Now that the big feasts are over many of us are wondering what to do with the huge piles of leftover food! One one hand, you could eat it all, however research has shown that its not the holiday meal that causes weight gain but the combination of eating leftovers 2-3 days after the big event. The easy answer to avoiding additional weight gain is to get rid of the extra treats (if you have any) and re-purpose the healthier items. If there are tempting treats left in the house it’s best to find a new home for them as soon as you can – they can’t tempt you if they aren’t available! If you can’t send them away with your house guests, bring them to work to share among your colleagues.
As for your healthy holiday food:
Your excess turkey and vegetables are a great way to start your new year off with a bang! Just think about it, using leftovers in your meals means all the prep work has already been done. You can easily pack some up into single serving freezer meals to use in a pinch over the next few weeks and of course eat some.
The issue is that nobody wants to eat turkey and veggies for a week. The best way to deal with this is to use your creativity to re-purpose your healthy leftovers into exciting new dishes…. how about a turkey casserole or perhaps a turkey soup? Here is a great recipe to use up your holiday fixings:
2 cups chopped romaine lettuce
2 cups chopped spinach
3 ounces cooked, chopped, skinless lean turkey breast
2 Tbsp. dried cranberries, chopped
2 Tbsp. crumbled fat free feta cheese
1 Tbsp. chopped pecans
1 Tbsp. canned whole cranberry sauce
½ Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
½ tsp. honey mustard
Dash of pepper and salt
On a large plate or bowl, combine all salad ingredients. Mix well and set aside. In a small bowl, combine dressing ingredients and whisk until thoroughly mixed. Pour dressing over the salad or serve it on the side.
Nutrition Facts: 296 calories, 7g fat, 28g carbohydrates, 32g protein
Have a safe and happy New Year from everyone at PushFIT!