Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

The holidays are a time to enjoy good food and good company. I think it’s safe to say that we all gain a few pounds around November and December. The mix of unhealthy food and a hectic schedule is what does it for me. I let myself indulge a little around the holidays, however, there are ways to make holiday dishes healthier.

I compiled a list of healthy Thanksgiving recipes that I hope you will try and enjoy. These healthy recipes include low fat, gluten free, reduced sodium, and sugar free versions of your favorite recipes. Enjoy the holidays while keeping off those extra pounds.

Fit Men Cook’s Hearty Protein Cornbread is the perfect recipe for those that like to enjoy bread on Thanksgiving. With 8 grams of protein per serving you can indulge while feeding those muscles.


100 Days of Real Food’s Sweet Potato Casserole is a healthy spin to the traditional Thanksgiving side dish. A typical sweet potato casserole is loaded with unnecessary sugars and fat. You can dig into this delicious sweet potato casserole without feeling guilty.

Wellness Mama’s Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes is an option for those that are seeking low carb Thanksgiving side dishes. I am sure we will all overload on carbs a little bit this holiday but why not opt for a side that is lower in carbohydrates and higher in nutrients and protein?


Fit Men Cook’s Ezekiel Bread Stuffing is just as good, if not better, than store bought stuffing. This stuffing is packed with protein and nutrients that you will not find in your typical stuffing. You can easily make this dish gluten free by using Ezekiel’s gluten free bread.

Looking for a healthier vegetable side dish? Give Dextonista’s Clean Green Bean Casserole a try. Green bean casserole is one of my favorite dishes but I know it is usually loaded with sodium and extra fat. This guilt free version has all the flavors without the added sodium and fat.

My very own Parmesan Crusted Asparagus is an excellent option for a healthier Thanksgiving side dish. Asparagus is loaded with vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants. It also helps flush your body of extra sodium and can relieve bloating. Sound too good to be true? Asparagus might just help relieve you of that Thanksgiving bloat.

You can’t fully enjoy Thanksgiving without having dessert. Busy But Healthy’s Pumpkin Cheesecake Protein Bars will satisfy that sweet tooth while providing protein and nutrients.

I found a dessert that is gluten and dairy free with all of the sweet flavors we look for in a dessert. Raia’s Recipes’ Fudgy Black Bean Brownies will be a favorite for those that have food allergies to gluten or dairy.

We have a high protein and a gluten and dairy free dessert but what about sugar free options? I found a No Bake Sugar Free Cheesecake on All Recipes. This is a great option for anyone that is diabetic or one that might want a sugar free option on Thanksgiving.

This list of healthy Thanksgiving recipes would not be complete without an alcoholic beverage. Family Fresh Cooking’s Tipsy Lemonade Iced Tea will help wash all of that delicious Thanksgiving food down. I come from a southern family and we always have sweet tea on Thanksgiving. This is a nice twist for the adults on Thanksgiving. This recipe includes natural sweetener so you can enjoy yourself without drinking a cocktail full of added sugar.

I hope you and your family have a Happy Thanksgiving 🙂

Chocolate Chip Protein Pancakes

I wanted to change up my protein pancakes this morning and was craving something sweet so I decided to whip up some Chocolate Chip Protein Pancakes. These protein pancakes were full of flavor and tamed my sweet tooth all while providing a nutritious breakfast to start my day off right. Try these protein packed pancakes for your next breakfast!


Chocolate Chip Protein Pancakes


  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 large banana
  • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/8 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp Enjoy Life Mini Chips



  1. Add all ingredients, expect for chocolate chips, to a magic bullet or blender and blend until batter is smooth. Add 1 tbsp chocolate chips and let batter set for 5 minutes.
  2. Spray a large skillet with non-stick spray and heat on medium.
  3. After the batter sets and your pan is hot, pour batter onto pan (makes 3-4 pancakes) and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side. Pancakes are ready to flip when bubbles appear.
  4. Drizzle with 100% pure all natural maple syrup. Enjoy! 🙂

Healthy Condiments and Sauces

We all have a favorite condiment and chances are it’s not the healthiest. Most condiments are loaded with sodium, sugar, and unhealthy fat along with preservatives and processed ingredients. I used to eat mayonnaise on everything and a lot of it. I would even mix it with my ketchup for burgers and fries… all of that indulging eventually caught up with me.

Since I started being more mindful of what I am putting in my body I have found healthy alternatives to some of my favorite condiments. Here’s a list of just some of the healthy options that are out there to add some flavor to your meals.


