From Turkey Stuffing to Apple Pie—Here’s How You Can Make Classic Thanksgiving Dishes Healthier

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and if you still haven’t started preparing for your big family dinner, now’s a perfect time. Most popular dishes associated with this holiday aren’t extremely healthy, but this brief guide will help you make them a little bit better.

Turkey Stuffing

Thanksgiving wouldn’t be the same without stuffed turkey, but the things you use as stuffing make all the difference. Sausage and bacon are two of the most popular options, but you can easily cut down on them and add some veggies to the mix.

Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes can be transformed into a healthy dish with several food switch-ups. Use Greek yogurt mixed with milk instead of heavy cream, try using less butter, ditch gravy, and consider replacing some of the potatoes with cauliflower.

Cranberry Sauce

Making homemade cranberry sauce is the best way to make sure it’s as healthy as possible. If you’re short on time, at least make sure to carefully check the labels when buying canned sauce.

Apple Pie

If apple pie happens to be your go-to Thanksgiving dessert, make sure you’re using fresh apples instead of canned apple pie filling, and avoid topping your pie with whipped cream to cut down on sugar and fat.


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