Yes, turkey sandos are delicious and nutritious, but what about the rest of all that food? This Thanksgiving, don’t let those left overs go to waste — they can be made into healthy snacks and used up completely!
Here are the health benefits of your Thanksgiving leftovers, as well as some recipes to try!
1. Sweet Potatoes Dippers
These bad boys are chock full of goodness. They are high in fiber and low in fat while stocking tons of vitamin A. They are a good source of vitamin C for your skin and immune system, they have calcium for bone health, and potassium for your muscles.
Take your left over (cooked) sweet potatoes, brush them down with some olive oil, and broil them up until they are crispy. Season with mustard, garlic, and rosemary, and use them as dippers in your favorite sauce.
2. Turkey Bone Broth
Don’t toss those bones just yet! Whip up your very own bone broth to freeze and use for wintry soups, gravies, or as a health food if one of your loved ones gets sick this season. You can use it to make chicken noodle soup next time one of your family members has a cold!
Pop all those bones into a crock-pot with the remaining gravy, vegetables, juices, and any left over straggles of meat that are not quite sandwich worthy. Add a carrot, an onion, a heap of celery, some garlic cloves, and a 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar. Generally you want about 1 gallon of water so it can “cook off.”
Let this simmer for 24 hours, and then you'll have a great and versatile broth ready to go.
3. Fresh Cran Smoothie
What better way to help clean up your digestion this holiday season then to keep this cleansing fruit around post-turkey for your urinary system and for some extra vitamin C?
Add left over cranberries to your morning smoothie routine: Blend almond milk, banana, mixed berries, and cranberries, and enjoy!
4. Greens Galore
Scoop leftover veggies into a bowl and save them for a morning egg scramble. Use them to help you flush your system the morning after a big meal.
Got left over brussels sprouts? Brussels sprouts and cabbage are wonderful for helping your intestines replenish their natural health. Chill them and mix with almonds, shredded iceberg lettuce, and cabbage, and maybe even some of that turkey for a large intestine cleansing salad.
5. Squash the Stress
Generally squash is high in numerous B vitamins including B6 for women’s health, B12, and folate for reducing stress and increasing energy. These potassium-filled bulbs are great to stash in your fridge post-Thanksgiving.
Pull them out to add to soups, stews, pasta, and rice dishes. Also you can keep them chilled and add them to your favorite salad. Try this one: Baby Arugula, pomegranate seeds, walnuts, spiralized beets, and pre-cooked squash cubes.
What are your favorite ways to reuse your Thanksgiving leftovers? Share with us below!