Cut Calories with Our Healthier Thanksgiving Dinner Menu (Page 4)

3. Sweet Potatoes

How We Made Them Healthier

To keep the calories reasonable, we start with a smaller amount of sweet potatoes. This yields about 1/2-cup serving size for each person, which is plenty, especially considering all the other food on a Thanksgiving menu. Given that sweet potatoes are already sweet, we use just enough maple syrup to give them a great flavor without overdoing it; this helps keep calories in check. We do add butter for its flavor, but just enough so the sweet potatoes taste great and the total fat and saturated fat are still reasonable.

Featured Recipe:
EatingWell Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes

More Healthy Recipes to Try:
Easy Thanksgiving Casserole Recipes
Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes
Easy Sweet Potato Recipes
Holiday Side Dish Recipes

  EatingWell Recipe Traditional Recipe Amount Saved % Cut
Calories 96 274 178 65%
Fat (g) 2 11 9 82%
Saturated Fat (g) 1 4 3 75%
Sodium (mg) 118 51 67 131%
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