Fall For Feel Good Food

At Thanksgiving, we feasted (extra buttery mashed potatoes and don’t hold back on the gravy, please), but now it’s the morning after and you’re feeling sluggish and foggy (you’re not alone)! You indulged (loved every bite) but now your body is screaming for cleansing foods (sign me up for a post-thanksgiving detox)! But what do you do with all those leftovers?! Today is the day we transform those holiday favourites into nourishing and delicious meals that will leave you feeling refreshed and energized. 

With vegetables being the star of many Thanksgiving dishes, you already have an amazing foundation in your fridge to work with. But where to start? From a warming morning beverage that will kick-start digestion, to an anti-inflammatory dinner that will soothe your gut, these morning-after meal ideas will make you fall in love with feel good foods.   

UPON RISING | 

Rather than reaching for your morning cup (or pot) of coffee, replace it with a mug of warm water with a wedge of lemon and fresh mint leaves.

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 wedge of lemon
  • 2 mint leaves (optional) 

BREAKFAST | Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Craving a slice of pumpkin pie for breakfast (aren’t we all!)? Start the day with a pumpkin spice prebiotic smoothie that is packed with antioxidants and designed to heal your gut.

  • 1 cup plant milk (coconut, almond, cashew, oat, soy)
  • 1 serving of plant-based protein or collagen peptides 
  • ¼ cup coconut kefir 
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ frozen banana

Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.

LUNCH | Autumn Harvest Salad

By the time lunch rolls around, I bet you’re not craving brussel sprouts… But pairing this cruciferous vegetable with other flavourful fibrous vegetables will help eliminate any waste build-up and provide healthy nutrients for your gut flora to feed off of.  

  • 1 cup of massaged kale 
  • ¼ cup honey-crisp apple
  • ½ cup roasted sweet potato
  • ¼ cup roasted brussels sprouts
  • ½ avocado 
  • 2 tbsps toasted walnuts  
  • 2 medjool dates, chopped 
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard 
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt + pepper

Arrange first seven ingredients in a bowl. Mix together olive oil, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, and salt and pepper, and drizzle over salad.

SNACK | Butternut Squash Hummus & Vegetable Sticks

Do you have too much squash to know what to do with? This simple recipe will put all that good stuff to use! It’s the perfect bridge snack to carry you over to dinner and stabilize blood sugar levels (no food coma today)! Pair it with leftover vegetables and you’re good to go.

  • 1 cup roasted butternut squash, cubed
  • 3 cloves garlic (peeled + minced)
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 15-ounce can of chickpeas (rinsed + drained)
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 3 tbsps olive oil 
  • Salt + pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup fresh parsley 
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika 

Add all ingredients to a high-speed food processor and pulse until smooth. Serve with vegetable sticks or crackers.

DINNER | Turkey, Cranberry Lettuce Wraps

A staple at almost everything Thanksgiving dinner is TURKEY! Although everyone loves a good turkey sandwich, we’re lightening it up and swapping the bread for lettuce! Want to keep it plant based? Feel free to add your favourite plant-based protein (like some mushroom lentil loaf) and top it off with seasonal ingredients you have stocked!

  • 1 cup leftover turkey, shredded OR lentil mushroom loaf (recipe on, thewellth.com)
  • ¼ cup celery, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp red onion, diced
  • 2 tbsps cranberry sauce or fresh cranberries
  • ¼ cups celery, diced
  • 1 tbsp sliced almonds 
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • ¼ avocado, mashed 
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • Salt + pepper, to taste

Now that you’ve mastered meal prep, what about movement? Kick the day off or wrap it up with a little movement. Some favourites include a light walk (soaking up that crisp fall air), stretching it out on the yoga mat, or lengthening that body on a reformer. Need something a little more intense? Perhaps do a quick and dirty HIIT workout, boxing class, or jog. Whatever you choose, listen to your body, and show yourself gratitude (after all it is the holiday for being thankful and showing appreciation).

Mia Shettler

Mia Shettler

Health + Wellness Editor