December 16, 2020 3 min read
The holidays can be challenging for a number of reasons when you’re trying to be healthy. Whether it’s the traveling, the stress, or the sweets, there are always obstacles around this time of year that can keep us from reaching our goals.
Of course, the most obvious obstacles for weight loss during the holidays are those big, hearty meals that everyone looks forward to while traveling in the Inland Empire. Not only do those calorie bombs make Thanksgiving and Christmas day hard, but there’s also another hidden challenge to deal with: leftovers!
Having leftovers around can take your holiday celebrations from one meal to several days, and keeping them around is usually what leads to that dreaded “winter weight.” One splurgy meal isn’t too bad, but several …. Is a little worse.
Luckily, you can get ahead of this challenge by planning ahead and using the leftovers as part of your meal prep. You’ll avoid waste and get to celebrate all week long, without the negative effects. Here are a couple of ideas to keep in your back pocket this year:
Turkey is the quintessential Thanksgiving food, and there’s usually a lot of it. Luckily, turkey itself is a relatively lean protein that can be used in a couple of different ways in your meal prep:
Forever one of the most loved carbs on the table, mashed potatoes have a bit of a bad reputation as a not-so-healthy food choice. Once the Thanksgiving dinner is over, though, you can use them in appropriate portions for healthy and filling meal.
Another fan favorite at the Thanksgiving table, stuffing can be used for more than just a complementary turkey side.
Pumpkin pie filling
Yes, really! If you have extra pumpkin puree lying around from your baking endeavors, you can take this classic flavor and repurpose it as part of a healthy meal plan!
Thanksgiving leftovers don’t have to be scary! Approach these foods just like you would another other foods in your meal prep planand incorporate them into healthy servings to make the festivities last all week long.
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