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Enjoy these lighter meals for a post-Thanksgiving feast.

Thanksgiving comes around once a year, and you do your best to give thanks by eating your weight in turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and stuffing. And of course pie. So much pie.

You may be feeling a tad over-stuffed (and maybe even testing the elasticity of the waistband on those comfy pants). While the last thing you want to see is another potato or gravy boat, you will need to eventually eat again.

We’ve got you covered. Here’s some of our fave healthier, lighter, but still tasty options to nosh on post-feasting (at least until the next holiday gorging begins).


1. Healthy Turkey and Chick Pea-Stuffed Eggplant

thanksgiving gorging eggplant

This eggplant is packin’ plenty of protein for a filling and nutritious meal.


2. Skinny Chicken and Roasted Vegetable Paninis

thanksgiving gorging paninis

Make sure to eat your veggies—especially roasted, with melty mozzarella cheese, on crispy bread.


3. Quinoa Almond Salad

thanksgiving gorging quinoa

Quinoa is the ultimate grain—full of protein with a delicious nutty flavor that makes this salad filling and satisfying.


4. Roasted Garlic White Bean Dip

thanksgiving gorging dip

Hummus fans will fall in love with this white bean dip. Perfect with your favorite chip or veg.


5. Skinny Ginger Chicken Noodle Soup

thanksgiving gorging chicken soup

There’s nothing more comforting than a bowl of chicken noodle soup, and this Asian-inspired twist on the classic features less fat, more fiber and plenty of flavor.


6. Pumpkin Pie Yogurt Smoothies

thanksgiving gorging smoothie

Just because you’re taking it easy on the big meals doesn’t mean you have to skip dessert. Pamper that sweet tooth with this pumpkin pie flavored yogurt smoothie.


7. White Bean and Spinach Pizza

thanksgiving gorging pizza

Pizza is life. There’s no reason to stop eating it. Ever. And this white bean and spinach version is a healthier option for when the craving hits.


8. Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza Poppers

thanksgiving gorging poppers

Poppable pizza bites are the perfect snack when you’re feeling peckish.


9. Cinnamon Cereal Smoothies

thanksgiving gorging cereal smoothie

A sippable version of your morning bowl of breakfast cereal.


10. Baked Apple Chips

thanksgiving gorging chips

Skip the potato chip and indulge in the apple chip!


11. Zucchini Pizza Bites

thanksgiving gorging zucchini

Next time you want some pizza, try swapping out the carbs and use zucchini for the crust. It’s a great way to sneak in your daily requirement of veggies!


12. Apple Cinnamon Crunch Yogurt Bowl

thanksgiving gorging bowl

Maximize the yogurt yum-factor by adding chopped up apples and crunchy granola.


13. Healthy Split Pea Soup with Veggies

thanksgiving gorging pea soup

Split pea is a delicious, hearty fall soup—and super easy, thanks to the slow-cooker.


14. Taco Hummus and Tortilla Chips

thanksgiving gorging hummus

Zazz up hummus with taco seasoning, fresh cilantro and queso fresco for an easy snack or appetizer.


15. Skinny Crescent Jalapeno Poppers

thanksgiving gorging poppers

You won’t even notice that these jalapeno poppers have been “healthified”. Better make a double batch just to be sure!

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