Don’t lie, on Thanksgiving you’re going to gorge yourself, and you’re most likely not even going to try NOT to! You plan on it! Well, it’s okay. At least you can make some healthier side dishes so that you don’t feel TOO horrible about it!
(Pssst… there’s a whole new round up for this year! Check it out here: 50+ Paleo Thanksgiving Recipes.)
This mashed sweet potato recipe by Little Leopard Book is a healthier alternative to your normal mashed potatoes recipe. Sweet potatoes has more vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber, less calories, and less carbs than your regular white potatoes.
This oven roasted asparagus is my recipe! It’s so easy, all you have to do is pretty much pop up in the oven, and then when it comes out, it is tasty. Kind of crispy, and very flavorful with the garlic powder.
If you’re actually already planning to use sweet potatoes in another dish, you can also try something a little different to substitute your Mashed Potatoes: Mashed Cauliflower. Here’s a paleo mashed cauliflower recipe by Everyday Maven to try!
You got to have some greens to be healthy! So here’s a yummy version of green beans. Rather than a green bean casserole recipe, you can choose to go lighter with this roasted green bean recipe by Nom Nom Paleo. (If you have concerns about green beans being a legume, which generally you would avoid on Paleo, you might be interested to learn the health benefits of green beans and why many paleo dieters make an exception for this legume here.)
Brussels sprouts is another healthy green you can have on Thanksgiving. This Roasted Brussels Sprouts by Detoxinista is cooked with balsamic vinegar and looks delicious to try!
Can’t have Thanksgiving without cranberry sauce! Ok, actually, you can, I do it almost every year… but I should change that! Check out this super healthy version of cranberry sauce that doesn’t require a cup of sugar by Cook Eat Paleo.
This roasted butternut squash recipe is one of mine! You can roast your butternut squash in your oven, and it’s a big amount of food so you can cut it up in to more pieces to share with your family and friends!