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10 Healthy Meals That Won’t Make You Gain the Thanksgiving Day Weight

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If you’re like me, you’re a bit of a foodie with a love for exercise but also with balanced eating habits. Don’t get me wrong, I’m capable of an indulgence (or three) but with an upcoming holiday that is solidified off of food and napping, I’d like to get a hearty meal without being bloated for the next couple of days. Thankfully there are ways of fitting in your classic Thanksgiving Day staples without the obscene calorie count. By swapping simple ingredients and sticking within manageable proportions here are 10 recipes that’ll make you feel full but not stuffed this Thanksgiving. Enjoy!

Sides:

Scalloped Sweet Potatoes with Lightened Sauce

Courtesy: Eating well

Everyone loves potatoes, and these are the perfect way to enjoy everything they have to offer but without the guilt.

Recipe found here.

Honey Garlic Roasted Carrots

Courtesy: carlsbadcravings

Even if you are not the biggest fan of carrots, these are sure to make you go back for seconds!

Recipe found here.

Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

Courtesy: Delish

These potatoes are super easy to make and are sure to keep you satisfied. They’re the perfect fit for Thanksgiving dinner, but they also work for any meal year-round.

Recipe found here.

Cauliflower Stuffing

Courtesy: Delish

Some people LOVE stuffing, some people absolutely hate it. Yet, this healthy cauliflower alternative will be a happy medium for everyone. Now, you can have multiple servings without feeling guilty about it later.

Recipe found here.

Vegetarian Gravy

Courtesy: Delish

Vegetarians rejoice! Gravy goes with absolutely everything (you know it’s true). Now you can top this Thanksgiving staple on all your meals!

Recipe found here.

Mains:

Herb-Roasted Turkey Breast

Courtesy: Food Network

This turkey recipe is easy to follow along with and is sure to provide a lighter and healthier spin to your traditional turkey.

Recipe found here.

Turkey Roulade

Courtesy: Food Network

Or, if you’re not a fan of a  traditional turkey meal, enjoy this healthier version!

Recipe found here.

Desserts:

Light Pumpkin Pie

Courtesy: Eating Well

A classic, without the classic guilt afterward.

Recipe found here.

Bloomin’ Apples

Courtesy: Delish

Apples are the quintessential fall dessert, so try this one out this Thanksgiving!

Recipe found here.

Leftovers:

Turkey Soup

Courtesy: Food Network

Recipe found here.​

Tara Lawson-Corley is a Florida State University graduate. She majored in Retail Merchandising & Product Development with the goal of someday working for a fitness driven retail company. Hopefully later on she will be able to own her own successful fitness boutique or at least that's the dream. Tara enjoys the occasional Netflix binge, reading numerous fashion magazines, and finding new and exciting ways to workout.
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