What To Do With Leftover Turkey

What To Do With Leftover Turkey

Leftover TurkeyIt’s easy to feed a dozen people with one turkey. This year we were feeding three adults and one child so if you are like us, there is a good chance your fridge is full of leftover turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, etc. I’m no Monica Geller so I do not do moist-maker sandwiches (if you know, you know) but I’m always on the hunt for ways to get creative and enjoy the leftovers.

I will be the first to admit that there is nothing wrong with enjoying the leftover turkey as is. However, sometimes it’s good to have options when you are planning to eat turkey three times a day.

This was our first Thanksgiving cooking a turkey and while it wasn’t as pretty as many of those I’ve seen around Instagram, I think we did a pretty good job. As we cleaned up the kitchen, we cooked up 4 quarts of Turkey Bone Broth to use over the next few days in soups. There are so many health benefits to bone broth that I couldn’t pass up the chance to make our own.

Last night I took to Pinterest to round up some more ideas in case I was not alone in an attempt to get creative. Here are some of the top rated leftover turkey recipes I found.

After doing a deep Pinterest dive, I might have to make another turkey… every recipe sounds absolutely delicious! My fridge is full and we have enough leftover turkey for now so turkey noodle soup is coming up first tomorrow.

I know there are plenty more recipes out there, what’s your favorite way to enjoy leftover turkey 

Homemade Golden Milk

Homemade Golden Milk

If you follow me over on Instagram, you may have seen that I am doing a three week elimination diet. As I work towards getting my Integrative Nutrition Health Coach certificate, I am learning about a variety of food sensitivities. One of the recommendations was to try our own elimination diet so we get a feel of one and see if we might actually have sensitivities we didn’t realize. For three weeks I’m eliminating the five most common foods we as humans are sensitive to: dairy, gluten, egg, soy and corn.

All of that being said, one thing I needed to replace was milk for my coffee creamer. Golden Milk was trendy a few years ago, but I never gave it a try. Instead of just almond milk I figured now was a good chance to give it a try. To be honest, I might not switch back.

For starters I followed a recipe, but I’ve adjusted it more to my tastes as I’ve gone on over the last three weeks.

Benefits of Homemade Golden Milk

The more I read about Golden Milk, I can see how it was trendy, however I am also surprised it didn’t make the trends this year as people looked for ways to boost their immune systems.

The third ingredient used in this recipe is Turmeric. When you question why the homemade golden milk is golden, it’s because of the Turmeric. It has been known to reduce inflammation. I could go down a long rabbit hole about inflammation and the amount of ways reducing it could improve your health. For now, the important note is that the less inflamed your body is, the better it can perform.

Turmeric also contains a compound called curcumin. There are mixed studies, but many researchers believe that this compound can lower anxiety and depression.

Then comes ginger. A little bit of ginger can go a long way. I had to reduce the amount in the recipe I had because even 1/2 tsp ginger was very overpowering.  Ginger is a great way to settle nausea in an upset stomach. Some studies are starting to show that it can help with weight loss, lowering blood sugar and possibly preventing heart disease.

Homemade Golden Milk

Any extra boost of immunity can be considered helpful these days. This Summer I switched to using local honey in an attempt to slow my allergies down. Making Golden Milk was just another excuse to fit it into my morning routine.

I use about 1/4 of a cup a day in my milk frother to add a little bit of a creamy taste in my coffee. The recipe listed below makes about one week’s worth of Golden Milk. For now it’s been added as part of my Sunday meal prep.

Homemade Golden Milk

Servings 7

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cups light coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp local honey

Instructions
 

  • Add all ingredients to a small saucepan.
  • Whisk ingredients over medium heat for 5 minutes, do not boil
  • Remove from heat and let cool.
  • Store in fridge to use throughout the week
  • For extra creamy taste, mix 1/4 cup in a milk frother prior to adding to coffee.

What do you use for coffee cream? Have you ever tried golden milk?

