The best list of Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes. From appetizers to sides, main dishes & desserts -there are tons of Healthy Thanksgiving Tips!
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Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays! We love turkey, all the sides and DESSERT! Typically on Thanksgiving we eat the ‘real deal’ classic recipes – but we love that so many of you want a healthier Thanksgiving!
We’ve rounded up our best Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes, tips and tricks for you here. From appetizers to sides, desserts + more – you’ll find a recipe no matter what you’re looking for!
We also have a list of Healthy Christmas Recipes!
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Healthy Thanksgiving FAQ
Let’s be real, Thanksgiving is typically not the day for many to ‘eat healthy’ but there are a few ways you can clean up the day if you’re watching what you eat! Opt for turkey breast (lowest in fat, highest in protein), make sure to have veggies on you plate, and enjoy everything in moderation! It’s only one day!
If I were hosting Thanksgiving, I would make something from every category on this page 🙂 An appetizer, a main dish (Turkey!), a few sides and a few desserts!
My favorite thing to bring to a potluck are these Paleo Maple Whipped Sweet Potatoes because they reheat very well. These Healthy Apple Crumble Bars are also good to bring because they don’t need to be refrigerated.
There are lots of options besides turkey on Thanksgiving! Make a whole chicken or even keep it vegetarian with making different fall soups like butternut squash soup or potato soup! These Stuffed Acorn Squash also make for a great holiday meal!
Healthy Thanksgiving Breakfast
We usually don’t eat a big breakfast on Thanksgiving because we want to save room for the main meal 🙂 Here are a few festive Thanksgiving Breakfast ideas:
Sausage Egg Bake is easy to make, paleo, whole30, and so yummy. It’s veggie loaded, perfect for meal prep and delicious!
Healthy Gingerbread Loaf is a delicious holiday treat everyone will love. Made with whole wheat flour & simple ingredients – it’s full of holiday flavor!
Pumpkin Muffins are a delicious, low sugar fall breakfast. Naturally gluten + dairy free – these muffins are easy to make and so tasty!
Healthy Thanksgiving Meals
Of course, the classic thing to serve on Thanksgiving is turkey! We’ve included recipes for turkey below, as well as some non-traditional Thanksgiving main dish recipe!
Slow Cooker Turkey Breast is so easy to put together and what I love most about it is you free up your oven for sides and desserts!
Crockpot Whole Chicken is an easy, filling, paleo/Whole30 dinner! With only a few minutes of prep, the slow cooker does all the work! It’s delicious! Naturally gluten free and made with only 7 ingredients.
Whole Roasted Chicken is a simple weeknight dinner the entire family will love. Made with just a few healthy ingredients- it’s paleo, whole30 & tasty!
Stuffed Acorn Squash is a simple, healthy dinner that would be great on Thanksgiving. Filled with winter flavors, naturally gluten free + perfect for a quick meal!
Slow Roasted Turkey from Nourished Kitchen is marvelously tender, with meat that literally falls off the bone and golden, rich golden-brown skin. It’s an easy, hands-off way to prepare turkey, and yields consistently excellent results.
Apricot & Sausage Stuffed Turkey Breast is the perfect substitute if you don’t want ot make an entire turkey this year! It’s healthy and delicious!
Simple Herb and Garlic Roasted Turkey Breast from Flavor the Moments is the perfect way to get delicious roast turkey breast in about one hour without the fuss!
Healthy Thanksgiving Sides
The best part of Thanksgiving might be the side dishes! We love these Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes from green bean casserole, to sweet potatoes, salads and more!
Sheet Pan Crispy Roasted Potatoes are an easy, delicious side dish! Paleo + whole30 friendly, these oven roasted potatoes are perfectly cooked + yummy!
Healthy Green Beans Almondine are an easy + delicious side dish that are perfect with any meal! Gluten free, grain free, keto and whole30 friendly.
Rosemary Spiralized Potatoes are an easy, healthy side dish that go with any meal! Baked until perfectly crispy, whole30/paleo friendly and so delicious!
Rosemary Roasted Radishes from Eat the Gains are an easy and low carb alternative to potatoes. The perfect side dish to any meal. Made with only 3 ingredients and are paleo, vegan, and Whole30 approved.
Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole from Joy Food Sunshine is the perfect Thanksgiving side dish! It’s only sweetened with applesauce and is paleo, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free & sugar free!
Wild Rice & Butternut Squash from I Heart Vegetables makes a great Thanksgiving side dish because it’s colorful and a little unexpected. Since this dish is vegan and gluten-free, everyone can enjoy it!
Low Carb Cauliflower Rice & Sausage Stuffing from Low Carb Africa is sure to please your palate and your guests at your holiday table! This excellent side dish is made on the stove-top and is ready in just 30 minutes!
Dairy Free Garlic Mashed Potatoes from Plant Power Couple are a healthy vegan mashed potato recipe packed with flavor. They are a great plant-based holiday side dish or cozy everyday dinner side.
Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad is a delicious healthy side dish. Vegan, keto, paleo, and Whole30, it goes great with any meal!
Garlic Roasted Brussels Sprouts are the perfect easy side dish! This paleo, Whole30, gluten free & vegan veggie recipe is easy to make & loaded with flavor!
Healthy Lemon Parmesan Roasted Asparagus recipe is a quick, easy side dish. Crisp asparagus is tossed with lemon zest, parmesan cheese + olive oil to make the most delicious, low carb and gluten free side dish.
