Food for Thought – Thanksgiving Sides

Healthy Side Swaps for a Wholesome Thanksgiving Feast

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Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude, togetherness, and of course, a feast that often leans toward indulgence.

However, you can celebrate the season without compromising on health by making some simple yet impactful side dish swaps. Let's explore some delicious alternatives that will add a nutritious twist to your Thanksgiving table.

Cauliflower Mash Instead of Mashed Potatoes

Swap out traditional mashed potatoes for a lighter, low-carb option by using cauliflower. Whip it up with garlic, Greek yogurt, and a touch of Parmesan for a creamy and satisfying alternative that won’t weigh you down.

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Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash Instead of Traditional Casseroles

Move away from calorie-dense casseroles by preparing quinoa-stuffed acorn squash. Filled with a flavorful mixture of quinoa, herbs, and veggies, this dish offers a satisfying alternative that’s both nourishing and delicious.

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Lightened-Up Cranberry Sauce

Make your cranberry sauce from scratch using fresh cranberries, orange zest, and a touch of honey or maple syrup. This homemade version allows you to control the sweetness and avoid the high levels of added sugars found in many store-bought varieties.

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This Thanksgiving

Embrace the opportunity to make healthier choices without sacrificing the joy of a delicious meal. These simple side swaps will not only contribute to your well-being but also add a burst of flavor and color to your Thanksgiving spread. Here’s to a celebration that nourishes both body and soul!

– Krupa Patel, MPA, RD/LDN Registered Dietitian

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