Why not make a NEW tradition by bringing a lighter, yet festive Fall Harvest Salad to the family Thanksgiving table?
Guest Post: Saint Louis University Dietetic Intern Janie Pérez
Imagine what you would feel like if you put some nutrient-dense ingredients in your body on Turkey Day to balance the rest of the normally heavy meal. We’ll let you in on a secret: you will feel 5x better! The foods and amounts of foods we put in our bodies are important every day of the year. Including the holidays! Adding a seasonal salad, like this Autumn Salad with Pumpkin Dressing, to this year’s Thanksgiving spread will not only balance out some of those traditionally heavier turkey day dishes but will help you fill up your body with feel-good nutrients! And, importantly, it will add some gorgeous pops of color to the table and your plate.
McDaniel Short-Cut Recipe: Fall Harvest Salad
If you’re in charge of your holiday meal, you’re likely looking for a few cut and paste easy recipe ideas. This is that. To cut prep time in the kitchen on this busy cooking day, here are some short-cuts in this recipe. Choose:
- Bagged salad (Purchase your favorite lettuce mix!)
- Pre-cut butternut squash (Can sub sweet potatoes)
These things will save lots of time rinsing, drying, and chopping the lettuce and cutting an entire butternut squash. It’s the ideal side dish to your turkey and hearty enough to call it a weeknight meal…cause you still gotta eat the rest of the week…
HAPPY TURKEY DAY! And remember:
Enjoy time with your loved ones, enjoy all the special foods, be mindful of listening to your body, relax, and if you’re able, take time to move your body in some way – whether it’s a walk before and/or after your meal, a jog or bike ride in the morning, yoga, or whatever you find joy in.