  • Sour Cream – I found that plain non-fat greek yogurt is a great alternative to sour cream. It has less ingredients and no fat! You can hardly tell the difference.
  • Salad Dressing – Making your own salad dressing is not hard and is an inexpensive option. I found some easy and tasty homemade salad dressings on Wellness Mama. If I decide to buy a salad dressing I try to look for an organic and healthy option. I am a big fan of Annie’s salad dressings. The ginger dressing is my favorite.
  • Mayonnaise – Similar to salad dressing, a great option for mayonnaise is to make your own. I never thought about making my own mayonnaise, I just figured I would opt out for the most part. Well I did some research and I found a tasty DIY mayo that is easy and a great alternative to the store bought mayo!
  • BBQ Sauce – I found an easy homemade barbecue sauce recipe that would make for a great alternative to store bought. If I buy BBQ sauce from the store opposed to making my own, I usually get Annie’s Organic BBQ Sauce. It has no artificial flavors or preservatives and it only has 4g sugar for every 2 tbsp.
  • Ketchup – I like to watch my sugar intake so I usually buy sugar reduced ketchup, this decreases the sugar per serving to 1g. A lot of these options usually contain an artificial sweetener, if that is something you want to stay away from, Annie’s Organic Ketchup would be a good option. It has a little more sugar per serving but no artificial ingredients. As always, you can make it yourself as well. Here’s another option I found on Wellness Mama.
  • Mustard – There are a lot of great options for store bought mustard. My favorite is Annie’s Organic Mustard.
  • Whipped Cream – I found a homemade whipped cream recipe when I made my Strawberry Shortcake Protein Pancakes and it was so good! It tasted like the real thing. This is a much healthier option compared to store bought whipped cream.
  • Salsa – There are a lot of good and organic salsas in the stores but I prefer to make my own. Here are two of my favorite salsa recipes; Nectarine Avocado Salsa and Avocado Tomato Salsa.

Read the ingredients label! If it’s a paragraph long and you don’t recognize what most of the ingredients are, you should probably put it back. Look for items that are low in sodium, sugar, and have organic ingredients.

It’s always better to make your own condiments and dressings from scratch. You can stay away from preservatives, added sugars, and sodium this way and it usually is a cheaper option!

Healthy Mahi Mahi Tacos

I was looking for a meal to make for dinner when I found a fish taco recipe similar to this. I changed a few things to make it a healthy recipe and I was happy with how good it came out! The nectarine avocado salsa is delicious and compliments the fish and zesty “sour cream” nicely. These are full of flavor without the added fat and oil.


Healthy Mahi Mahi Tacos

* You will want to prepare the salsa first before you start anything else as this should chill in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour.

Nectarine Avocado Salsa Ingredients:
• 2 cups finely diced nectarines (2 to 3)
• 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
• 1/4 cup minced red onion
• 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
• 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
• 1 tablespoon minced seeded jalapeño pepper
• 1 teaspoon minced garlic
• 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
• 1 avocado, diced

1. Combine first 8 ingredients; cover and chill 30 minutes to 1 hour. Just before serving, stir in diced avocado.

Zesty “Sour Cream” Ingredients:
• 1 cup plain non-fat greek yogurt
• 2 tbsp minced fresh cilantro
• 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
• 1 tsp hot sauce
• ¼ tsp kosher salt

1. Stir all ingredients. Serve slightly chilled.

Mahi Mahi Taco Ingredients:
• 1 teaspoon kosher salt
• 1 teaspoon ground cumin
• 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
• 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
• 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
• 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
• 4 (4-ounce) mahi mahi fillets
• 8 corn tortillas
• Cooking spray

1. Combine first 6 ingredients, and sprinkle over all surfaces of the fish. Spray a large skillet with non stick cooking spray and heat on medium. Add fish to pan and cook for 4 minutes on each side until fish becomes opaque and begins to flake. Remove fish, and break into chunks.
2. Lightly coat tortillas with cooking spray, and heat in pan for 1 to 2 minutes each side.
3. Fill each tortilla with fish and top with nectarine salsa and zesty “sour cream”. Serve immediately.

Healthy Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Healthy buffalo chicken pizza? Yep! Pizza is one of my favorite cheat meals. I allow myself to have a cheat meal (something high in fat and deliciousness) once a week. During the week I like to stick to a clean and healthy diet which is why I love finding ways to make my favorite cheat meals into healthier versions that still make me feel like I am eating the real thing.

I found a really easy and simple buffalo chicken crock pot recipe on Natalie Hodson’s blog and decided to throw it on a Flat Out Flat Bread and make a pizza. I created a delicious and guilt free pizza! I am going to attempt buffalo chicken wraps or a buffalo chicken salad next.


Healthy Buffalo Chicken Pizza


  • 2 lb chicken breast
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 16 oz organic low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Sauce
  • 4 Flat Out whole wheat flat-bread
  • 1 can organic pizza sauce
  • mozzarella cheese


  1. Add chicken, garlic and broth to crock pot and cook on high for 3-4 hours or until chicken easily shreds with fork.
  2. Shred chicken and drain broth expect for 1/2 cup. Add Frank’s Buffalo sauce to the chicken and remaining broth and cook for an additional 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put Flat Out whole wheat flat-bread on a cookie sheet and cook those alone for 2 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and layer flat-bread with pizza sauce, buffalo chicken and mozzarella cheese.
  5. Place pizzas in oven for 4 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  6. Remove and eat up! 🙂