Four Healthier Thanksgiving Desserts

A healthier thanksgiving dinner displayed on a table.

The holidays are just around the corner, and with them are plenty of calorie-rich meals. Perhaps the biggest threat to your diet this Thanksgiving is the dessert table, traditionally filled with rich pecan & pumpkin pies. If you’re looking for ways to save on calories while still indulging, try one of these delicious, healthy Thanksgiving desserts:

Pumpkin Pie

By using evaporated milk and egg whites, and with minimal brown sugar, this pumpkin pie from Cooking Light has all the flavor with far less calories than a traditional version. It also has four grams of protein and three grams of fiber per serving, so you won’t feel too bad about going back for a second slice.

Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Better-for-You Pecan Pie

This pecan pie from Shape Magazine is free of butter and corn syrup, and is packed with protein and and vitamins from all those delicious pecans.

Pecan Pie Recipe

Pumpkin Pie Pudding

You don’t have to enjoy your pumpkin baked in a pie. With half the calories of a normal pudding, plus five grams of protein in every serving, there’s no reason to feel bad about ending your meal with this creamy dessert from

Apple Cranberry Crisp

This crisp is low on sugar, but high on fresh fruit, fiber and protein. Don’t worry if you have leftovers – this is also perfect for breakfast the morning after Thanksgiving.

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