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Five Healthy Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas for The Coming Holiday on the Suncoast

| Angela Naff |

As Thanksgiving approaches, it’s easy to get caught up in the indulgence of traditional dishes laden with butter, sugar, and heavy creams. Stuffing yourself to the point of needing to undo your pants button to sit and watch football later seems a tradition in many homes. Maintaining a healthy focus during this holiday season does not mean missing out on flavor. This year, let’s celebrate gratitude and family/friend celebrations with five delicious and nutritious Thanksgiving recipes that will leave you feeling satisfied and energized.

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  1. Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Balsamic Glaze: Ingredients: Brussels sprouts, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, salt, and pepper. Start your Thanksgiving feast with a nutrient-packed appetizer. Roasted Brussels sprouts are not only rich in fiber and vitamins but also offer a delightful crunch. Toss them in a balsamic glaze made with a touch of honey for sweetness. This dish is sure to be a crowd-pleaser and a healthy alternative to creamy appetizers.
  2. Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash: Ingredients: Acorn squash, olive oil, quinoa, shallots, rosemary, green bell pepper, mushrooms, white wine, fresh spinach, mild chicken sausage, pine nuts, dried cranberries, feta cheese, and squash/pumpkin seeds. Upgrade your stuffing game with a quinoa and butternut squash stuffed acorn squash. Packed with protein, fiber, and essential nutrients, quinoa forms the base of this wholesome dish. The combination of sweet butternut squash, tart cranberries, and crunchy pecans creates a medley of flavors that will make this a new holiday favorite.
  3. Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast: Ingredients: Turkey breast, garlic, dry mustard, rosemary leaves, fresh sage, fresh thyme, salt, pepper, olive oil, lemon juice, and white wine. Instead of roasting an entire turkey, opt for a leaner approach with herb-roasted turkey breast. This recipe allows you to enjoy the classic flavors of Thanksgiving without excess calories. The blend of aromatic herbs infuses the turkey with a savory taste that is both comforting and health-conscious.
  4. Cauliflower Mashed “Potatoes”: Ingredients: Cauliflower, cheddar cheese, sour cream, butter, salt, black pepper, and chives. Swap out traditional mashed potatoes for a lighter alternative with cauliflower mash. Steam cauliflower until tender, then blend with garlic, vegetable broth, and a dollop of Greek yogurt for creaminess. The result is a velvety, low-carb side dish that complements the Thanksgiving table perfectly.
  5. Pumpkin Chia Seed Pudding: Ingredients: Pumpkin puree, chia seeds, almond milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Conclude your Thanksgiving meal on a sweet note with pumpkin chia seed pudding. This guilt-free dessert is rich in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. Mix pumpkin puree with chia seeds, almond milk, maple syrup, and spices, then refrigerate overnight. The result is a creamy, flavorful pudding that captures the essence of fall.
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This Thanksgiving, prioritize your health without sacrificing the joy of sharing a delicious meal with loved ones. These five recipes offer a perfect balance of flavor and nutrition, ensuring a holiday feast that leaves everyone feeling grateful and nourished. Embrace the spirit of the season by savoring these wholesome dishes that contribute to both a happy celebration and a healthier you.

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