Cooking during the holidays is full of tradition and fun. But sometimes, our traditions aren't too healthy.
Many people consider holidays a time to break from their diet and indulge. And while a little bit of indulgence can be okay, it can break healthy habits that you've worked to make.
Instead, you could think of the holidays as a way to find new, delicious and healthy takes on classic flavors.
And that's exactly what we've done for Thanksgiving sweet potato recipes!
Read on to find how your favorite Thanksgiving dish can transform into a healthier treat.
Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Recipes: Breakfast Time
That's right, sweet potatoes can make their way into a healthy breakfast for the holidays!
Get a load of this: baked sweet potato oatmeal.
This crispy, sweet and filling recipe will have your whole kitchen smelling like fall.
As breakfasts go, this one is packed with fiber that will help you keep going throughout the day. Not to mention the iron, calcium, vitamin B and C that sweet potatoes have in them!
In order to make this delicious dish, you will need the following ingredients:
- 2 cups of uncooked steel cut oats
- 1/3 cup maple syrup (or less to reduce sugar)
- 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh nutmeg
- 1 cup sweet potato puree
- 2 tablespoon ground flax seed
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 1/2 cups milk (choose almond milk if reducing dairy intake)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil melted
- 1 large egg beaten (egg can be removed if on a vegan diet)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Once you follow the instructions and wait for your oatmeal to bake. your morning will take a turn for the best.
Healthy Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Recipes:Lunch Time
Yes, it's true. Sweet potatoes can make their way into lunch recipes too!
Take this sweet potato hummus for example. It's the perfect healthy side to a hearty lunch during the holidays.
Sweet potato adds a subtle sweetness and velvety texture to your normally savory hummus.
No matter what you use to spoon it, you'll be eating this new take on a Thanksgiving sweet potato recipe by the mouthful.
- 1 large sweet potato (about 1½ pounds), peeled, cut into large pieces (about 3 cups)
- 2 garlic cloves, smashed
- Olive oil
- 3 tablespoons pure tahini or tahini butter
- 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 lime
Your guests will be surprised by the secret ingredient in your hummus!
Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Recipes: Dinner
Looking to spice up the holidays?
This sweet potato curry has you covered. Right to the very last slurp.
While most people incorporate sweet potatoes as a Thanksgiving side dish, you can bring it to center stage this year.
Sweet potato curry is a savory, sweet and oh-so-warm addition to your holiday table.
Read the nutritious and delicious ingredients below.
1 lemongrass stalk
1 2” piece ginger
4 garlic cloves
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
¼ cup red curry paste
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 14.5-oz. can crushed tomatoes
2 13.5-oz. cans coconut milk
1½ pound sweet potatoes
¾ pound small or young carrots
6 medium shallots
1 red Thai chili
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
Steamed jasmine rice
Thinly sliced scallions, basil leaves, cilantro leaves with tender stems, and lime wedges
Thanksgiving Sweet Potato Recipes: Don't forget dessert
The last place we'd want to skimp on sweet potatoes is on the dessert table.
But not to worry, we found the perfect addition to round out your Thanksgiving sweet potato recipes!
This baked sweet potato brings chocolate and nutty crunch to perfection, all at 5 grams of sugar per serving (that's a BIG win when it comes to holiday desserts).
Check out this minimal (but delicious) ingredients list:
- 1 medium sweet potato
- 1 tablespoon coconut butter
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 2 teaspoons toasted coconut flakes
- 2 teaspoons toasted pecans
- 2 teaspoons dairy-free, gluten-free chopped dark chocolate
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
This sweet take on a baked potato is sure to amuse any kiddos at the table and delight everyone's palate.
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Enjoy the Holidays
Now, it's likely that not every recipe on your Thanksgiving table will be as healthy as these.
Surviving the holidays without breaking your diet may seem impossible, but it's actually simpler than you may think.
In our free one-day meal plan, we explain how to portion your plate into a Perfect Plate.
It's amazing how much good just portioning your plate can do for your holiday waistline.
Be sure to check out our free one-day meal plan. Not only can it help you get through the holiday season, but it can help you set intentions for New Years resolutions!
Your friend in health,
Dr. Anthony Balduzzi
Founder, The Fit Father Project
Brotherhood Nickname: “Mr. Results”
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