First up is a dish that no Thanksgiving meal should go without: cranberry sauce. This side dish is a must for most holiday-meal spreads. What other food shaped like the inside of a tin can is so appealing?
A little sweet, a little tart, and this holiday fare is actually pretty good for you, too. For an even healthier version, consider making your own with less sugar (though, it won't be shaped like a perfect cylinder).
Cranberries, a fruit native to North America, have a host of health benefits. One cup (237 grams) contains 20 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin C, the immune-boosting, heart-healthy vitamin. There's also 65 milligrams of potassium per serving [source: Cranberry Institute].
And as you'll see on the next page, our list of tasty holiday foods includes more of nature's sweet treats.