Self Care – Why We Need To Focus On It More & How To Practice It

Self Care – Why We Need To Focus On It More & How To Practice It

Self care is more than a face mask and a tub of ice cream.

There, I said it.

Mental health has been a hot topic (for good reasons) throughout COVID. Everyone has suffered in some form or another.

October 1st brings the start of a new month. It’s a good time to sit down and evaluate how the previous month went. Even if the month did not play out how you wanted it to, it’s helpful to see how it DID play out as you plan for the next one.

As you look through your month, how did your self care look? Let’s be honest, things are stressful. Life is stressful. The world is stressful. Instead of waiting until we have a mental breakdown, self care needs to make its way up on the priority list.

Why Is It Important?

Self care is a piece of your overall health. You can’t be taking care of yourself without taking care of your mental health, even on the busiest of days. Not only does self care actually lower your stress levels but it can boost your confidence, help in weight loss and increase your energy.

Think of it this way… How often do you find yourself stuck when trying to lose weight? You’re doing everything right (eating and working out) but the weight is stuck. Your stress levels are through the roof… and suddenly when things calm down the weight seems to drop. The only thing that changed was your stress levels. (There are no guarantees, this just an example of how it fits into your journey)

Making time to lower your stress each day will make a long term difference.

It doesn’t have to be a bubble bath, there are so many different types of self care you can treat your body to.

Self Care Is…

  • A 30 minute walk
  • Turning off your phone
  • A dance party in your kitchen
  • Unfollowing accounts that don’t bring you joy on social media
  • Listening to a podcast
  • Doing yoga
  • Taking a nap
  • Drinking more water
  • Taking a bubble bath
  • Declutter your space
  • Turning off the TV/News
  • A tub of ice cream (you know I wouldn’t leave that out)
  • Treating yourself to a coffee you love
  • Calling a friend to chat for 20 minutes
  • Asking for help
  • Wear a cute outfit
  • Waking up earlier to have time for yourself
  • Cooking dinner
  • Watch the sunrise/sunset
  • Make a bucket list
  • Turn on your favorite scent in a diffuser
  • Write a letter to a friend
  • Saying no
  • Meditate
  • Play a board game
  • Plan a trip
  • Do your hair
  • Curling up with a good book
  • Spending time at a place you love
  • Exercise
  • Writing in a journal
  • Turning off social media

I challenge you to set a goal for the month of October. For 10 minutes a day, tune the world out and focus on caring for yourself.

What is your favorite form of self care?

Pumpkin Recipes For The First Day of Fall

Pumpkin Recipes For The First Day of Fall

You may now proceed to drink your Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Just kidding, we need to have a quick conversation first. I know the PSL came out early (as usual) this year but I have refused to even think about Fall foods until today. While I’m not spending the day baking, I did round up a number of healthy pumpkin recipes we plan to dig into this Fall.

Happy First Day of Fall!

It’s Okay To Get On The Pumpkin Recipes Bandwagon

There, I said it. I never thought that would come out of my mouth. Truth be told, I’m not a pumpkin fan. A few weeks ago @OneUponAPumpkin shared this graphic on Instagram highlighting the benefits of pumpkin in your diet.

To break down the nutrition benefits she shared…pumpkin has:

  • Pumpkin has anti-oxidant content that helps protect from disease
  • High in vitamin C
  • Also high in potassium
  • AND high in vitamin A

Since I typically don’t just trust a single instagram post (you shouldn’t either). I dug into things further. It turns out, we really do need more pumpkin in our lives.

One cup of pumpkin not only is high in the nutrients above but also has:

  • 3 grams of fiber
  • 11% of your recommended daily B12 intake
  • 8% of your recommended daily iron intake
  • 2 grams of protein

Do you see now why I feel like I need to add more pumpkin into my life?

Healthy Pumpkin Recipes

Watch The Sugar When You Bake With Pumpkin

Now, I don’t expect you to eat a full cup of cooked pumpkin every day. However, something like pumpkin muffins can be a good source of vitamins and nutrients if baked properly.

