Guilt-Free Thanksgiving Recipes

Healthy Recipes and Nutrition,Nutrition
November 1, 2008

Transform the annual food fest into a guilt-free feast with these alternative recipes.

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Mark Boughton
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Thanksgiving may have the reputation for being over-the-top indulgent. But it’s actually one of the healthiest, most naturally balanced meals many people have all year. Turkey, for instance, is a super-lean protein, and its usual companions, cranberries and sweet potatoes, are full of immune-boosters and antioxidants. Even regular old cornbread dressing packs a good dose of fiber. The problem? We typically load these nutritional standouts with fat and salt—and overload our plates with heaping helpings. But with a few simple tweaks, you can transform this annual food fest into a guilt-free feast that won’t expand your waistline. Indulge away!

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Baked Pumpkin Custard

Skip the crust and try this recipe for Pumpkin Custard, which has 70 percent fewer calories and 97 percent less saturated fat than the traditional pumpkin pie.

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Squash with Walnuts and Thyme

Enjoy this seasonal favorite without any of the excess fat and calories

A healthy recipe for honey glazed sweet potatoes.

Honey-Glazed Sweet Potatoes

These easy sweet potatoes are the perfect last-minute side dish for the holidays!

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Blueberry and Cranberry Relish

Use this sauce as a side for holiday dinners, over vanilla ice cream or on a turkey sandwich.

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Citrus-Marinated Roasted Turkey

This turkey is steeped in a marinade of fresh orange juice, garlic and rosemary, which is then used to baste the turkey.