Five Nutritious Swaps for Thanksgiving Dinner

Is Thanksgiving dinner weighing you down? Do you feel like switching up your grandma’s mashed potato recipe that has three pounds of butter for something a little healthier? I’ve got some healthy Thanksgiving swaps for you to try out. And don’t worry—all of these swaps are not just good for you, but also tasty AF. 

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Half mashed potatoes / half mashed cauliflower

This one was suggested by my friend and healthy living enthusiast, Chantelly Jean. This combination of mashed potatoes and mashed cauliflower is extremely creamy in texture and so tasty. You can find a ton of good recipes for this one on Pinterest, but I recommend trying this one by dessert now dinner later blog.

Brussels and bacon

Instead of a green bean casserole loaded with cheese and cheese and more cheese, opt for a different vegetable this year. Try making a simple Brussels and bacon recipe; that way, you get a protein and veggie all in one dish. You can find a recipe for this swap here.

Jackfruit turkey

This swap is for the vegans (like my siblings who forego the turkey every year!).  Instead of going for a tofurkey, which is loaded with soy and heavily processed, opt for a jackfruit turkey that is loaded in vitamins and minerals.  Cooking jackfruit is way easier then it seems. Try this simple recipe.

Vegetarian stuffed acorn squash

Looking to swap out the traditional stuffing recipe because it just has too many carbs? Try out this stuffed acorn squash loaded with mushrooms, chickpeas, spinach and of course garlic. Find the recipe here

Mini pumpkin cheesecakes

Don’t worry – I’m definitely not going to suggest that you skip dessert on Thanksgiving. Instead, give these mini cheesecakes a try in place of the typical pumpkin pie or apple pie loaded with vanilla ice cream. This recipe has no refined sugar and instead is sweetened with Greek yogurt, maple syrup and pumpkin puree. Find it here.

Try just one healthy swap or try them all – happy Thanksgiving! 

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About Erica Biesiada

Erica Biesiada is a health and wellness blogger and podcaster for Bring Your Own Kombucha and a full time attorney. She has a public relations and journalism degree from Seton Hall University and a law degree from Widener University School of Law. She is passionate about finding a balance between #treatyourself and providing your body with the utmost care by way of nutrition and exercise. She currently resides in New Jersey with her husband and her newborn baby Elizabeth.