11 Healthy Thanksgiving Side Dishes

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it's time to start thinking about what to prepare for the big dinner. If you're like me, the real star of the Thanksgiving table isn't the bird; I'm all about the side dishes. While I like turkey, I think the side dishes are more fun and can satisfy just about everyone at the table, no matter what their eating preference is.

Thanksgiving dinner is traditionally considered a caloric nightmare, but if you load up on healthy side dishes and make healthier substitutions—like using quinoa instead of white rice, using quality dairy products and adding more vegetables where you can—it really adds up. And I'm not just talking calories, but nutrients that will leave you feeling satisfied, not stuffed. Leave that to the turkey.

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