A Healthier Thanksgiving Is A Happier Thanksgiving – Recipes For Your Family Holiday

Enjoy these healthier, delicious alternative recipes to your favorite Thanksgiving sides and desserts.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and if your mind is spinning with gazillions of recipe options, don’t worry. We at The Smile Generation® have done our research, and we’re including here all the necessary makings of a healthy, but tasty Thanksgiving dinner — with easy-to-make, delicious recipes for many of your favorite holiday dishes. We’ve even included nutritional value comparisons between the traditional recipe and our alternate suggestion. Now, you can gobble away without worrying too much about your waistline!

Of course, we also can’t forget to mention healthy tips for your smile! To avoid building up too much acid in your mouth caused by the sugar and bacteria found in food, we suggest helping yourself to a balanced meal. A balanced meal means not having too much of one thing on your plate, whether it’s protein, vegetables or carbs. Also, try refraining from eating too many sticky foods like melted marshmallows from your candied yams as that will increase your risk of cavities. The same goes with soda, wine and coffee, which also create stains. Try sticking to water or even milk. Finally, before the turkey’s tryptophan effects kick in and you find yourself lulling away to sleep, remember to brush and floss! Your teeth – and your health – will thank you!

We hope you enjoy our recipes below! And speaking of brushing after eating, if you comment with your favorite, healthy Thanksgiving recipe, you’ll be entered to win a free electric toothbrush. Good luck!

Stuffing

Loaded with butter and salt, traditional stuffing is a tasty, but fattening Thanksgiving staple. Guess it makes sense that it’s called “stuffing!” Our healthy stuffing recipe cuts the calories by almost half!

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Candied Yams

Thanksgiving lovers would never forgive you if you don’t have candied yams as part of your Thanksgiving spread. The old-fashioned version is loaded with sugar and calories, but our heart-healthy version again cuts calories by half and really takes away the sugar rush!

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Green Bean Casserole

Thanksgiving might be a day of feasting, but no feast is complete without some form of veggies.  That’s where the classic green bean casserole comes in! Surprisingly (or not), the healthier version of green bean casserole is actually the old-fashioned way. Newer versions tend to have more ingredients in the mix, which ups the calories, sodium and cholesterol. So, for a guilt-free green bean casserole experience, use Momma’s recipe with our blessing!

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Pumpkin Pie

Dessert anyone? With our healthy pumpkin pie alternative recipe, you can definitely have your pie and eat it too! That’s because it’s low fat, sugar free and absolutely delicious! You and your guests will have a hard time telling the difference!

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 Disclaimer: Recipes are not our own. Please click through images for original recipe listings.

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2 Responses to “A Healthier Thanksgiving Is A Happier Thanksgiving – Recipes For Your Family Holiday”

  1. YuumMMMmmmmm. Tried some of these. SO GOOD.

  2. Great article on healthy Thanksgiving recipes!

    I can’t wait to try them out!