There’s no doubt you’ll be gobbling up some turkey on Thanksgiving Thursday. But what else will you put on your plate? Traditional Thanksgiving side dishes like mashed potatoes and dinner rolls may seem like no-brainers, but starchy foods like these are loaded with extra calories, especially when topped with butter.

This Thanksgiving, swap out your traditional sides for some new, healthy alternatives. By making a few simple substitutions, you can get the nutrients your body needs while enjoying similar Thanksgiving flavors you know and love.

Side with these 6 healthy side dishes come November 24th.


It may not be your traditional Thanksgiving veggie, but asparagus is delicious and sweet. Start a new Thanksgiving tradition by serving this Asparagus with Hazelnuts recipe at dinner.


Roasted Cauliflower

Try sneaking in more low-calorie vegetables to your meal by mashing or pureeing steamed or boiled cauliflower with low fat milk. It’s a flavorful substitute for mashed potatoes. Try our Roasted Cauliflower recipe.


When it comes to healthy side dishes for Thanksgiving dinner, green beans are always a winner. Add some color to your plate with our Green Beans with Red Pepper and Garlic recipe.


Healthy Mac and Cheese

Leave some elbowroom on your plate for this mmmighthy tasty Classic Macaroni and Cheese. It’s a healthy take on your standard mac and cheese, packed with onions and low fat dairy.


Most Thanksgiving feasts include at least some form of corn. When it comes to healthiness, this recipe is the cream of the crop. Try it today.


Sweet Potato Biscuits

They’re super golden. They’re super fluffy. They’re super yummy. Substitute your basket of Thanksgiving dinner rolls with these delightful Sweet Potato Biscuits. They’ll provide a healthy change of pace (and flavor) to your meal. Click here for the recipe.

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