Thanksgiving, we feasted. Yesterday, we crafted healthful meals from our leftovers. Today, we wipe the slate clean. Our palates are crying for simple, power-packed nutrients, and we heed the call. Today, let's get clean with seasonal soups and salads that are easy on our digestive systems. They'll be just as nourishing and delicious as your Thanksgiving spread but will leave you feeling lighter and brighter.
Breakfast: Yogurt with Persimmon, Pomegranate, and Pumpkin Seeds
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- ½ cup diced persimmon
- ¼ cup pomegranate seeds
- ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
- 1 teaspoon date syrup
Scoop yogurt into your bowl and top with persimmon and seeds, then drizzle with date syrup.
Lunch: Fall Reset Salad
For a kicked-up vinaigrette:
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Sriracha hot sauce
- 1 teaspoon raw honey
- Small pinch of salt and pepper
• 2 cups kale, stemmed and chopped
• 1½ cups cooked farro
• 1 cup roasted sweet potato
• ¼ cup sweet onion, sliced thinly
• ½ cup chopped pecans
• 1 bunch flat-leaf parsley, chopped
• 1 bunch scallions, chopped
Combine all ingredients of the vinaigrette and whisk well, then set aside. Toss together kale and farro and spread out onto a dish. Scatter roasted sweet potato, onion, pecans, and herbs on top. Drizzle vinaigrette and eat right away.
Dinner: Clean, Green Soup
- 2 tablespoons olive oil (plus 1 teaspoon for garnish)
- ½ yellow onion, chopped
- 1 small leek, chopped with greens removed
- 1 crushed clove garlic
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 2 cups broth (any variety you like)
- 4 leaves Swiss chard, stemmed and coarsely chopped
- 4 leaves dinosaur kale, stemmed and coarsely chopped
- ¼ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
And here's your workout plan.
Moving enough is just as important as eating right, so we got in touch with Miami-based yoga teacher Sara Quiriconi for advice on how to move.
1. Do some yoga.
Get the agni in the belly moving again to aid digestion with some fire postures, such as planks, side planks, knee to nose, and boat pose, accompanied by a healthy dose of twists.
Some of my favorites include seated Ardha Matsyendrasana (seated fish pose), Parivrtta Trikonasana (revolved triangle), and a reclining twist. Simple movements (such as cat/cow, and even downward dog) can help to get the body back to a more energetic state, including the belly and the entire digestive track.
Plus, movement boosts your energy levels and endorphins, encouraging happiness levels and spirit to keep merry throughout the entire holiday season.
2. Take a walk.
In many parts of the United States, Thanksgiving is a beautiful time of year with cooler temperatures and outdoor smells that remind us the holidays are here. Walking gets your body moving, immerses you in nature, and creates a double dose of happy effects for your body and your mind.
And really, any form of movement is good. It doesn't have to be yoga or a high-intensity cardio class—although if that's your thing and it makes you feel good, go for it!—the most important part is to not feel "bad" for anything you've eaten or for taking a day off from exercise but to view it as a lifestyle and daily practice, knowing that movement comes in many forms.