Healthier Swaps For Your Thanksgiving Meal

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Whether some of your family members are on a diet or you just simply don’t want to feel completely loaded down after the meal, there are many ways to lighten up your Thanksgiving meal. Although this will mean deviating slightly from the traditional Thanksgiving foods, your new additions and substitutions will still be just as delicious.


Gravy is essentially a sauce made out of the drippings and liquids that come off an animal. That means that is has a lot of fat and cholesterol that isn’t really necessary. Instead, go for a vegetarian gravy made out of mushrooms. You can also make it vegan by switching out butter for olive oil or vegan butter.

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Green Bean Casserole

The green beans in the casserole are of course healthy but combined with cream or creamy canned soup and you’ve basically ruined all the healthy parts. Instead, make regular sauteed greens beans and serve them with slivered almonds.

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Sweet Potato Casserole

Again, sweet potatoes are very healthy, but by sticking a marshmallow on top, you take away from the nutrients. If you still want something of a treat, make sweet potato fries! Even with the oil needed, it is still healthier than a sugary marshmallow.