Fluffy, creamy mashed potatoes may be what your Thanksgiving dreams are made of, but the side, high in saturated fat and empty calories, isn't exactly diet-friendly.
Fluffy, creamy mashed potatoes may be what your Thanksgiving dreams are made of, but the side, high in saturated fat and empty calories, isn't exactly diet-friendly. If you're trying to save a few calories this Thanksgiving and are looking for healthier, lower-carb, and low-calorie mashed options, any of these four recipes would be an excellent addition to your holiday plate.
Paleo Cauliflower Mash
Photo: Lizzie Fuhr
Gone low-carb or Paleo? High-fiber mashed cauliflower makes a fluffy, tasty substitution to carb-rich mashed potatoes. Sprinkle with Paleo-approved bacon pieces (why not?) and still get away with a 106-calorie side.
Low-Carb Mashed Potatoes
Photo: Michele Foley
If you just can't commit to a non-potato mash, this low-carb mashed potatoes recipe will save you on fat, calories, and carbs without having to give up your favorite holiday side. Using naturally creamy Yukon gold potatoes helps cut down on the amount of butter needed as well.
Celery Root and Parsnip Puree
Photo: Leta Shy
For a departure from traditional holiday flavors, opt for this celeriac and parsnip puree over mashed potatoes. The side is high in fiber and protein for a lower-calorie option that helps you feel satisfied.
Savory Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Photo: Jenny Sugar
For another filling side that will look amazing on your Thanksgiving table, try these fiber-rich savory mashed sweet potatoes. Flavored with cumin and cayenne, this dish is a spicier, dairy-free take on tradition.