19 Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes That Won’t Cause a Food Hangover

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Dinner rolls. Stuffing. Sweet potatoes. Your average Thanksgiving dinner tends to be excessively filled with carbohydrates. And while everyone blames turkey for post-meal sleepiness, it's actually the spike and crash that comes from refined carbs that usually does it.

If you want to enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner but avoid feeling like a sloth afterward, it's key to 1) balance heavier dishes like stuffing and casseroles with fresh vegetable sides, 2) eat a balance of carbohydrates and protein and 3) eat more whole grains, rather than refined carbohydrates. Whole grains don't cause the same blood sugar spike (and then crash) that refined carbohydrates do, and can be easily substituted for white carbs in most classic Thanksgiving side dishes.

It IS possible to have a delicious holiday meal without the food hangover. These 19 recipes are so tasty you won't even notice how healthy you're eating—until after dinner, that is. Warning: You might feel awesome and you'll certainly have room for pumpkin pie.

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