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5 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes to Try

By Brandi Goodman 

Thanksgiving is celebrated with a feast by many families. Most of the offerings typically seen are not health-friendly, however, with fattening, calorie-filled appetizers and sides making up the majority of the menu. That doesn't even include the dessert afterward. Make your Thanksgiving a healthier one with the help of a few recipes.

Maple-Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potato casserole is a classic Thanksgiving dish. It's full of sugar and calories due to the marshmallows however. Skip this unhealthy option and go with a better choice, such as maple-roasted sweet potatoes. Start with peeled and cut sweet potatoes and pure maple syrup. Butter, lemon juice, and a bit of pepper are also necessary in this recipe. You'll get some sweetness without overdoing it.

Fall Chopped Salad With Spinach, Butternut Squash, Apples, and Cheddar

Many people skip the salad on Thanksgiving or bring out a basic side salad to get some green on their plates. Create a salad fit for fall and you'll have more people putting it on their plates. A fall chopped salad with spinach, butternut squash, apples, and cheddar combines many popular autumn flavors into a colorful dish. 

Parsnip Mash With Olive Tapenade

Mashed potatoes are a staple in many households, but they aren't the healthiest option. Substitute for a parsnip mash instead with olive tapenade for a unique and nutritious take on the dish. Parsnips, butter, kosher salt, unsweetened almond milk, and olive tapenade blend together to make up this side. 

Chorizo, Chestnut, Brussels Sprouts, and Apple Stuffing

Stuffing is another common sight to see at the Thanksgiving table. If you don't want a calorie-filled choice, try a unique take instead. Chorizo, chestnut, Brussels sprouts, and apple stuffing provides lots of fiber, protein, folate, Vitamin A, and potassium. 

Cranberry Crumble Bars

You can't leave dessert off the menu. Try some homemade crumble bars rather than purchasing a pie from the store. One bar provides 4 grams of protein and lots of Vitamin A, calcium, and potassium. Use a sugar substitute so you can cut back and unsalted butter instead of salted.

Celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday and others to come with healthy dishes. You don't have to consume fattening foods to make it worthwhile. Plenty of healthy choices exist that are just as delicious and a lot less likely to make you feel so guilty the next day.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Pace, Fla.

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