Nutritious Thanksgiving Sides

Happy Thanksgiving! While you prepare your turkey (or ham) and set the table for your friends and family, you’ll probably also want to think about what sides you’ll be serving. There are so many options to choose from, and everyone has their own favorite. But there are several sides that will give a great nutritious boost to any Thanksgiving plate!

Potatoes: white, sweet, purple, gold, red

  • The most widely consumed vegetable 
  • Rich in phytochemicals
  • Rich in Vitamin C, Potassium, Fiber



  • Technically a fruit, but considered a starchy vegetable
  • When dried it becomes popcorn, corn meal, corn bread
  • Rich in Fiber, Magnesium, Thiamine, Folate, Vitamin C, Potassium


Squash: pumpkin, butternut, acorn, delicata, Hubbard, kabocha, spaghetti

  • Rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Potassium, Fiber
  • Roasting the seeds provides fiber, unsaturated fat, Vitamin E, Fiber



  • The beans are the basis for chocolate
  • Rich in Phytochemicals, Antioxidants
  • Have anti-inflammatory properties
  • Dark chocolate has more phytochemicals than milk chocolate
  • Dark chocolate contains 50% of cocoa


Beans: black, garbanzo, black-eyed peas, cannellini, kidney, lima, pinto, lentils

  • Contain Protein and Carbohydrates; such as Fiber
  • Can be made into hummus and falafel



  • Rich in Vitamin C, Folate, Potassium, Lycopene
  • Considered a nightshade fruit
  • May help decrease prostate cancer


Chili peppers:

  • Rich in Phytochemicals, Vitamin C