4 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes for the Whole Family

Feb 6, 2022
Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

The Perfect Thanksgiving Feast

At Rising Phoenix Fitness, we believe that celebrating Thanksgiving doesn't have to mean indulging in unhealthy dishes that leave you feeling sluggish. We have curated a collection of nutritious and delicious recipes that will please everyone around the table, without compromising on taste. Prepare these healthy Thanksgiving recipes and nourish your body while enjoying the festive spirit!

1. Roasted Herb Turkey Breast

Kick-start your Thanksgiving feast with a flavorful and moist Roasted Herb Turkey Breast. This lean protein-packed dish is perfect for health-conscious individuals. Marinated in a blend of fresh herbs and spices, the turkey breast is then oven-roasted to perfection. Seasoned with garlic, rosemary, and thyme, it offers a burst of flavors that will delight your taste buds.


  • 1 boneless turkey breast (approx. 4-5 lbs)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. In a small bowl, mix together minced garlic, chopped rosemary, chopped thyme, salt, and black pepper.
  3. Pat the turkey breast dry with a paper towel and place it on a baking sheet.
  4. Rub the herb mixture all over the turkey breast, ensuring it is evenly coated.
  5. Roast the turkey breast in the preheated oven for about 1-1.5 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (75°C).
  6. Let it rest for 15 minutes before slicing.

2. Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash

Add a vegetarian twist to your Thanksgiving table with this vibrant and hearty Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash. Packed with essential nutrients, this dish is a delightful combination of fluffy quinoa, seasonal vegetables, and fragrant herbs. The natural sweetness of acorn squash balances perfectly with the savory stuffing, creating a mouthwatering combination.


  • 2 acorn squash, halved and seeds removed
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Place the acorn squash halves on a baking sheet, cut side down. Bake for 25 minutes, or until tender.
  3. In the meantime, rinse quinoa under cold water and drain.
  4. In a saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add diced onion and minced garlic, and sauté until translucent.
  5. Add quinoa, vegetable broth, dried thyme, and dried sage. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until quinoa is cooked and liquid is absorbed.
  6. Remove the quinoa from heat and let it sit, covered, for 5 minutes.
  7. Fluff the quinoa with a fork and stir in dried cranberries and chopped pecans. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Carefully fill the roasted acorn squash halves with the quinoa stuffing.
  9. Bake for an additional 15-20 minutes, or until the squash is golden and the stuffing is heated through.

3. Balsamic Glazed Brussels Sprouts

Elevate your Thanksgiving side dish game with these Balsamic Glazed Brussels Sprouts. These tender and caramelized sprouts are bursting with flavor and provide a wealth of essential nutrients. The tangy balsamic glaze adds a delightful twist to this classic vegetable, making it a crowd favorite at the dinner table.


  • 1 lb Brussels sprouts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey (or maple syrup for a vegan version)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Trim the Brussels sprouts and cut them in half.
  3. In a bowl, toss the Brussels sprouts with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey (or maple syrup), salt, and pepper, until they are evenly coated.
  4. Spread them out in a single layer on a baking sheet.
  5. Bake for approximately 25-30 minutes, or until the Brussels sprouts are tender and caramelized, stirring once halfway through.

4. Pumpkin Chia Pudding

End your Thanksgiving feast on a sweet and healthy note with this luscious Pumpkin Chia Pudding. Made with nutritious ingredients, this indulgent dessert is packed with vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids. The subtle blend of pumpkin and warm spices creates a creamy and satisfying treat that will leave everyone craving more.


  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Pinch of salt


  1. In a bowl, whisk together almond milk, chia seeds, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, ground ginger, and a pinch of salt.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight until the pudding has thickened.
  3. Give the pudding a good stir before serving.
  4. Garnish with your choice of toppings such as chopped nuts, shredded coconut, or a drizzle of extra maple syrup.

Join Rising Phoenix Fitness this Thanksgiving and enjoy a nourishing feast with these healthy recipes. Embrace a lifestyle of health, nutrition, and fitness, and let us be your trusted partner in your journey towards optimal well-being. Happy Thanksgiving!

