10 healthy thanksgiving sides to battle the holiday bulge

it happens every year. you vow to revamp your holiday eating habits and stay on-track toward your goals, only to fall prey to the tantalizing assortment of creamy, cheesy, sugary, buttery goodies that traditionally grace your thanksgiving table. well not this year! this is the year of the goal-getter, and your time is now! and with this list of insanely delicious fitlosophy-approved thanksgiving sides, you won’t even feel like you’re missing out. bring it on, thanksgiving!

[beet + apple salad]

skip the ranch-soaked side salad and give this earthy root-veggie + fresh apple combo a go before you dig into the main courses. it’ll give you a healthy dose of vitamin C and fill you up with fiber, making you less likely to overeat.
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[quinoa + mushroom stuffed butternut squash]



this makes a handsome addition to your thanksgiving day spread, but it’s so much more than just a pretty face. rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants, this butternut squash side could also pull double-duty as a meatless main for vegetarian guests.
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[oven-roasted brussels sprouts with bacon]

let’s face it, the veggies aren’t typically the star of the show on thanksgiving, but these bacon-studded, vitamin + mineral-loaded little guys are a welcome break from convention.  
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[parmesan roasted cauliflower]

roasted cauliflower is our absolute favorite preparation of this anti-inflammatory superfood, and this delicious dish is no exception. with very little hands-on prep, it’s perfect for a busy day of cooking.
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[healthier green bean casserole]


we all love the ubiquitous green bean casserole, but sodium-laden cream of mushroom soup and canned fried onions? no bueno. this healthier overhaul is sans chemicals, and employs a homemade parmesan sauce for richness, and a panko topping for crunch.
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[simply herby stuffing]


as the name so aptly implies, this stuffing may be simple, but it packs some major garlicky flavor, and hardly any fat.
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[maple chipotle acorn squash with greek yogurt]

candied yams? no thanks! nosh on these naturally sweet, nutrient-packed, protein-topped veggies instead. all the satisfaction with none of the sugar overload.
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[garlic sweet potato mash]

sweet potatoes are sweet enough as-is. break away from the typical sugar-filled casserole and try this savory interpretation for a tasty change.
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[roasted rosemary fingerling potatoes]

skip the conventional butter- and cream-heavy mash, and opt for herby roasted taters instead. they’re just as delicious (especially with a little gravy drizzle), and you won’t consume hundreds of calories with just one serving.
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[spaghetti squash mac + cheese]

can’t ever resist the mac and cheese? well, with vitamin-packed spaghetti squash standing in for the macaroni, plus a broccoli addition, this is a low-carb, no-bloat “mac and cheese” you can feel good about.
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what’s your favorite healthy thanksgiving side? sharing is caring!

1 Response


November 23, 2015

oh my gosh the spaghetti squash mac + cheese looks so good! I’m going to bring that to Thanksgiving this year!

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