Every year for as long as I can remember, my family would make turkey and wild rice soup with the leftover turkey from Thanksgiving. As I got older and started hosting, I decided to keep the tradition alive. It is one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving! You can also use any leftover chicken if you don't have turkey, any time of the year! We ended up boiling what was left of the turkey to make some bone broth which we mixed with some water for our broth. I am going to list store-bought since that might be easier to come by though. I hope you love this as much as my family and I do!
Prep/Total Time: 75 minutes
Don't let the holidays be stressful! Take charge and plan ahead to actually be able to enjoy the day with your friends and family. If planning and hosting is too stressful for you, then either let someone else do it or just hire help - cleaning crew, meal delivery/meal service, go out to eat, etc. If you do want to take it on, view the tips below so you can host AND have fun!
1. Make a menu. Figure out how many people will be coming, how much food you will need, round up your favorite recipes and print it out for everyone to see! You don't need a million things, focus on the basics and stick to what is easy for you.
2. Gather your serving pieces. Make sure you know how you will serve each dish and that you have everything you need. Also, check on your plates/cups/utensils/napkins so you can buy more if necessary.
3. Make your grocery list and stick to it. Go through your recipes and write down all of the ingredients you will need to cook everything. Create the list according to how your grocery store is set-up: produce, dairy, dry goods, cold/frozen, etc. Get your groceries a few days ahead of time so it isn't a stressful last minute shopping trip.
4. Arrange your fridge and pantry. Place the items you will need front and center. This will also help you to not forget anything shoved in the back!
5. Prepare ahead of time. If there are certain items on your menu that can be made ahead...do it! Anything that can be refrigerated or frozen for a day or two, or easily reheated are perfect things to make early.
6. Make a food timeline. Count backwards from when you want everything to be ready. Take into consideration what appliances you will be using, how long everything takes, and the order things need to be ready by.
7. Set the table. Get the table ready first thing so you don't have to worry about it as all of the food is finishing up and it is almost time to eat.
8. Recruit help! Ask your family and/or friends if they would be willing to help with specific tasks. This will take a lot of the pressure off of you so you can make sure everything gets done and you aren't doing it all yourself.
9. Set up snacks and drinks. This will help keep everyone satisfied until your meal is ready. Set this up outside of the kitchen to prevent the kitchen from becoming too packed.
10. Enjoy yourself and your company! Don't put so much pressure on yourself, have fun being with everyone and just relax and enjoy the products of your hard work! Remember that nothing is perfect and nobody expects it to be. Do your best and have a great time!
Thanksgiving sure did seem to sneak up on us quick this year! I can't believe it is already next week. I am so excited since we are hosting Thanksgiving and some of my family and friends are visiting us for a few days! I have always been a planner so I have been thinking ahead for awhile on what to do with everyone while they are here, what to eat, what to drink, etc. It is always important to me to stay healthy but I am also realistic, love good food and drinks, having a good time and just relaxing!
So how do I combine all of this together, especially during the holidays? I usually pick a few "special" meals, like Thanksgiving dinner, and maybe a night or two of going out, where I will eat whatever I want, but in moderation. The rest of the time I keep up my daily food habits. I also make sure to stay active. It might look a little different than normal but I still make sure to fit it in and invite my guests to join if they are interested. It is a little easy to spiral out of control in times like this but if you go in with a plan, you can stay ahead of the game! Here are some tips on how to implement healthy behaviors for yourself this Thanksgiving:
But all of this aside, it really is okay if you eat a little more indulgently than you desire on Thanksgiving. It's not a big deal, just pick back up where you would like to be at your next meal and move on. Enjoy yourself.
If stress is your main concern, make sure to carve out a few minutes to take care of yourself each day. If it is going on a walk/run, doing yoga, taking a bubble bath, reading a book or meditating, make sure you do it to stay sane...not only for yourself, but for others, lol! Need help meditating? Try downloading an app like Calm or Headspace!
Need more help than this? Check out my Balanced Eating + Workout Plan on Prepear and you will receive 6 weeks of menu plans for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks and a workout guide - all to keep you healthy and sane throughout the holidays this year! Just need help with your Thanksgiving menu? Get it all planned for you for 8 people right here!
It is getting cold here in Nashville so I am taking us back to the summer with this beautiful Super Smoothie! Not only will this make you feel like you are back at the beach, but it will help boost your immunity for the changing weather! If you haven't tried a green smoothie before, now is the time to do it! I promise, you can't taste the spinach!
Total Time: 5 minutes
Savory oatmeal? Have you ever heard of such a thing? Normally when one thinks of oatmeal, they think of peaches and cream, cinnamon sugar or whatever else came in those sweet little packets they had growing up. Time to switch things up! Bored of the same old breakfast recipe? Try this one out for a nice change. This will keep you full and satisfied until lunch rolls around! Bonus: you will get in a few servings of vegetables first thing in the morning! Fuel your day right!
Prep/Total Time: 15 minutes
I am a food loving, activity seeking health coach who resides in Franklin, TN with my husband and two sweet dogs (Lola & Penny).
I believe everyone should eat balanced and not cut food groups if you don't medically need to. All foods can fit in a healthy diet. Unfortunately, I have to avoid gluten and also limit myself with dairy, so my goal is to provide healthy, gluten-free/dairy-free recipes so EVERYONE can enjoy all foods, even if you do have to cut out certain food groups. My recipes are encouraged for everyone to eat, not just for those with sensitivities/allergies! Most of my recipes can be easily converted by using real dairy and whole-wheat in place of my allergy-free substitutes.
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