Healthier Thanksgiving Sweet Potatoes

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It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving here in the United States is only three weeks away! I don’t even want to think about Christmas being only 7 weeks away.

I love Thanksgiving, the smells of turkey, pumpkin and apple pies, and a cornucopia of vegetables fill the air. There’s cornbread, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes,  gravy. This year I’ve been thinking about giving my Thanksgiving food a little tweak. I’ve been thinking about making my holiday recipes just a little healthier.

I mean, think about it. Thanksgiving is one of the few holidays that’s all about overindulging, eating unhealthy foods and overabundance. You don’t have to let it be that way though. With a few healthy changes and updated classic dishes, you can make your Thanksgiving table not only full of food that tastes good, but are a healthier alternative.

As a health coach, I help people change the way they eat. There are as many reasons for changing your diet as there are ways to eat healthier. Many have adopted a healthier menu for their everyday lives, by eating low carb or have adopted a raw foods diet or even a dairy-free lifestyle. Some are doing this for weight loss while others do it for health reasons. No matter the reason, they don’t want to blow their lifestyle on one day of celebration.

Over the next two weeks, I will be offering up 10 healthy recipes for Thanksgiving. The lightened versions of classic dishes taste decadent. Many don’t rely on fat for the flavor. Some of the dishes are classics that have been updated while others are new twists on favorites.

You’ll find dishes in every category here to create your own delicious, healthy Thanksgiving.

Today, I have an updated Sweet Potato recipe for you. I hope you enjoy it!


Apple Butter Sweet Potatoes

Serves: 10


4 pounds fresh sweet potatoes

6 tablespoons room temperature unsalted butter

1/2 cup apple butter



Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Stab the sweet potatoes all over with a fork piercing the skin.  Put in a large baking sheet or jelly roll pan.  Cook until very tender, for 1 1/2 hours

Cool to the touch. Remove the peels from the sweet potatoes. Put into a large bowl. Smash with a potato masher until creamy and smooth. Add the butter and apple butter and continue smashing until mixed well.

Sprinkle salt and serve.

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  1. becky says:

    love this idea of 10 thanksgiving recipes! I agree, its a great time of year but it can be hard with all of the overindulgance that takes place. This is a great one and I look forward to the additional recipes!

  2. Angie says:

    We don’t have Thanksgiving here in the UK, but I do enjoy reading all the recipes that the celebration inspires every year! I would never think of adding apple butter (I take it that it pureed apple?) to sweet potatoes – I’ll have to give it a try now!

    • Mary says:

      Actually Angie, apple butter is kind of like applesauce, but has been simmered longer and with spices added. I put cinnamon in my homemade apple butter.

      My daughter and son-in-law lived in Scotland for four years, and she and a bunch of their other American friends would all celebrate Thanksgiving together. Most of the time it had to be over the weekend instead on the actual Thursday.

  3. Dana Pionk says:

    One benefit of living 3000 miles away from my family is I often don’t over indulge during the holidays these days! This recipe sounds yummy though! My favorite is stuffing with gravy!

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