Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes: Have a Guilt-Free Holiday!

Written by: Dr. Anthony Balduzzi,

NMD - Men's Health Doctor & Founder, The Fit Father Project & Fit Mother Project

Founder, Fit Father Project
Founder, Fit Mother Project

Written by: Dr. Anthony Balduzzi,

NMD - Men's Health Doctor & Founder, The Fit Father Project & Fit Mother Project

Founder, Fit Father Project
Founder, Fit Mother Project

healthy Thanksgiving recipes
The holiday season is one of the best times of the whole year. You visit with family, have time off of work, and reflect on what makes you truly happy.

We want to help you enjoy it as healthy as possible!

But with the merriment comes all kinds of temptations for those on strict diets.

It can seem impossible to resist the seasonal candy, cookies, and endless streams of food!

Some of us have probably sulked around the kitchen just smelling the food we “can't eat.”

Maybe we've bargained with ourselves that we can have those marshmallow yams if we go on a run the next day.

But what if I told you there was a way to have a completely guilt-free Thanksgiving?

Our healthy Thanksgiving recipes provide even portions and nutritious ingredients that can help even the strictest dieters stay on track.

It's time to enjoy EVERY part of the Thanksgiving season.

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Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes: Start with a Salad

Ah, salads. Us dieters are very familiar with you.

Salads are a great way to begin a feast. You can fill up your stomach with healthy fruits and vegetables to prevent you from over-stuffing yourself on less healthy parts of the meal.

This apple salad with figs and almonds from Mayo Clinic is a seasonal treat.

With only 6 ingredients, you know exactly what you're putting into your body.

Ingredients you'll need:

  • 2 large red apples, cored and diced
  • 6 dried figs, chopped
  • 2 ribs of celery, diced
  • 1/2 cup fat-free lemon yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds
  • 2 carrots, peeled and grated

Visit Mayo Clinic's apple salad with figs and almonds recipe for more directions.

By the way, this delicious salad is only 89 calories.

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Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes: Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are a side dish that no one wants to eliminate from their plate.

Luckily, there is a way to make mashed potatoes as healthy as they are delicious!

The secret ingredient is cauliflower.

Mayo Clinic's cauliflower mashed “potatoes” are a real winner at only 67 calories per serving.

Ingredients you'll need:

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • A single clove of garlic
  • 1 leek, white only, split into 4 pieces
  • 1 tablespoon soft-tub margarine, nonhydrogenated
  • Pepper to taste

Delicious AND nutritious.

See the full instructions here.

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Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes: Turkey Time

Thanksgiving is not complete without a delicious turkey.

Thankfully, there are healthier ways to dress your bird this year than the usual caloric stuffing.

Try Mayo Clinic's herb-rubbed turkey au jus.

Ingredients for the rub:

  • 2 teaspoons dried sage
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 whole turkey (about 15 pounds), thawed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup water

Ingredients for the au jus:

  • 2 teaspoons dried sage
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1 cup defatted pan drippings

Visit Mayo Clinic's full recipe for the herb-rubbed turkey and au jus for baking instructions.

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Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes: Leaner Gravy

For those of you who like your turkeys the traditional way, there is a solution to your heavy gravy.

Mayo Clinic's low-fat turkey gravy is a great way to satisfy your craving.

  • 4 cups (32 fluid ounces) unsalted turkey stock, divided
  • 2 tablespoons fresh sage, remove from stem, and finely chop
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, remove from stem, and finely chop
  • 1 cup (8 fluid ounces) skim milk
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch

Check out the rest of Mayo Clinic's gravy recipe for directions.

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Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes: End with Dessert

That's right, fellas! You get dessert this year.

Holiday desserts are perhaps the most enjoyable part of dinner. You get to open up your “dessert stomach” and just have a great time with your family.

This apple-cranberry tart recipe from Mayo Clinic only has 197 calories.
Ingredients you'll need:

  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 4 large tart apples, cored, peeled, and sliced
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • For the crust:
  • 1 1/4 cups whole-wheat (whole-meal) flour
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons trans-free margarine
  • 1/4 cup ice water

Visit Mayo Clinic's apple-cranberry tart recipe for baking instructions.

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The Recipe for Happiness

As you eat this healthy Thanksgiving feast, think about the fact that the healthy food you're eating today is what's keeping you around for next year's holiday season.

Don't take for granted your ability to choose a nutritious diet, a healthy exercise plan, and the life you lead.

While we outlined our favorites of Mayo Clinic's healthy Thanksgiving recipes, they have a whole list to choose from.

Invite your whole family to help you plan a healthy Thanksgiving.

There are few lessons that are more important to teach than a healthy lifestyle.

As you talk about everything you're thankful for with your family, consider making some goals with them too.

Then your whole family can conquer the new year together, stronger than ever!

Dr. Anthony Balduzzi NMD - Men's Health Doctor & Founder, The Fit Father Project & Fit Mother Project

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After watching his own Dad lose his health and pass away at the young age of 42, Dr. Balduzzi founded The Fit Father Project and Fit Mother Project to help busy dads and moms get and stay healthy for their families.

Dr. Anthony Balduzzi holds dual degrees in Psychology & Nutrition from the University of Pennsylvania, a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine, and is also a former national champion bodybuilder. He’s is most proud of the fact that he’s helped over 40,000 families in over 100 countries lose weight and get healthy for life.

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*Please know that weight loss results and health changes/improvements vary from individual to individual; you may not achieve similar results. Always consult with your doctor before making health decisions. This is not medical advice – simply very well-researched info on healthy Thanksgiving recipes.

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Written by: Dr. Anthony Balduzzi,

NMD - Men's Health Doctor & Founder, The Fit Father Project & Fit Mother Project

Founder, Fit Father Project
Founder, Fit Mother Project

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MEAL PLAN FOR
GUYS 40+

Diets suck.
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