by | Nov 20, 2018 | 2 comments

healthy thanksgiving recipes

Over the years, I’ve shared many thoughts on how to stay healthy on Thanksgiving in the past.  You can read about my favorite tip, the 1/3 of the plate rule, in this post, and read my 2013 tips to enjoy Thanksgiving happily and healthily (#1 is my favorite!) here.  I even have a webinar about how to make it through the holidays healthily!

Rather than rehash all of those tips, today I’m sharing my top 10 healthy Thanksgiving recipes.  If you haven’t yet finalized your Thanksgiving menu, it’s time to get clicking!  These are all gluten-free, relatively healthy (it’s not about being “perfect” – on Thanksgiving, or any day, for that matter!), and of course, tasty!  Enjoy!


(By the way, did you hear that the Tiny Turkey is this year’s biggest Thanksgiving trend?  I LOVE this idea – less waste, healthier turkeys, healthier eaters!)


  • The Pioneer Woman’s Beautiful Brussels Sprouts
  • Kalyn’s Kitchen’s Brussels Sprouts Salad with Bacon, Almonds, and Parmesan

    healthy thanksgiving recipes

    Kalyn’s Kitchen – Brussels Sprouts Salad with Bacon, Almonds, and Parmesan

  • Fannetastic Food’s Healthy Mashed Potatoes (yep, I’m even including them as “veggies” not “starchy sides” since they have such nutrition power punches!)
  • Vintage Lyons’ Share’s Green Bean Casserole (OK, to me, this recipe shows how far I’ve come, and kind of makes me chuckle! Today, I would use a combination of almond meal and coconut flour instead of panko breadcrumbs, would go with the full-fat sour cream, and may even substitute potato starch or tapioca starch for cornstarch.  But it’s still a great recipe!)
  • Fannetastic Food’s Spiced Mashed Sweet Potatoes
  • One Lovely Life’s Sweet Potato Casserole (note that this one is pretty high in sugar, and even though it comes from maple syrup, I would still consider it a holiday treat!)

    healthy thanksgiving recipes

    One Lovely Life – Sweet Potato Casserole

  • Lexi’s Clean Kitchen’s Perfect Roasted Vegetables


(note that these are still desserts!  Just healthiER ones 😊)

Now it’s your turn … What is your favorite Thanksgiving recipe (healthy or not-so-much)?  What will you do to tap into the feeling of gratitude this Thanksgiving?


  1. KalynsKitchen

    Thanks for the shout-out for my Brussels Sprouts Salad! I make that almost every year!

    • Megan Lyons

      Of course, Kalyn! Thanks for your delicious, beautiful, and healthy recipe! 🙂


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