Thanksgiving is our favorite time of year because we get to spend time with our loved ones and give thanks for the most important things in life. This year we’re feeling so grateful for the Tone It Up community and the endless love and support it brings to so many lives.

And of course the Thanksgiving food is incredible! ;) We know you have a lot on your plate (turkey and pie, to name a few!) so we’re here to help with delicious, simple side dish recipes. These recipes are all Tone It Up Nutrition Plan approved, so they’ll help you have a healthy and balanced holiday.

Whether you’ll be hosting or spending the holidays at a friend’s or relative’s house, these dishes are easy to whip up so you have time to focus on your loved ones. And they’re so delish, your family will be begging for leftovers!

Have the best Thanksgiving!

Pistachio Date Brussels Sprouts

Brussels are one of our favorite fall veggies! We paired them with dates and pistachios for some added sweetness and crunch.

 Makes four servings

  • 1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts, cut into quarters
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 4 dates, diced
  • 1/4 cup pistachios, roughly chopped


1. In a large pan over medium-low heat, add 1 Tablespoon olive oil, Brussels sprouts, and salt. Sauté for 10-15 minutes. Allow the Brussels to cook for five more minutes without moving them so they develop a nice brown crunch!

2. In a large bowl, combine 1 teaspoon olive oil, maple syrup, and lemon juice. Whisk to combine. Add diced dates, pistachios, and cooked Brussels sprouts. Toss to combine.

Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet meets savory with this dish! Nutmeg, ground ginger, and cinnamon provide an earthy fall taste that everyone will love.

Grab the recipe here: sweet potato casserole.

Mashed Potatoes

We made our take on this classic with roasted garlic cloves to add flavor without all of the extra butter and milk!

Try it here: mashed potatoes.

Green Bean Bake

We swapped in nutritional yeast for cheese in this traditional dish to boost vitamin B12 while still maintaining the decadent taste.

Grab the recipe here: green bean bake.

Cranberry Sauce

Our lower-sugar version of the holiday staple is the perfect topper for turkey, mashed potatoes, or even pie!

Try the recipe here: fruit infused cranberry sauce.

Sparkling Cider Rosé

Does a cocktail count as a side? ;) This will be a major crowd pleaser at your table!

 Makes two servings

  • 10 ounces sparkling rosé of your choice
  • 7 ounces Martinelli’s Apple Cider
  • 1-2 dashes of cinnamon


1. Pour rosé in mason jars or large wine glasses.

2. Add apple cider and a dash of cinnamon on top. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and crab apple. Cheers!

We know the holiday season is extra busy, so let us be your rock! Join the Tone It Up Nutrition Plan and we’ll take all the guesswork out of healthy eating. The Plan lays out exactly what to eat, when, and why to feel healthy, happy, and balanced. Learn more about the Nutrition Plan!

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