Keepin’ it Clean for Thanksgiving: Recipes for Simple, Healthy Twists on Turkey Day Classics

November 14, 2018

Thanksgiving is a time when many of us are blessed enough to enjoy yummy food with our loved ones, and to reflect on and celebrate all that we have to be thankful for.

 

Thanksgiving feasts can also be a time when our clean eating goals go out the window in lieu of all the yummy goodies… but it doesn’t have to be! Now, we believe in balance, so we aren’t saying not to #treatyoself to your great aunt’s famous pumpkin pie (you definitely should!). But you can also do some turkey day swaps for healthier versions of the classics.

 

Check out the menu below for some of our favorite healthy and clean thanksgiving dishes!

 

Apps and Sides

Greek Yogurt Deviled Eggs: These high-protein deviled eggs are surprisingly easy! For a twist, try adding in some truffle oil - or if you like a kick, try some chopped up jalapenos on top!

Arugula + Fennel Salad with Balsamic-Dijon Vinaigrette: This simple fall salad is sure to please - your loved ones won’t believe the delicious dressing is homemade!

Roasted Brussels Sprouts + Cinnamon Butternut Squash: These are a few of our favorite things! This beautiful side dish is surprisingly easy - just marinate the veggies and toss them in a pan in the oven!

Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole: A healthier twist on this classic, sweetened with applesauce, is JUST as good as the real thing. (It’s also great prepared ahead!)

Vegan Creamed Corn: Yes, this is a thing. And it.is.so.good… We dare you not to go back for seconds!

 

Mains

Citrus Marinated Turkey: We love this take on turkey, which is inspired by a traditional Yucatán dish called “cochinita pibil”, a slow-roasted pork marinated in citrus and annatto paste - and is extra succulent!

Whole30 Holiday Ham: Even if you’re not doing Whole30, you’ll love the simplicity and deliciousness of this ham recipe!

 

Desserts

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies: These grain-free goodies are so yummy, no one believe they are guilt-free too!

Paleo Pecan Pie: Who doesn’t love a good pecan pie on thanksgiving?! Sweetened with date paste and maple syrup, you won’t get a yucky post-sugar high crash afterwards!

 

Adult Beverages (hint: these are just as good without the booze too for a family-friendly affair!)

Golden Milk Nog: Trust us on this one - you won’t regret it. Try it with rum, if you’re feeling frisky!

Fresh Cranberry Lime Fizz: What better way to get your cranberries on, than with this delectable concoction?!  

 

Have any other healthy and delicious Thanksgiving Recipes?! We wanna hear! Please share them with us in the #cleanfitfam Facebook group. :)

 

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