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Healthy Thanksgiving treats

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Thanksgiving may be commonly referred to as Turkey Day, but it turns out there is a whole lot more than just turkey to eat on this special holiday. For those who would rather not stuff themselves with stuffing, and instead stuff themselves with healthy foods, this is the list for you. I now present to you: The top four healthy Thanksgiving foods.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Have you ever had the sweet potato fries from the lair? Did you like them? If so, I can assure you that you would love roasted sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are a great substitute for the standard Thanksgiving mashed potatoes. They have less calories and less carbs, and you don’t have to smother them with butter and gravy in order to make them taste good. Throw on some honey and cinnamon, and you got yourself a sweet potato party in your mouth.

Sautéed Carrots

It is a well known fact that carrots are one of the few vegetables that actually taste good. So why not capitalize on their healthiness this Thanksgiving season? Just chop up a few carrots, throw them in a pan, top it off with some olive oil and sage, and you got yourself some tasty carrots.

Pumpkin Smoothies

Nothing screams fall more than pumpkins, and nothing screams healthy more than smoothies. Although it may seem like an awkward concoction, pumpkin smoothies are actually a pretty tasty treat. All you need is your usual smoothie ingredients: milk, yogurt and ice. Throw in some pumpkin pie filling and all of a sudden you have a pumpkin flavored smoothie. If you are looking to be especially festive, crumble up some graham crackers on top for that extra crunch.

Turkey Spring Rolls

Although spring may be in the name, turkey spring rolls are destined to be made during the fall. Making these tasty treats is a lot like making regular spring rolls. You’ll need shredded turkey, cellophane noodles, various vegetables and rice paper wrappers. Then just get cooking and get wrapping, and your spring rolls will be on the way. You can get creative with the dipping sauces too. Dip one in cranberry sauce and then another in soy sauce, and then compare.

Overall, Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for the people around you, not just the food you are eating. Hopefully, these tasty treats will not only fill your belly, but bring you closer to the family and friends that you can share them with. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

This is the opinion of Cormac Dolezal, a sophomore film production major from Woodbury, MN. Tweet comments to @cormacmdolezal or email comments to

Cormac Dolezal is a sophomore film production major from Minnesota. When he's not listening to the Beatles or procrastinating his homework, he's probably making movies.

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