Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes – Better for you alternatives

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It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving is literally just a couple months away. If you're getting a jump on your holiday menu planning, you're going to want to check out these healthy Thanksgiving side dishes. Although you might argue that nothing replaces traditional mashed potatoes with cream and butter, I hope you find a new favorite on this list of healthy Thanksgiving sides.

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Healthy Thanksgiving Sides – 20 Better for you alternatives

I say it's never too early to plan for holiday meals. Even if you go mostly traditional, it's fun to switch it up and try some new side dishes for Thanksgiving.

Although we are still planning on traditional turkey, I'm excited to add some new healthier Thanksgiving side dishes. If someone at your dinner table is trying to watch their fat and calories or is following a Paleo eating plan, there are lots of options on this list.

Take a few minutes and peruse these healthy Thanksgiving side dish ideas. Maybe even make a few to compliment your regular weeknight dinners and see what you like and see what you might want to deem holiday table worthy.

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Healthy Thanksgiving Sides – Maybe not what you expected?

These healthy, easy side dishes for Thanksgiving dinner might be healthier twists on familiar favorites, like green bean casserole or something totally outside the box like mushroom masala. Even if you goo 100 percent traditional trying one new dish and making it a healthier option. Better for you doesn't have to mean tasteless. 

I haven't completely nailed down my menu yet but here is a sneak peek of some of the options that I'm thinking about for healthy Thanksgiving side dishes. Which ones look good to you? 

Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dish green bean casserole makeover
Love this Green Bean Casserole makeover that still has all the traditional flavors. You won't miss the cream of mushroom soup. Maybe.

If you're on the hunt for Healthy Thanksgiving Sides like I am, here is a great list to help get you started!


Apple and Raisin Stuffed Acorn Squash 

Healthy Butternut Squash and Leek Galette 

Healthy Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes 

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Pear Applesauce

Paleo Pumpkin Spice Cookies 

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes 

Maple Roasted Squash Rings 

Gluten-Free Sausage and Apple Rice 

Keto-friendly Pumpkin Pie Cloud Bread 

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
This Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Coconut milk from the Evolving Kitchen is special enough for your holiday table but easy enough for every day.

Dairy-free Paleo Peach Pie 

Chickpea Pumpkin Biryani 

Mushroom Masala 

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Coconut Milk 

Veggie Rose Tart

Green Bean Casserole 

Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower 

Roasted Carrots with Scallions 

Paleo Sweet Potato Casserole 

Paleo Mashed Cauliflower Kale 

Tomato & Basil Salad 

It's no secret that the side dishes at Thanksgiving really do steal the show. Don't get me wrong…turkey is great and all, but those sides? Outta this world. I can't seem to find enough room on my plate to make them all fit during the first trip. This is why I'm hunting for some healthy side dishes for Thanksgiving dinner so I don't feel as guilty going back for trip 2 and trip 3!

Keep in mind that it really is possible to take the majority of Thanksgiving side dishes and add some sort of healthy (or at least healthier) spin to them. Sugar can be substituted with honey or a sugar alternative, and most flours and other ingredients can be swapped out to be gluten-free. If you can't have the breading (or don't want it) try to find things that have a crunch that you can swap out instead.

Healthy Thanksgiving Sides for your Holiday Table
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If you follow the Whole 30 or the Paleo diet, you know your limitations and you know them well. If you are craving a side dish but it's “off limits”, alter the recipe a bit so that you can eat it! And, if you use this one day out of the year to cheat a little bit, nobody's gonna get mad at you. But, check out this list of healthy Thanksgiving side dishes and maybe you won't need to cheat at all!

Other Thanksgiving posts you might enjoy:

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25 Awesome Sides and Extras for your Thanksgiving table – disclaimer: these are not “healthier for you” versions but there are some yummy ones in here too.

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