11 Paleo Sides and Desserts You’ll be Thankful for this Holiday

For some, Thanksgiving is a day of football and food. For others, more is gained from spending time in the kitchen preparing a meal for and with those we love. No matter what your Thanksgiving traditions look like, for some, a healthier diet and lifestyle is something they carry with them everyday, holidays included. Whether you have joined those of us eating a paleo diet for medical reasons, weight-loss goals, or simply because it is the food you enjoy, we want to help you enjoy the holidays just as you used to as child. Here to join your Thanksgiving turkey is an array of delicious sides and desserts that will make you wonder why you ever thought a paleo lifestyle would be difficult.


Grain-free Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe by Against All Grain

This flavor-filled stuffing will have you coming back for more! For some, like myself, Thanksgiving is all about the sides and a great stuffing is a staple on the table. Packed with wholesome ingredients and a light, fluffy texture this dish will make you thankful for your healthy lifestyle choices.


Blender Bread Recipe by Against All Grain

Whether bread and apple butter are your jam, or you just need the basic ingredient for your stuffing, this incredibly simple, tasty and quick-to-make bread will become a classic in your household.


Easy Paleo Gravy by CookEatPaleo

Whether poured over turkey, stuffing or mashed potatoes, this creamy Thanksgiving necessity is free of all the unhealthy starches and grains frequently found in store-bought or other stuffing recipes.


Dairy-Free Cream Spinach by Against All Grain

For some Thanksgiving is all about creamy, saucy, rich and delectable sides packed with flavor! Here is a healthy alternative featuring fresh, nutrient packed ingredients that will fulfill all your holiday wishes.


Low-Carb, Gluten-Free Green Bean Casserole Recipe by Wholesome Yum

An absolute staple on virtually everyone’s Thanksgiving table, this classic side is so much better than the canned version you will never go back. Healthy and delicious, with a nice crunch on top, this dish is sure to please even the most jaded paleo foodies.


Maple-Thyme Roasted Carrots by Life Currents

Add a little color to your table this year with these quick and simple carrots. Healthy and sweet even the pickiest little eaters will love these delicious veggies on the Thanksgiving table.


Apple and Butternut Squash Hash by Paleo OMG

Perfect as a side for Thanksgiving dinner, or even a hot breakfast with eggs over top, this incredible dish is a meal in and of itself. Full of flavor and packed with nutrients everyone will love the creative, colorful combo of healthy meats and veggies.


Cinnamon & Sugar Skillet Sweet Potatoes by Paleo OMG

So much better than the canned, unhealthy version covered in sugary marshmallows found on your Grandmother’s table, these cinnamon and sugar sweet potatoes will satisfy your sweet tooth while the scattering of nuts will pack a nice crunch.


Paleo Cran-Cherry Sauce by Nom Nom Paleo

Sweet and satisfying, the addition of cherries to this homemade, paleo-inspired cranberry dressing makes it so much sweeter than other healthy alternatives usually chock full of bittersweet cranberries only. Even your kids will love this treat alongside their turkey this Thanksgiving Eve.


Paleo Pumpkin Pie by CookEatPaleo

Simple, fun and delicious, this pumpkin pie will be loved by all and IF you are lucky enough have leftovers, eaten for breakfast! Full of traditional flavors and fresh pumpkin filling no one will ever know this version is so much better for their health!


Paleo Apple Pie by Living Healthy With Chocolate

A traditional holiday classic, apple pie is so much fun to make with the kids! Jam-packed with apples, a flaky crust and crumb topping this healthy and delicious pie is amazing warm or cold and is guaranteed to exceed everyone’s expectations.


For more tips on a family-friendly holiday check out 8 Fun Ways for your Kids to help with Thanksgiving Dinner.
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Kristin Depaula

Kristin is a native Floridian who loves warm weather and sunshine but owns too many scarves and boots. She lives at the World’s Most Famous Beach with her husband, 3 boys and enough animals both warm and cold blooded to make up a zoo. She is a practicing attorney who spends her days working with at-risk and delinquent youth and her nights being a Montessori Mama to her independent, strong willed little humans. On the weekends you can find her at soccer games, chasing her boys at the Beach or cooking for her husband who suffers from Crohn’s disease but is healing with a healthy diet. In her free time, Kristin loves reading and laying by the pool.

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