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5 Healthy Recipes to Try at Thanksgiving or After

By Brandi Goodman 

Thanksgiving is around the corner, making now the time to start planning your holiday menu. These dishes don't have to be eaten on Thanksgiving only. Use them at Christmas or any other time of year where a large meal is necessary. Give a try to some healthy recipes that will spruce up your holiday table and make it more beneficial to everyone eating.

Pumpkin Soup

Soup may not normally be on your Thanksgiving menu but it should be. A pumpkin soup is the perfect addition since the orange food is popular this time of year. Skip the store-bought pumpkin puree and take the flesh of a carved pumpkin and use it for your dish. This will save you calories and provide more nutrition.

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

These aren't actually potatoes at all, but they closely resemble the popular dish. You'll need to cook cauliflower, leeks, and garlic over the stop before pureeing them in a food processor. A blender will help you to get a smoother mixture if that's what you desire. Use pepper to add some seasoning and a bit of unsalted butter if that's what you prefer. No butter is better for the body. 

Honey-Glazed Sweet Potatoes

Canned sweet potatoes are often full of sugar or seasonings. Skip this kind and grab some whole sweet potatoes from the produce section instead. You can create your own dish that still provides a sweet taste using a honey-glaze recipe. Honey, a bit of brown sugar, water, and olive oil are all you need. A chopped herb of your choice, such as sage or thyme, also helps to bring out the flavor. 

Honey Whole Wheat Bread

Some sort of bread or rolls are often served with a holiday meal. Make a honey whole wheat bread from scratch to save on calories from store-bought versions. It can take some practice to get this recipe right but it will be worth it in the end when you have a healthy bread option to enjoy. 

Pumpkin Hazelnut Tea Cake

A pumpkin pie might be the dessert of choice for many people but it's not your only option. Create something a bit healthier and smaller in size so people consume less sugar. A pumpkin hazelnut tea cake is a great option.  Use the flesh of a pumpkin after carving.

Thanksgiving is usually full of foods that are fattening and high in calories. Enjoy some healthier dishes to change up your options and keep nutrition at the forefront of the meal. There's lots of great dishes out there that provide the vitamins our bodies need.

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

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