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3 Healthy Side Dishes for Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving is upon us and it’s time to start cooking. During this food-centric holiday, it’s hard to keep on track with one's diet and exercise. So, try these healthy recipes to give you a little help in the diet department. As for the exercise, get out for that Turkey Trot Friday morning!

Fresh Green Bean Casserole

This recipe is play on that good old classic grandma used to make.


1 pound of fresh green beans (ends cut off)

1 cup of almond milk

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 small packet of sliced mushrooms

1 large white onion

Dash of pepper

Avocado oil

Directions: First, dice half of the onion and slice the rest of it into thin pieces. Take the diced onions and gently sauté with avocado oil until golden brown. Place these onions aside, and now sauté the sliced onions in the same manner. In a large baking dish, place the green beans, almond milk, garlic, mushrooms and diced onions with a dash of pepper. Stir and place the dish in the oven at 350 degrees. Bake about 20 minutes or until the mixture is bubbling and the beans are soft. Top with sliced sautéed onions and serve!

Fresh Cranberry Sauce

This recipe is quite tasty and healthier than that canned cranberry jelly!


1 package of fresh cranberries

1 orange

½ cup of pure maple syrup

Directions: First, grate half of the orange rind and set aside. Then, squeeze the juice out of the orange and set aside. Place the maple syrup, cranberries, orange juice and orange rim in a large pot. Place on the stove over medium heat. Simmer for about 20 minutes or until the cranberries are soft and start popping. Chill and serve.

Fresh Mashed Cauliflower:

This recipe will give you a healthier option over those white mashed potatoes.


One head of cauliflower

Fresh chopped garlic

Dash of pepper

1 tablespoon of olive oil

1 cup of almond milk

Fresh parsley

Directions: First, steam the cauliflower until it is soft. Then, gently chop the cauliflower into small bite size pieces. In a large pot, add cauliflower, garlic, oil, pepper and almond milk. Using a hand mixer, blend until smooth and creamy. Garnish with parsley.

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