Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year to reflect on all the people and things for which we’re so grateful. This year, why not practice gratitude for your own health by prioritizing it in your Thanksgiving meal?

Now—we’re not recommending that you replace your entire scheduled meal with wellness-focused options, but replacing a few factors or dishes can go a long way. Your kids might even like these versions more!

First up, here’s the recipe for a healthier vegetable dish to serve as a side.

Roasted Root Vegetables


  • 3 pounds root veggies, such as carrots, parsnips, sweet potatoes, and beets (include as much variety as you want!)
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh rosemary leaves


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 425° F.
  2. Chop all your veggies into 1″ chunks, then place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  3. Drizzle the olive oil over everything, then sprinkle your salt and freshly ground black pepper on top.
  4. Make sure your veggies are spread out evenly across the pan.
  5. Roast for 30 minutes.
  6. Remove the baking sheet and sprinkle everything with the chopped rosemary.
  7. Toss everything just a bit, then return your baking sheet to the oven for 10-15 more minutes until everything’s nicely caramelized.