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Have a Healthy Side with Your Turkey: 4 Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Nov 18, 2015

What’s your favorite dish on the Thanksgiving table? Turkey is the obvious star, but what about the sides? If you’ve been working hard this year to lose weight, or you are on a diet, you might be a bit nervous about packing on the calories on Turkey day. Don’t worry, try one of these healthy spins on classic Thanksgiving sides.

Sweet Potato-Pecan Casserole

Traditional sweet potatoes are incredibly tasty, but they certainly aren’t the healthiest option. This version replaces butter with an egg, and whipped potatoes make this dish creamy and light. The pecans on top offer a great healthy crunch.

Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Shallots

Lighten this classic up by ditching the standard canned creamy soup and using low-fat milk to make the sauce you crave. Crispy shallots add that crunch to make this signature dish a favorite for many.

Herb and Apple Stuffing

Perhaps the second most popular menu item on the table at Thanksgiving is stuffing (or dressing). Keep the white loaf or the box of stuffing in the cupboard for this lighter, healthier choice. Use whole-wheat bread to help make this favorite a tad-bit little healthier.

Butternut Squash Soup

You can’t have Thanksgiving without a squash dish, right? It represents the warmth and heartiness of the season in many ways. You and your family will warm up with this Butternut Squash Soup recipe. Although this rich and hearty soup feels so thick and creamy, you’ll fool everyone because there’s no actual cream in the recipe.

Don’t let your diet and healthy lifestyle ruin your Thanksgiving, try these healthy side dishes from Food Network to lighten up your Thanksgiving feast. After you enjoy your day, keep your healthy lifestyle on track and work off those added calories at Fitness Together®. If you’re not a member, you can find a studio near you by visiting


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