Thanksgiving Leftovers Are Key Ingredient to “TurboCharge” Fat Loss

Dieters can lose fat by incorporating lean recipes made from turkey leftovers, say boomer generation health experts Dian Griesel, Ph.D., and Tom Griesel, authors of the new book TurboCharged: Accelerate Your Fat Burning Metabolism, Get Lean Fast and Leave Diet and Exercise Rules in the Dust (April 2011, BSH).  “Even if you were overeating on Thanksgiving, it’s possible for your diet plans to survive the rest of the holiday season—as long as you recognize the pitfalls and plan ahead,” they claim.

“Just because you were overeating on Thanksgiving, it doesn’t mean you must gain weight over the holidays,” says Tom Griesel.  “Your goal of reducing body fat and toning muscle between now and New Year’s Day is still realistic.  But have a plan.  Remember that many people enjoy their Black Friday shopping sprees because they started planning where to shop weeks beforehand, and kept a list of different stores to hit if the first store didn’t have what they were looking for.  Similarly, you can plan to stay in shape—or even better, improve your body and health so you show up at holiday parties looking extra-spectacular.  One day of overeating doesn’t mean you stay down and out.  Keep on with your goals!”

According to the Griesels, many of the ingredients left over from your Thanksgiving meal can make great low fat/carb meals.  “Instead of stacking turkey on slices of white bread that only contribute to weight gain,” they say, “make a big pot of turkey vegetable stew that fuels your body to burn fat and stay satisfied at the same time.”

Looking for something easy to do with that leftover Thanksgiving turkey?  Try this recipe from the soon-to-be-released recipe book in the TurboCharged diet series, TurboCharged Recipes: Delicious Fuel for Your Lean, Fat-Burning Machine  (BSH, 2012).


1¼ cups sliced carrot

1 cup sliced celery

¾ cup chopped onion

¾ cup water

1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil

2 tablespoons tomato paste, salt-free if possible

2 (10-ounce cans) low-sodium chicken broth

1 (15-ounce can) of whole Tomatoes (no-salt-added), undrained and chopped

¼ teaspoon pepper

¼ teaspoon hot sauce

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 ½ cups chopped cooked turkey breast (skinned before cooking and cooked without salt)

1 (10-ounce) package frozen English peas, thawed

1 (10-ounce) package frozen spinach or okra, thawed

Combine first 8 ingredients in a large Dutch oven. Add next 3 ingredients, stirring well to combine. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes.

Stir in turkey, peas, and spinach or okra; simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

Makes 9, 1-cup servings.

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. One day of overeating doesn’t mean you stay down and out. Keep on with your goals!”
Tom Griesel