6 Healthy Snacks Using Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

How To Use Up Your Thanksgiving Leftovers.
By Stuart Carter, Men’s Health Coach & Head Trainer, The Fit Father Project

It’s generally accepted that the first Thanksgiving feast was held in November 1621, after the collection of the pilgrim’s first harvest. Surprisingly, what they ate back then is similar to what we still eat today.

The problem of what to do with the remaining turkey is therefore not a new one!

In this article I’ll offer you a solution…. Well, 6 actually! 🙂

There is a way to have your turkey and enjoy it!

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The Challenge

You may have found it hard to stick to your healthy eating plan recently, with the Thanksgiving and impending Christmas break. Committing to eating turkey sandwiches for the next few days will probably push you over the edge.

Fortunately this is not the only way to eat your thanksgiving leftovers. The following healthy snacks can actually make it enjoyable to finish off your turkey, at all sorts of times of the day.

6 Healthy Thanksgiving Leftovers Snacks

Try any one of these and you’ll be wishing it was Thanksgiving every week; just so you can enjoy these tasty, healthy Thanksgiving leftovers snacks.

Thanksgiving Leftovers Snack #1. Cucumber Topped Bites

Thanksgiving leftoversThis is really simple to make and full of protein, giving you and your muscles a much needed boost in the middle of the day.

You’ll need:

• 1 or 2 cucumbers.
• 1 pot hummus.
• Leftover Turkey pieces.

The Method:

Cut the cucumbers into chunky slices.

Add a spoonful of hummus; this can be flavored if your desire.

Place a piece or pieces of leftover turkey on top.

This is the perfect accompaniment for an evening of entertainment, light yet delicious and easy to grab with your fingers.

You can even pack them into a box and take them to work with you to snack on during the day.

Thanksgiving Leftovers Snack #2. Turkey & Vegetable Soup

Thanksgiving leftoversThis may seem like a fairly standard option after Thanksgiving but it is an excellent way of getting back into a healthy eating plan if you are giving yourself the day off.

It also uses up the turkey and keeps it as moist as the moment it was cooked.

You’ll need:

• Baby spinach.
• Olive Oil.
• Onion – chopped.
• Carrot – also chopped.
• Celery – again chopped.
• Brown lentils; canned is fine but they will need to be drained.
• Leftover turkey- without the skin.
• Chicken stock – low sodium alternative preferably.
• Bay leaves.
• Cayenne Pepper.
• Japanese Sweet Rice.

The Method:

To create this delicious soup simply take a handful of baby spinach and slice it up into small pieces.

Next, add your chopped onion to the carrot and celery to a large pot. This should have a tablespoon of olive oil in it and be ready to simmer your vegetables for approximately 4 minutes.

You can then add your can of lentils, approximately 6 ounces of turkey, chopped and roughly 6 cups of the stock and one tablespoon of Japanese sweet rice.

You can also add in two bay leaves.

This mixture should be cooked for approximately 20 minutes. Then add a pinch of cayenne pepper and stir one more time before dishing up.

Don’t forget to remove the bay leaves.

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Thanksgiving Leftovers Snack #3. Turkey Omelet

Thanksgiving leftoversThis is a great option to enjoy as a snack during the day or for your breakfast. Not only does it use a little of all the Thanksgiving leftovers it also provides a protein rich snack or meal.

You’ll need:

• 2 Large eggs plus 4 egg whites.
• Pinch of salt and pepper.
• 2 ounces of your leftover turkey, skinless.
• Cut asparagus spears; probably leftover as well.
• 2 tablespoons of leftover cranberry sauce.
• 2 ounces brie.
• Splash of cooking oil.

The Method:

Start by whisking your eggs and egg whites together. Once blended you can add a pinch of salt and black pepper.

You then need to put a little cooking oil into a pan and bring it up to heat; this will allow you to pour your egg mixture into the pan without it sticking everywhere.

Gradually push the cooked edges into the center, allowing the uncooked eggs mixture to reach the edges.

Once you’ve managed to cook the eggs you can add your asparagus and turkey and continue cooking for approximately one minute.

Then add the brie and continue to cook until it has all melted.

Your omelet is ready. Serve and add cranberry sauce if required!

Thanksgiving Leftovers Snack #4. Turkey Casserole

Thanksgiving leftoversThis is more of a meal than a snack during the day but it is worth considering, helping you use up the Thanksgiving leftovers.

You will find this is actually one of the easiest meals to make as it can be prepared and left to cook.

It is important to note that a casserole dish or slow cooker is essential for this recipe to be successful.

You’ll need:

• 4 ounces Leftover turkey without skin.
• 4 ounces Leftover carrots – chopped.
• 4 ounces green beans – again leftovers.
• 4 ounces sweet potatoes – preferably mashed.
• A little leftover stuffing.
• Gravy or low sodium chicken stock.
• 2 tablespoons cranberry sauce

The Method:

Simply mix all the ingredients together and then tip them into a casserole dish.

You can oil this if necessary but it shouldn’t be necessary.

You can then leave this to simmer on a low heat for several hours or cook on a higher heat for approximately One hour; then enjoy.

A complete, tasty and moist meal!

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Thanksgiving Leftovers Snack #5. Toasted Pumpkin Pie

Thanksgiving leftoversThis is pretty much as the name suggests.

You’ll need:

• 2 Slices Ezekiel bread or Wholewheat bread.
• Leftover pumpkin pie filling.
• Chopped fruit or nuts, to your liking.

The Method:

Instead of continually eating the pie, put the Ezekiel or whole wheat bread into your toaster and wait for it to come up as the right color.

Then take some of the pumpkin pie filling and spread it on your toast.

To finish add some chopped apple, banana or even some nuts.

This healthy Thanksgiving leftovers snacks can be ready in a few minutes and will make your mouth water without nudging in all the calories of a slice of pie.

Thanksgiving Leftovers Snack #6. Alternative Turkey Wrap

Thanksgiving leftoversInstead of slipping some skinless turkey in between two slices of bread you can create a delicious snack or sandwich by using lettuce as bread.

You’ll need:

• Large lettuce leaves.
• Leftover Turkey.
• Leftover veggies – chopped.
• Leftover Gravy or Cranberry Sauce.

The Method:

Simply lay the lettuce out, add some turkey and drizzle with chopped green beans, gravy or even a little leftover cranberry sauce!

Summary

Thanksgiving leftoversThese recipes are just a touch of inspiration. The array of options is virtually unlimited.

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You’ll get more information back; in fact you might even need to buy a second turkey to sample all the ideas!

Here’s wishing you and your family a great Thanksgiving!

Your new friend & health coach,

stuart-headshotStuart Carter
Head Training Staff, The Fit Father Project

Brotherhood Nickname: “The Fit Brit”
Bragging Rights: 16 Years in the fitness industry, Author of ‘The Easy Fitness Guide’, Father of 4 boys and Husband to a Venezuelan beauty.

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Written by Stuart Carter
I'm Stuart, one of the head trainers here at The Fit Father Project. Having been an overweight teenager, I got into regular activity at the age of 18 and after a few years decided to make a living from it.  I've been a trainer since 2001, and my passion lies in helping men get & stay healthy for life. I'm the author of ‘The Easy Fitness Guide’ and I joined the Fit Father Project in 2016 to help more men lose weight and live healthier for their families. My Twitter: @3sdfitness.