Healthy Butternut Squash Soup is paleo, Whole30, vegan, and naturally gluten/dairy free. Easily made in your crockpot, instant pot or on the stove! Super creamy and rich – this is a soup recipe everyone will love!
Healthy Potato Soup is total comfort food! Paleo, Whole30 + vegan, this easy creamy potato soup can be made on the stove, in the slow cooker or instant pot.
Not Your Mama’s Green Bean Casserole from Fresh Fit Kitchen has no canned cream of mushroom soup! Instead it’s made with an easy and flavorful sauce made with fresh mushrooms, nonfat Greek Yogurt and Parmesan cheese.
Roasted Root Vegetable Stuffing from Fresh Fit Kitchen is everything you love about stuffing with the added bonus of sweet roasted vegetables. Not only do the roasted vegetables make the dish pretty; they also add another layer of texture and flavor.
Homemade Cranberry Sauce from Eat the Gains is made with just 3 ingredients! The perfect compliment to your holiday feast. Paleo, Whole30 approved, and vegan.
Honey Balsamic Roasted Acorn Squash from Flavour & Savour makes a tasty, colourful side dish for any special dinner. Takes less than 30 minutes to make. Great for holiday meals!
Butternut Squash and Kale Quinoa Stuffing from Good Life Eats is a fantastic vegetarian and gluten-free stuffing recipe loaded with tons of veggies and flavors.
Wild Rice Salad with Orange Maple Vinaigrette from Spices in my DNA is made with wild rice, shredded brussels, pomegranate arils, thinly sliced shallots, kale, toasted pepitas, and fresh thyme. It’s a fantastic holiday side dish!
Garlic Turmeric Crispy Parsnip Fries from Bucket List Tummy are sprinkled with cheese and herbs- an easy parsnip recipe for the whole family and a quick side to any meal.
Check out this post for 20 Paleo Side Dishes!
Healthy Thanksgiving Desserts
My favorite part about Thanksgiving is dessert! From pumpkin and apple pie to cookies + more – Thanksgiving desserts are so delicious!
Healthy Pumpkin Pie Bars are the best healthy pumpkin dessert! Just like classic pumpkin pie, in a bar! Paleo, gluten free and dairy free – these are great for a fun fall treat or the holidays.
Healthy Baked Apples are a delicious, easy dessert! Gluten free, dairy free + made with only 9 ingredients – they’re the perfect nutritious, fun treat!
Healthy Apple Crumble Bars are the best fall dessert. They taste just like apple pie in a bar! Paleo, gluten free and dairy free -a must try.
Healthy Pumpkin Cheesecakes are the perfect gluten free, low fat cheesecake treat! Made with greek yogurt, low in sugar and so delicious!
Healthy Pecan Pie Bars are one of the best pecan pie recipes! Gluten free, paleo and refined sugar free – an easy holiday dessert you’ll love!
Healthy Apple Crisp is gluten/dairy free, and sweetened with just maple syrup. Naturally sweet & delicious it’s the perfect healthy dessert!
Maple Walnut Sugar Cookies from Healthy Taste of Life are crisp, crumbly and addictive! No eggs, no dairy, no processed ingredients, just healthy gluten free vegan maple sugar cookies.
Honey Cinnamon Cookies from Natalie’s Health are the perfect holiday treat. Made with all healthy ingredients, whole grain and refined sugar-free, these cookies are festive as well as delicious.
Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake from Texan Erin is also paleo, no-bake and super creamy. It really tastes similar to a traditional pumpkin cheesecake!
Vegan Pecan Crumble Baked Apples from Spices in my DNA are the most perfect, easy dessert addition to your Thanksgiving table! The apples are filled with an oat pecan crumble mixture and a coconut milk caramel sauce!
Vegan Pear Crisp from Watch Learn Eat is easy to make and delicious! Gluten and oil free with tons of fall flavors!
Healthy Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes
We always have SO many leftovers on Thanksgiving. Don’t let that turkey go to waste. Use it in any of these leftover turkey recipes!
Leftover Turkey Soup is a simple, healthy soup you can make in your instant pot, slow cooker or on the stove! A yummy, easy turkey soup everyone will love!
Leftover Turkey Chili is one of the best leftover turkey recipes! Easy to make, healthy and loaded with flavor – this is a must try! Make it in your crockpot, instant pot, or on the stove.
Easy Turkey Broth is made from the scraps of leftover turkey and water! Make turkey bone broth in the crockpot or instant pot.. either way it’s so simple and delicious!
Healthy Turkey Pot Pie Soup is a creamy, delicious, paleo & Whole30 dinner! Easily made in your instant pot, crockpot or on the stove with your leftovers.
Crockpot Turkey Breast
- 1 cup broth from the bottom of the crockpot base
- 2 tablespoons flour
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- pinch of pepper
- Layer carrots and celery in the base of your crockpot. Place the turkey breast on top of the vegetables.
- Mix together olive oil and spices. Brush the outside of the turkey breast with oil/spice mixture.
- Add in 1 cup of stock or water to the bottom of the crockpot, cover and set to cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours. Low is recommended.
- You can transfer the turkey to a glass baking dish and broil to make the skin crispy for 4-5 minutes, or serve directly from the crockpot!
- Optional Gravy: Take 1 cup of broth from the base of the crockpot and add it to a small sauce pot. Bring to a boil, whisking in flour and spices. Reduce heat and simmer. It should thicken almost immediately.