5 Popular Thanksgiving Dishes Made Healthy!
Thanksgiving is just one week away! If you’re hosting this year, or even whipping up a delicious dish to take over to your friends or family, then we recommend figuring out your menu now, instead of leaving it till the last minute.
Stuffing, turkey and cranberry are the fundamental staples of turkey day, however many recipes include fatty and unhealthy ingredients such as white bread, cream and gravy.
Healthy does not have to be boring and we’ll prove it to you with these healthier takes on 5 delicious thanksgiving favorites. Not only will you feel better after your meal, you won’t have to deal with skin issues in the days after indulging.
So roll up your sleeves and get ready to whip up some of the best Thanksgiving recipes that will have your friends and family begging for the details!
When it comes to Thanksgiving, it’s not complete without the turkey! If you’re looking for a healthier spin on it this year, try this simple roasted garlic and herb version. With minimal ingredients you might think it won’t turn out tasty enough… but just wait until you smell what’s coming from your kitchen when this bird is on.
Turkey is an excellent source of an amino acid called L-tryptophan which helps to calm the mind and boost the mood so you can feel good about eating this bird!
You can’t have a turkey without the stuffing! We know you might already have grandma’s secret recipe on the menu… but why not try something a little different this year? This savory sage and sweet apple, gluten-free version turns regular homestyle stuffing on it’s head since there is no bread! Filled with onion, celery, and hints of sage and rosemary…you won’t be able to get enough.
Apples are an excellent source of antioxidants and zinc to keep your skin healthy and clear!
Scallop potatoes are a side dish favorite on Thanksgiving, and while incredibly tasty, it’s usually filled with cream, and loads of cheese. What sets this recipe apart is that not only is it made with sweet potatoes, there’s no fattening ingredients so you can indulge all you want.
Sweet potatoes are rich in beta-carotene which is converted into Vitamin A in the body. This antioxidant vitamin works alongside Vitamin C to keep skin cells healthy and the complexion more youthful as Vitamin C helps to promote the formation of collagen.
A side that includes festive cranberries is a must on Thanksgiving! This scrumptious recipe includes butternut squash which is rich in a class of antioxidants called carotenoids. Carotenoids give squash their vibrant color and it provides excellent benefits for both your health and your skin.
These powerful antioxidants help to fight skin inflammation and free radicals to keep the skin ageless and glowing.
What’s a good Thanksgiving without a delicious pumpkin pie? Instead of the usual condensed milk, custard, and sugar used in traditional pie, why not start your own tradition with this healthier Paleo version. It’s gluten free, dairy free, and refined sugar free. Good for your belly and good for you.
Pumpkin provides antioxidants, vitamins, nutrients and minerals to keep your skin gorgeous, and because this pie does not contain age-contributing sugar you can feel free to enjoy more than just one slice without any guilt!
We hope you enjoy these yummy recipes and enjoy your healthiest (and tastiest!) Thanksgiving yet.
Tamryn is a licensed Esthetician who enjoys blogging about natural skincare and nutrition. She is currently working toward a Registered Holistic Nutritionist designation. She spends her spare time listening to music, being outdoors, and reading.