Guide to a Healthy Thanksgiving Dinner

Guide to a Healthy Thanksgiving Dinner


healthy thanksgiving dinner tips recipesThanksgiving is a wonderful chance to spend quality time with family and friends over a spread of delicious food – but one dinner can haunt your waistline for months. There are many ways to have a healthy Thanksgiving dinner without sacrificing on taste. 

Did you know the average American's Thanksgiving dinner, drinks and desserts adds up to 4,500 calories? That one meal is equal to 2.5 days of recommended calories for a 30-year-old woman. 

A New England Journal of Medicine study into weight gain over the holidays tracked an average weight gain in American participants of .2% of their body weight over Thanksgiving, and .7% over the holidays.

The good news is it's not difficult to enjoy this food-centric holiday without impacting your health. In fact, it can be a great time to launch or step up a health goal. Why wait until January? 

As a company committed to health and wellness, here is our ultimate guide to a healthy Thanksgiving dinner along with a few of the must-haves for a big family holiday meal from our lineup of non-toxic, eco-friendly, 100% ceramic cookware. 

Healthy Thanksgiving Menu:

  • This healthy Thanksgiving the whole family will love menu includes:
    • Main dishes: Herb Roasted Turkey with Apple Cider Gravy, Pork Loin with Swiss Chard and Persimmons
    • Side dishes: Fresh Green Beans with Cranberries and Walnuts, Hearty Cranberry Dinner Rolls, Nutty Chicken Sausage Dressing, Mashed Sweet Potato Crisp and Crispy Asparagus Straws
    • Desserts: Lavender-Citrus Fruit Salad, Harvest Pear Quinoa Cake and Cranberry-Apple Crisp. 

Non-Toxic Cookware:

While you're making healthy dishes, you want to be sure you're using the safest cookware possible. Xtrema, founded in 2004 was the first and original non-toxic, 100% ceramic cookware.

Healthy Thanksgiving Main Course Recipes:

Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes:

Healthy Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes:

Of course, you should have some fantastic and healthy food to savor after the holiday. Our Leftover Freshness Guide can help you enjoy your leftovers safely.

about the author

Holly Bergstrom

Holly Bergstrom

Holly Bergstrom is the Brand Engagement Manager at Xtrema Cookware, and she oversees the creative direction of the company! Holly is passionate about minimizing toxic exposure and living a healthy and vibrant life form the inside out. Holly enjoys cooking, educating, and creating healthy meals for her friends and family. She desires to help every home and kitchen relearn how to slow down, be present, and cook with intention and simplicity. You can follow Holly on @livefreeandveg.

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