Mango Beat: 5 Healthy Thanksgiving Dishes

Thanksgiving meals are one of the bigger highlights of the season, especially for starting office workers and away-from-home students who often have to watch their budgets throughout the year. But with great portions come great responsibility, and some individuals may find their weight and health lagging a bit after the holidays. Worry not as there are healthier food alternatives that won’t take a toll on your body while still filling you up. Here are a few dish ideas to try:
Butternut Squash Soup
This is a creamy bowl dish that goes great with all kinds of bread and meats. You’ll be surprised to know that this soup can be made nice and thick even without the help of extra cream. Not only is it tasty, it’s made of vegetables which are filling but also pretty light. You definitely won’t be putting on the pounds with this hearty soup.
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Crispy Roasted Green Beans
Another veggie dish that is pretty simple to make and a great side dish for the family to try. The tasty green will really lend some nice color on your plate, with all the browns, reds, yellows, and oranges that may dominate the dining table. It’s as simple as preheating the oven, mixing the beans in a bowl of extra-virgin olive oil, Italian seasoning, then putting them flat on a pan and baking till crisp before sprinkling some garlic powder over the finished dish.
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Brussel Sprouts with Bacon
A combo of healthy sprouts mixed with some irresistible crispy bacon makes for an unbeatably tasty and healthy side dish for your Thanksgiving table. Simply boil the sprouts in salted water to tenderness, then cook bacon to a crisp as you usually do. Don’t clean your pan yet as you need to cook your Brussel sprouts in it to a crisp before mixing in the pre-cooked bacon and two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and vegetable oil topped off with some pepper.
Sautéed Carrots
Very simple in both its preparation and ingredients but still a deliciously healthy dish to add to your holiday feast. This dish will only take a small fraction of your time, taking only 15 minutes to prepare and serve! You simply have to peel the carrots then chop them diagonally until you have a good 6 or so cup of carrots. Then you just put them all in a sauté pan with some water, salt and pepper and boil. Then add butter till dry and salad toss it with some dill and parsley. Sprinkle some salt and pepper again to give it some zing and serve to your hungry guests.
Baked Pears with Walnuts and Honey
This fruit dish is sweet, light, and delicious as both a snack and a dessert after your meals. Just cut a pear in half, scoop up the seeds in the middle with a baller or a regular spoon, then drizzle on some cinnamon, stuff walnuts in the hole, and pour over some honey. Make sure the oven is preheated before baking for 30 mins.
Finding complete recipes for these dishes are just a quick Google search away. It’s great to indulge in fancy and filling meals for the holidays, but add a few healthy side dishes and desserts to balance it out and you won’t feel too indulgent for the rest of the year.

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