8 Healthier Ways to Eat Your Thanksgiving Dinner

Healthy Thanksgiving Meal

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Thanksgiving is commonly associated to overeating and overindulgence. Just because this holiday is based on sitting around a table and eating, doesn’t mean you can’t create a dinner with healthier options. Here are some easy and healthier ways to eat your Thanksgiving dinner.


Stick to a local option or farm raised turkey that is without antibiotics. Look for the words organic, local, or heritage. If you choose to forgo any meat at all, look at having a stuffed winter squash instead.


Cranberry Sauce

Make from scratch with more nutritious ingredients. Use organic cranberries instead of the conventional berries.

Pumpkin Pie

This dessert staple can be filled with pesticides and other less desirable ingredients. Choose a local pumpkin or baked pears instead.


White potatoes are on the Dirty Dozen list and known for carrying a high amount of pesticides. Substitute for nutrient packed mashed sweet potatoes from the Clean 15.



Not the best option for your waistline, gravy lacks nutritious substance. Substitute for a more flavorful mushroom ragout instead.


Butter is one of those less noticeable ingredients found in your Thanksgiving meal. The average person consumes the equivalent of three sticks of butter on Thanksgiving. Change out your traditional option for a more heart healthy GMO free oil where you can.

Green Beans

Avoid canned green beans if you can. Listed on EWG’s Dirty Dozen list, there is a high amount of bisphenol A in the can lining chemical. Opt for a fresh and organic green bean or substitute with peas, broccoli, or brussel sprouts instead.



Create a low pesticide stuffing with organic apples, celery, pears, and carrots. Pair with walnuts and pecans in lieu of sausage.

Just because it is Thanksgiving doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice your commitment to living a healthy life. You can equally enjoy the environment and festivities of Thanksgiving without busting your zipper and waistline. Share some of your favorite healthy Thanksgiving dishes in the comments below.


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