Savory Thanksgiving Sides with Less Carbs

The fall and winter holidays are an excellent time to gather with friends and family and reflect on the year. For many of us, we see people we only see once or twice a year. It’s a fantastic chance to see how much the kids have grown, catch up on the news and enjoy a great meal together. However, for those of us with blood sugar concerns, holiday meals can be a minefield.

That’s why today we’ll be sharing some delicious recipes you can bring to the table and enjoy without worry. The carb counts and calories on these vary, but the most carb-heavy has 7.08 grams of carbs, which means you should be able to enjoy a meal without thinking!

Duchess Cauliflowers


For some people, it’s not Thanksgiving until the duchess potatoes are served. The problem is that those potatoes can cause blood sugar to spike and ruin the rest of your meal. That’s why we like this delicious cauliflower version. These aren’t exact copycats — you won’t mistake them for potato — but they are truly great in their own right. A tenth of the recipe has 58 calories and 1.7 grams of carbs. Get the recipe.

Moroccan Roasted Green Beans


We love green bean casserole as much as everyone else, but sometimes you want something a little lighter on the stomach while still packing a lot of flavor. We like these as a change of pace, and they will be finding a place on our dining table. One cup has 73 calories and four grams of carbs. Get the recipe.

Balsamic Shallot Mushrooms


If you want a mushroom dish but want to avoid the soup and casserole route, this recipe might be for you. You get the meatiness of the mushrooms without all the salt and additives you mind in a can of soup. It’s a really easy recipe that is fast and straightforward. A serving only has 89 calories and six grams of carbs. Get the recipe.

Cranberry Sauce


Cranberry sauce is probably one of the biggest hurdles when it comes to counting carbs during the holidays. Depending on who made it, it can be quite sharp and nutritious or make you feel like you put a whole candy shop in your mouth. To avoid feeling like you’re playing the lottery, you can use this simple recipe, which uses erythritol as a sweetener and orange zest to complement the cranberries. A serving has only 20 calories and six carbs. Get the recipe.

Cranberry Jalapeño “Cornbread” Muffins

Cornmeal has an awful lot of carbohydrates. These “cornbread” muffins are made from coconut flour. But, you won’t be disappointed by the swap when you taste these savory-sweet muffins. The cranberries and jalapeños make the flavors pop. They are excellent when served alongside your turkey dinner. Each muffin has 157 calories and 7.08 grams of carbs. That way, you can eat your muffin and enjoy it too! Get the recipe.

Next week, we will be sharing some great sweet recipes. You can also check out past holiday recipes we have shared. We hope these recipes help you prepare for the holidays and have a wonderful time celebrating.

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