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Sitting at the dinner table and stuffing our faces with… stuffing isn't exactly the picture of perfect health. But we've got a secret: The holidays can be delicious AND nutritious- starting with THANKSGIVING!
Over the next two weeks, we'll be publishing what we like to call The Ultimate Guide to the Greatist Thanksgiving! Featuring stories like why giving thanks is good for you, along with healthier takes on classic Thanksgiving favorites, Greatist has the answers for a guilt-free Turkey day- and whole holiday season!
Here's a little taste of what's to come. And keep in mind- all of these recipes include fewer than 8 core ingredients and take less than 30 minutes of active prep time. Enjoy!
On Friday, we'll be dishing out (pun intended!) three great vegetable-based side dishes for the Thanksgiving table. On the menu? Honeyed Orange Carrots, Hearty Garlic Greens, and Brown Butter and Sage Brussels Sprouts.
On Tuesday, we'll be fulfilling all of your Turkey and Mushroom-stuffing dreams with Herb-Stuffed Turkey Breast and Quinoa-Squash Portobello Caps.
Then comes a starch-filled session, with three recipes for some healthier starchy side-dish options including Sweet Potato Casserole with Kale and Ricotta, Cauliflower-Leek Puree, and a take on classic stuffing with leek, butternut squash, and kale.
And don't worry- we didn't forget about that sweet tooth! Next Sunday, we'll share two gold-ribbon worthy Thanksgiving desserts, including an updated, sugar-free apple crisp and a crust-less pumpkin treat!
Then, we'll whip up two killer cocktails (watch out- these things can be lethal!), along with a great healthy alternatives to green bean casserole and classic cranberry sauce!
Not a fan of the kitchen? Stay tuned for our Grobby: Flag Football, why practicing gratitude is good for you, how to prep for exercising in the cold, a hilarious video of turkey footballs (really), and- finally- an answer to why you feel so sleepy after that big Thanksgiving meal! All that, plus, a picture-by-picture guide of the proper serving sizes for Thanksgiving classics.
Got a holiday-related conundrum you want figured out? Remember to tweet @greatistblog with any questions for your chance to have them answered by our very own “Dear Greatist” columnist, Kelly Fitzpatrick!