Cynthia Harrington
The turkey and quinoa stuffed peppers sound like a unique and healthy twist on a traditional dish. Can't wait to try it!
Oct 28, 2023
Katie Bloom
The butternut squash soup recipe looks like a cozy and nourishing addition to the Thanksgiving menu.
Oct 21, 2023
Steve Fogel
I'm always on the lookout for healthy Thanksgiving recipes. Thank you for sharing these.
Oct 17, 2023
Mark Lacey
Thank you for promoting a healthy approach to Thanksgiving. These recipes are fantastic.
Oct 15, 2023
Yummy and guilt-free! 🦃💪🍽️
Oct 4, 2023
I'm excited to try the cranberry and almond quinoa salad. It looks like a refreshing addition to the Thanksgiving table.
Oct 2, 2023
Susan Tracy
I appreciate the focus on nutritious and delicious recipes. Can't wait to try them with my family!
Sep 12, 2023
Adalberto Trujillo
The healthier take on Thanksgiving recipes is a refreshing change. Looking forward to trying them out.
Sep 1, 2023
Court Rejman
These recipes seem simple and nutritious. Thank you for sharing.
Aug 23, 2023
Sean McLafferty
The roasted vegetable medley recipe is a great way to incorporate more veggies into the Thanksgiving meal.
Aug 8, 2023
Clint Peterson
I appreciate these healthier alternatives for Thanksgiving. It's important to indulge mindfully.
Aug 6, 2023
Iris Wang
I love the idea of making healthier choices for Thanksgiving. These recipes are perfect.
Jul 8, 2023
Wendell Nixon
These recipes are a great way to enjoy a healthier Thanksgiving without sacrificing flavor.
Jun 12, 2023
David Shiffrin
The idea of a healthy Thanksgiving feast is truly inspiring. Thank you for the recipes!
May 25, 2023
Janet Silverman
The whole family will definitely enjoy these healthier options. Can't wait to cook them!
May 13, 2023
Bret Kroll
I appreciate the emphasis on nutrition without compromising on taste. These recipes are a win-win!
Apr 1, 2023
Chadd Scarlett
These recipes look delicious! Can't wait to try them out for Thanksgiving! 🍴
Mar 19, 2023
Barbara Polverari
Thank you for sharing these wonderful recipes. I'm excited to cook them for my family!
Mar 18, 2023
Laurent Totel
I'm so grateful for these nutritious recipes. Thanksgiving will be even more special this year!
Mar 16, 2023
Caleb Braaten
I appreciate the focus on healthy options for Thanksgiving. It's important to have a balance.
Feb 8, 2023
Name Name
The roasted Brussels sprouts with balsamic glaze recipe sounds like a flavorful and healthy side dish.
Jan 26, 2023
Mikel Valdivia
These recipes look amazing! Can't wait to try them out.
Jan 10, 2023
Grahame Gadd
The photos accompanying the recipes are so enticing. Can't wait to cook these up!
Jan 2, 2023
Ryan Gracey
These recipes look amazing! Can't wait to try them out.
Dec 31, 2022
Todd Densler
My family is always looking for healthier options for the holidays. Thanks for sharing these recipes!
Nov 25, 2022
David Christy
I love how these recipes are both healthy and delicious. Perfect for Thanksgiving! 🍁
Nov 11, 2022
Joann Hatfield
I love how these recipes incorporate healthier ingredients without compromising on flavor. Well done!
Oct 26, 2022
Ben Limonchik
The variety of recipes is great! Something for everyone at the table.
Sep 11, 2022
Borja Denedo
Thank you for promoting nutritious options for Thanksgiving! Can't wait to try these out with my family.
Sep 5, 2022
Nani Segaye
I appreciate the effort put into curating these healthier Thanksgiving recipes. Thank you!
Jul 22, 2022
Eric Hartman
This article couldn't have come at a better time. We're excited to try out these recipes.
Jul 21, 2022
Scott McKie
I'm impressed by the creativity in these recipes. Excited to give them a try.
Jun 24, 2022
Mac Nelson
I'm always on the lookout for healthier holiday recipes. These options look fantastic.
May 31, 2022
Ronald Cooper
The sweet potato and apple bake sounds like a delicious and nutritious side dish. Can't wait to give it a try!
May 31, 2022
Bj Watkins
I'm always on the lookout for nutritious Thanksgiving recipes. These are perfect!
May 13, 2022
Jon Vancott
I love that these recipes focus on whole, nutritious ingredients. Can't wait to make them for Thanksgiving!
Mar 30, 2022
Eugene Banta
Love the idea of healthy and tasty Thanksgiving dishes. Excited to give these a try!
Mar 28, 2022
Clare Garret
I'm loving the variety of recipes here. It's great to have healthier options for Thanksgiving.
Mar 17, 2022