipes are so amazing! Super keen on the vegan mac and cheese 😉

  8. Wow! So many amazing ideas for Thanksgiving I loved them all ,thanks for sharing 🙂

  9. So many great ideas for Thanksgiving! And those pumpkin chocolate swirl muffins are calling my name 🙂