The Thanksgiving Roundup: 3 Classic Side Dishes Made Lighter with 1 Simple Swap

The Thanksgiving Roundup: 3 Classic Side Dishes Made Lighter with 1 Simple Swap

Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, and food. But we all know that the holiday can throw personal health goals out the window! So, we rounded up three of our favorite thanksgiving side dishes to help keep you on track with a few simple swaps.  


So, if you’re craving a traditional Thanksgiving spread and not willing to compromise on flavor, substituting with our sugar alternatives is the way to go. Read on for our three traditional turkey-day recipes that will be on everyone’s table – this time, with less sugar. 


Let’s make: 


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Cranberry Sauce 

Cranberry Sauce is cooked with quite a bit of added sugar due to the berry’s naturally tart flavor. Avoid added sugar this Thanksgiving by using a sugar substitute like stevia.  

No Added Sugar Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Servings: 16 


4 Cups (1 Pkg.) Cranberries 

1/2 Cup Cranberries, Dried 

1/2 Cup Orange Juice 

Zest Of 1 Orange 

2 Tbsp. Organic SweetLeaf® Stevia 

5-6 Drops of SweetLeaf® SteviaClear Sweet Drops 



Add ingredients to a large pot and bring to a boil.  

Simmer, stirring every few minutes until the berries start to burst and the sauce thickens, about 30 minutes. 

If necessary, add more orange juice to reach desired consistency.  

Remove from heat and transfer to a shallow dish to cool. 


Holiday Yams 

Sweet potato's and yams are often used interchangeably, but they are different vegetables! Yams are less sweet and starchier compared to sweet potatoes, so more added sweetness may be necessary for a festive side dish. Sugar-free and yummy, this yam recipe is still perfectly comforting. 

Sugar Free Holiday Yam Recipe


Servings: 8 


4 Packets Organic SweetLeaf Stevia 

6 Cups Yams, Peeled and Cut Into 1/2-To-1-Inch Cubes 

4 Tbsp. Butter, Melted 

1/2 Tsp. Salt 

1/8 Tsp. Pepper 

1/2 Tsp. Cinnamon 



Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
Toss the cubed yams and melted butter together and spread onto a parchment-lined cookie or baking sheet.  

Then, season yams with salt, pepper, SweetLeaf® Organic Stevia, and cinnamon.  

Bake for 35 minutes, or until yams are cooked through and slightly caramelized. 


Seasonal Fruit Crisp 

For our dessert people! 😊 This crisp can be made with any seasonal fruit you like and can be made ahead of time. All you have to do is pop it in the oven to bake! This is a bright, guilt-free dessert packed with wholesome ingredients. We especially love it after a heavy meal like Thanksgiving dinner. Top with whipped cream or ice cream for a slightly more indulgent (but still reduced sugar) end to your meal.  

Low Sugar Thanksgiving Fruit Crisp Recipe

Servings: 6 


7 To 8 Cups Peeled & Chopped Seasonal Fruit 

1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract 

½ cup 50% Reduced Calorie Date Sugar 

2 Tbsp. Flour 

1 Tsp. Cinnamon 

¼ Tsp. Salt 


Topping Ingredients: 

3 Tbsp. Melted Butter 

1 Tsp. Cinnamon 

1 Cup Rolled Oats 

1 Cup Chopped Walnuts, Pecans, Or Almonds 

1 Tbsp. Indulge Granular 



Preheat oven to 350°F. 

Depending on the fruit you are using, wash berries or chop larger fruit into 1-inch-thick pieces. Place the seasonal fruit in a large mixing bowl. 

Mix the vanilla, SweetLeaf® 50% Reduced Calorie Date Sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt into the fruit. 

Spread the fruit mixture into a pie dish or baking dish that is about 9-13 inches. 

Spread the topping (recipe below) over the fruit so it is evenly distributed. 

Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour. 

If the topping gets done before the fruit, cover pan with foil the last 15 minutes of baking. 

Topping Directions:  

Place the melted butter in a bowl and mix in the cinnamon, oat, chopped nuts and SweetLeaf® Indulge Granular. 

Crumble the mixture on top of the fruit. 



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