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Yes – You CAN Have A Lower Carb Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving dinner can be a challenge if you have diabetes or you’re trying to limit carbs, but you’ll never miss them with these Lower Carb Thanksgiving recipes.

Lower Carb Thanksgiving Recipes|Craving Something Healthy

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dish?  Are you team turkey or team stuffing? For me, it’s all about the stuffing. And mashed potatoes. Maybe some sweet potatoes for color. Give me a heaping plate of starch, cover it with gravy, and for one day a year, I’m in heaven.

I’m pretty sure I’m not alone. For most people, Thanksgiving isn’t about the turkey, it’s about all of the sides carbs. Thanksgiving can be a tough one if you have diabetes, or if you’re trying to limit carbs. It’s one of those days that it’s just really hard to practice portion control if the table is heaped high with lots of delicious high-carb foods.

So, I think a good strategy for cutting back on carbs at the Thanksgiving table – or any day for that matter, is just to make lower carbohydrate dishes. Luckily, there really are some AH-Mazing lower carb options out there for appetizers, sides, and desserts.

Yes, even mashed potatoes, stuffing, and dessert can be modified a bit to be more blood sugar friendly. So, in honor of National Diabetes Month (is it a coincidence that they have that in November?), I asked my RD and healthy food blogging friends to share some of their favorites, and here are.  Lower carb and diabetes-friendly appetizer, sides, and dessert recipes for your Thanksgiving table.

Appetizers

Lemon Herb Savory Cheesecake Appetizer|Craving Something Healthy
Lemon Herb Savory Cheesecake Appetizer|Craving Something Healthy

Lower Carb Thanksgiving Recipes|Craving Something Healthy
Turkey Veggie Platter|The Right Mom

Lower Carb Thanksgiving Recipes|Craving Something Healthy
Pomegranate Jeweled White Cheddar Almond and Crispy Sage Cheeseball|How Sweet Eats

Pumpkin Pie Spiced Nuts|Shaw’s Simple Swaps

Herbed Cucumber Flowers|RosyScription

Hot Honey Roasted Nuts | Craving Something Healthy

Salads and Sides

Butternut Squash Apple Soup with Rosemary|Sprint 2 The Table

Pomegranate Avocado Quinoa Salad|Sharon Palmer

Roasted Carrot Apple Soup|C-it Nutritionally

Lower Carb Thanksgiving Recipes|Craving Something Healthy
Broccoli Salad with Pomegranate Arils and Maple Walnuts|Shaw’s Simple Swaps

Lower Carb Thanksgiving Recipes|Craving Something Healthy
Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta and Parmesan|The Nutrition Adventure

Lower Carb Thanksgiving Recipes|Craving Something Healthy
Green Bean Casserole|Nourished Simply

Slow Roasted Green Beans|Amee’s Savory Dish

Roasted Brussels sprouts Delicata Squash and Cranberries with Balsamic Syrup| Craving Something Healthy
Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Delicata Squash, and Cranberries with Balsamic Glaze | Craving Something Healthy

Bacon Fat Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Glaze|Amee’s Savory Dish

Lower Carb Thanksgiving Recipes|Craving Something Healthy
Roasted Acorn Squash and Barley Salad|The Grateful Grazer

Maple Glazed Acorn Squash|The Foodie Physician

Roasted Butternut Squash with Apples|Simple and Savory

Roasted Squash with Hazelnuts and Pomegranate|Making Healthy Choices

Lower Carb Thanksgiving Recipes|Craving Something Healthy
Better Than Potatoes Cheesy Cauliflower|I Breathe I’m Hungry

Grilled Sweet Potato Medallions in a Rosemary Butter Sauce|Life As a Plate
Grilled Sweet Potato Medallions in a Rosemary Butter Sauce|Life As a Plate

Lower Carb Thanksgiving Recipes|Craving Something Healthy
Low Sugar Gingerbread Cranberry Sauce|Queen of My Kitchen

Stuffing

Whole Grain Classic Stuffing|A Couple Cooks
Whole Grain Classic Stuffing|A Couple Cooks

Cornbread Bacon Leek and Pecan Stuffing|Martha Stewart
Cornbread Bacon Leek and Pecan Stuffing|Martha Stewart

Butternut Squash Brussels Sprout and Bread Stuffing|Food52
Butternut Squash Brussels Sprout and Bread Stuffing|Food52

Desserts

Lower Carb Thanksgiving Recipes|Craving Something Healthy
Salted Pumpkin Creme Brulee|Jenny Shea Rawn

Low Sugar Flourless Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Sauce|Craving Something Healthy
Low Sugar Flourless Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Sauce|Craving Something Healthy

Lower Carb Thanksgiving Recipes|Craving Something Healthy
Low Carb Pumpkin Pie|NutriSavvy Health

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies|The Urban Life

Low Carb Pumpkin Protein Fudge Bites|And a Dash of Cinnamon

Vanilla Apple Flan|Maria Ushakova
Vanilla Apple Flan|Maria Ushakova
Lower Carb Thanksgiving Recipes|Craving Something Healthy
Gluten Free Pumpkin Donuts with Maple Almond Butter Glaze | Unconventional Cooks

Wow- That was a mouthful!  Try some new recipes this year and let me know what you think of them πŸ™‚

Eat well!

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18 Comments

  1. Oh my goodness, it isn’t even 9 a.m. and all I’m craving is Thanksgiving food! So many incredible recipes – that butternut squash, brussels sprout and bread stuffing is DEFINITELY going on my Thanksgiving table! Thank you for rounding all of these delicious and low-carb food finds up! πŸ™‚

    1. I’m so glad! Thanksgiving has too many high carb treats and there are so many lower carb options that are super yummy too!

    1. I know, right?! I would probably keep extras of everything just so I could replace it as it got eaten… πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by Gigi!

    1. Ha ha – we’re actually escaping to my parents house this year – TOO much dust from the construction! Hope you’re well – need to get together soon! Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

  2. Ohhhhh….that savory cheesecake is going to be my Thanksgiving Day appetizer! Wow, I can barely wait! Thanks, Ann, and I have to tell you that this is a really, really nice post. πŸ™‚

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