Many pumpkin recipes I have come across are extremely high in sugar. This is where I caution the pumpkin baking.I’m sure by now you’ve seen memes or images shared around social media about the amount of sugar in a pumpkin spice latte. (Not to mention, a pumpkin spice latte doesn’t ACTUALLY contain pumpkin) Unfortunately that seems to be the case for most pumpkin recipes I come across most days.

The key to cooking with pumpkin is making sure you have REAL pumpkin to use in the recipe. Pumpkin purée is a good way to start. However, if your pumpkin purée is from a can, just make sure nothing has been added to preserve it. You can also make your own pumpkin purée at home.

Healthier Pumpkin Recipes

In order to help get more pumpkin into your diet this Fall, I rounded up a few pumpkin recipes that are made from pumpkin puree and do not have added sugar. I may even try to work my way through a few of these this Fall. As someone who doesn’t necessarily love pumpkin, these actually all sound delicious!

Do you have a go to pumpkin recipe? Where should I start?

3 Ways To Boost Immunity For The Start of School

3 Ways To Boost Immunity For The Start of School

As my husband said last week, Spring Break is finally over. Disclaimer, we completely acknowledge that eLearning last Spring was NOT Spring Break for teachers and kids. However, after being home for five months together right as Spring Break started, it felt like Spring Break never really ended. Getting ready for this change was big for me (and my anxiety) but most of all I needed to find a few ways for all of us to boost immunity as they headed back to school.

Little Man is rocking second grade in person with all of his friends. My husband is in his seventh year of teaching remotely from his classroom. Both are in unique situations and have different levels of social distancing available. One thing I’ve had to accept is that I cannot control what happens once they leave the house. We’re always concerned about ways to boost immunity after Summer break, but this year has been a little bit different with so many unknowns.

Outside of hand sanitizers, washing hands, masks, etc to prevent receiving germs, we have added in three additional steps to our routine to boost immunity for everyone in the house.

Boost Immunity With Multi-Vitamins

By far the easiest addition to our routine is adding multi-vitamins back in. I’ll be the first to admit, I’ve been bad about making the boys take their vitamins each day since we’ve been home.

We’ve been on the same jar of Flintstone Vitamins since early June and it was time to get everyone back on track.

They used to take a fish oil gummy with their Flintstones, however it was recently recalled. I did a little bit of research and found the Smarty Pants Vitamins had the most nutrients for them including everything from the Flintstones Vitamins AND the Fish Oil Gummy.

Boost Immunity

Turmeric in Smoothies

You know I’m all about loading up the smoothies with as many extra nutrients as possible. We always have spinach stuffed in there for some extra vitamins, but this week I started sneaking in something else…Turmeric.

Chances are if you’ve read a health blog in the last year you’ve seen Turmeric thrown out there. I had NO idea what it was but upon researching it, I found out it’s a form of ginger and it has some incredible benefits for your health.

1 tbsp of Turmeric contains:

  • 26 percent of daily manganese needs
  • 16 percent of daily iron
  • 5 percent of daily potassium
  • 3 percent of daily vitamin C

(Thank you Medical News Today for the specifics)

It is also anti-inflammatory and helps your body fight foreign invaders while repairing damage they’ve done. As we are fighting all kinds of sicknesses, it cannot hurt to fight off foreign invaders. Bonus, the taste isn’t nearly as strong as ginger!

An Apple a Day

Sure, maybe it’s an old wives tale but we are running with whatever extra help we can these days. Both of them take an apple with their lunch every single day.

Little Man is a fairly picky eater and is not a huge fan of eating anything but cheesy noodles, PB&J and pizza. I don’t feel nearly as guilty sending junk food for his lunch when an apple is there too. Little wins, right? Luckily it’s one of the fruits he will eat!

One medium sized apple has 14% of your daily Vitamin C and 5% of your daily Vitamin K. It’s an easy fruit to pack and no containers need to come home to be washed!

Overall, I’m a firm believer in any extra steps you can take to boost your immune system is worth it.

How are you handling back to school? What tips do you have to boost immunity?