Healthy Thanksgiving Inspired Recipes
Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to gather with family and friends. It’s a time to celebrate being together, and being thankful for all that we have. It’s also a time when most of us throw healthy eating out the window. I know, it’s just one day, right?…. But instead of reheating all that yummy/not so good for you food the next day, try a few of these healthy recipes to help you get back on track after a day of indulgence!
Our first couple of recipes give you options for all of that leftover turkey! Because although someone might have gobbled up all the sweet potato pie, there is sure to be enough leftover turkey to spare for days on end.
Turkey “Chicken” Salad
2 cups of shredded turkey breast
¼ cup dried cranberries (no sugar added)
½ cup low fat Greek yogurt
½ cup crisp apples(any variety)
½ tsp garlic powder
¼ cup chopped walnuts or slivered almonds
1 TBSP lemon juice
Salt and Pepper to taste
Directions: Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl. Make a sandwich out of the mixture using whole wheat bread, or put inside a whole wheat tortilla for a wrap. You can add more or less of the yogurt depending on your preference.
Turkey Avacado Cobb Salad
2 cups Romaine Salad (or baby spinach)
3oz sliced turkey
¼ cup chopped avocado
1 boiled egg chopped
¼ cup chopped tomato
2 TBSP Blue Cheese Crumbles (optional)
1 Slice crisp Turkey Bacon cooked and crumbled
Red Vinaigrette Dressing (Or other low fat light option)
Directions: Start with the bed of lettuce, and layer ingredients from there. Feel free to modify or add to this recipe, just watch out for the extra calories that are in cheese and some of the other “healthy” salad dressings. You can also throw all of the ingredients into a whole wheat tortilla for a wrap.
Next we have a few recipes to use some of that leftover cranberry sauce. Cranberries have a lot of antioxidants which are very good for you, just be careful of the extra added sugar in a lot of these sauces. The recipes below only use a little bit to keep the sugar content low.
½ cup of old fashioned oatmeal
1 cup water or milk
½ tsp cinnamon
1-2 TBSP Cranberry Sauce
Directions: Combine oatmeal and water(or milk) and microwave on high 2 ½-3 min. Top with cranberry sauce and cinnamon.
Cranberry Spinach Apple Smoothie
2 handfuls of baby spinach
½ crisp apple peel on
1-2 TBSP Flax Seed
1-2 TBSP Cranberry Sauce
1 cup Almond Milk (or other milk alternative)
1 scoop protein powder
A few ice cubes
Directions: Throw all the ingredients into your blender and blend on high until smooth. Enjoy!
Last, but not least, my favorite Thanksgiving inspired recipe to share with you… Healthy Pumpkin Muffins!! They are super easy to make, plus you can make these ahead of time to freeze for a quick snack, or something healthy to nibble on while cooking your feast.
Healthy Pumpkin Muffins
· 1 cup pumpkin puree
· 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
· 2 eggs
· 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
· 4 tablespoons almond butter*
· 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
· 2 and 1/4 cup rolled oats
· 1 teaspoon baking powder
· 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
· 1/2 teaspoon salt
· 1 teaspoon cinnamon
· 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips(optional)
Directions: Place all the ingredients, except for your chocolate chips, into your blender. That’s right, I said blender! So easy! Blend on high til mixture is smooth. Gently stir in chocolate chips with a spatula. Pour into greased muffin cups filling around 2/3 of the way full. Bake at 350 degrees for 22-25 minutes. You could substitute another type of nut butter for the almond butter if you prefer as long as it is all natural. If you aren’t big on chocolate, you can sprinkle some walnuts or dried cranberries on top of the muffins just prior to cooking!