Your post-Thanksgiving recovery meal plan
What’s even better than a treat meal? One you get to share with family and friends. The holiday season is full of opportunities for delicious food and good times. But we all know how easy it is for one special day to spill over into the next, then the next, and before you know it that’s been a whole ‘treat week’ and you’re starting to get a little worried.
That’s why, once the day’s celebration dies down, it’s a great idea to get yourself back on the healthy eating track as soon as possible. But in a season famous for over-eating, you need a strategy. You need a healthy recipe safety net. You need… a Centr meal plan.
Whatever your goal – weight loss, staying fit or building muscle – we’ve got the nutritious recovery day you need to reset and refocus without the bogus juice detox.
Weight Loss meal plan
It’s a fine line: you need to find your healthy eating balance again pretty quickly to keep up weight loss results, but turning to a dull regime of limp steamed veg and sadness will just give you festive food FOMO. With all the treats on offer, that’s when you’re likely to slip back and just say, “give me the cookies, already!”
Breakfast: Chili Mushroom & Eggs Toast
So you don’t feel deprived, ease back in with a satisfying brunch-y meal. “Carbs? On a weight loss meal plan?” you say. Yep, we’re carb-lovers at Centr. You need them for energy – how else are you going to smash out an Ashley Joi resistance training workout? Plus, they’re just delicious.
Lunch: Asian Salad with Peanut Sauce
“What? Fat, too?” Of course: eating healthy fats is actually an important part of a weight loss meal plan. They help keep you satiated and assist your body in absorbing certain nutrients. Nuts and nut butter might be calorie-dense, but they’re also nutrient-dense. Balanced out with fresh veg, some quinoa and a twist of lime, this is a salad that’ll satisfy.
Dinner: Lemon Dill Fish with Greek Salad
We’ve all heard about the benefits of the Mediterranean diet, so there’s no better way to finish of your post-Thanksgiving day of recovery than with this healthy fish meal. If the weather’s killing your salad vibes, steamed veg is fine too. It’s a simple, quick and high-protein dinner that will easily become one of your weeknight favorites.
Get Fit & Toned meal plan
Maybe you’ve had enough of lying around on the couch and you’re just itching to get back into your fitness routine. You can’t just live on yesterday’s gravy and buttery pies to fuel your fitness. After all, the only thing you want weighing you down in a workout is your kettlebell. Here’s a menu plan that’ll give you the energy to get the job done.
Breakfast: Banana & Raspberry Overnight Oats
What’s the best way to get back on track, post-Thanksgiving? Wake up and jump straight into a workout. After your sweat sesh, you’ll want to grab a healthy breakfast straight from the fridge: the Banana & Raspberry Overnight Oats you prepared the night before (good work!)
Lunch: Roast Vegetable Salad with Falafel
Waste not, want not: use the leftover roast veg from your Thanksgiving feast. Cut back on the meat the day after your hefty turkey feast and go for falafel instead. With a bit of fresh cabbage and a sharp dressing, it will feel far less heavy than yesterday’s meals so you can avoid the food coma in the afternoon.
Dinner: Almond-Crusted Fish with Buckwheat Salad
It’s a light dish that’s heavy on the protein factor – perfect to finish off your first day back on the fitness straight and narrow. Plus, whether you’ve gone for a high-intensity cardio workout or some challenging resistance training, those muscles need a bit of extra protein to repair.
Build Muscle meal plan
Muscle growth needs means you need extra calories above the usual, but chances are the calorie-dense foods on offer at the holiday spread weren’t all nutrient-dense healthy whole foods. If you want to bulk well, you have to bulk right: not just eating your body weight in cheese (as tempting as that can be.)
Breakfast: Banana & Peanut Butter Smoothie
Start the day with a strategic boost of carbs and protein in this classic flavor combo. This is just one of Centr’s many easy, healthy smoothie recipes. We have tons of smoothies as healthy breakfast options, and even special snack and super smoothies for supporting muscle growth. Plus, they’re absolutely delicious.
Lunch: Asian Chicken & Rice Noodle Salad
Keeping up the protein, here! Plus, this can be a great use for leftover turkey or chicken. Make yesterday’s meat taste fresh again with some bright mint and chili and a sweet garlicky lime dressing. Your new fave weekday lunch, sorted.
Dinner: Salmon & Roasted Vegetable Tray Bake
There’s nothing better than an easy one-pan dinner – except for one that lets you use up leftover veg as well. This is so simple and satisfying (with another hefty dose of protein), you’ll wonder how you ever got by without our healthy salmon recipes.
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