A Post-Thanksgiving Detox Plan You'll Actually Want To Try

mbg Contributor By Carolina Santos-Neves
mbg Contributor
Carolina Santos-Neves is a graduate of the Chef Training Program at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts and is presently the chef of Hungry Beast, (CDMX) a kitchen & Juice Bar that focuses on flavors from all over the world with a focus on using organic and local products.

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Thanksgiving dinner is over. Now what?

Sure, you could spend all weekend eating leftovers. But here's another idea: You can take some of the dishes you made and turn them into a post-Thanksgiving detox. The beauty behind this family- and food-driven holiday is that with all the leftover veggies, you have so many ingredients to play around with.

Whether you've made your favorite Brussels sprout dish or wild rice dressing, the options for turning them into something that makes you feel good while at the same time reminiscent of flavors from the day before will make you ready to face this day with the best of intentions for your belly and your body.

Here are some easy, healthy recipe ideas:

Roasted Brussels sprouts frittata

Brussels sprouts are my favorite vegetable, so I have no problem coming up with 101 ways of using this cruciferous veggie in a revamped, refreshing way. In this case, I would say chiffonading them and tossing them into your next omelet or frittata is not only quick and simple, but it ups your egg game by a mile.

Together, this dish will provide you with substantial, much-needed protein after a stuffing-heavy occasion, keeping you full for hours. As an added bonus, Brussels sprouts have glucosinolates and sulfur in them—both of which are great for detoxification.

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Squashy salad

If roasted squash made its way onto your Thanksgiving plate this year, you've got the essential mix-in for a kale salad that will satisfy your midday hunger.

With those two ingredients, plus toasted hazelnuts, and a few slices of roasted turkey, you're on your way to de-bloated status. As a drizzle of your favorite Asian dressing, you'll forget all about that second piece of pie you consumed the day before. One could easily call this a "kitchen sink" salad, but given the fiber and vitamin E found in the nuts, the B6 and omega-3s found in the kale, and the vitamin A and C found in the squash, we'd prefer to call it a "healthy living in a bowl."

Cauliflower pizza rice bowl

What's beautiful about the idea of eating cauliflower pizza rice bowl the day after Thanksgiving is that you feel like you're indulging, but in reality you're not. Grab that roasted cauliflower, toss it into the food processor, and pulse until it looks like rice.

Then layer it into a small-to-medium-size greased cast-iron pan and top it with your favorite tomato or healthy pesto sauce, then add leftover goat cheese (from your cheese platter) or mushrooms from your stuffing for a salty umami flavor. Place it in the oven for 5 to 8 minutes, and dinner is served. Cauliflower has an array of nutrients as well as anti-inflammatory properties.

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Get creative with apple crisp

If you choose to make our mbg apple crisp (we recommend you do), then you're already at an advantage. The recipe itself is fairly low in sugar, it's filled with protein thanks to the nuts and almond flour, and the fruit is fiber-licious. So, what's our recommendation for the ideal detox dish? Either toss a heaping spoonful (or two) of apple crisp into your next smoothie with almond milk and add some leftover raw greens like kale or spinach, or warm it up and eat it with a spoonful of your favorite nondairy yogurt. You can't go wrong here.

What about exercise?

We've got you covered here, too. We consulted yogi Fern Olivia—here's what she had to say:

My favorite ritual: A morning-after full-body sweat. I hit the infrared sauna—Sweatheory in Los Angeles or HigherDOSE in NYC to detox my body and literally wipe out fat cells on a cellular level.

My go-to workout is Taryn Toomey's The Class, which is a blend of cardio and strengthening moves with a dose of mindfulness and spirituality—"a spiritual somatic" experience.

If you're not New York or L.A.-based (or just aren't in the mood for a class), cardio exercises like running, jumping jacks, squats, and down-dog push-ups will help you sweat off the sweet potatoes and pie. Add a calming seated meditation to ease you out of the sweat session and into Zen mode.

My quick fix: If you're running short on time, watch my Thyroid Yoga Course, which includes a quick and incredibly potent 8-minute sequence to ignite your digestive fire and banish any bloating.

Ready to learn how to fight inflammation and address autoimmune disease through the power of food? Join our 5-Day Inflammation Video Summit with mindbodygreen’s top doctors.

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