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Healthy Meals with Leftovers

The only thing better than a good barbeque with fantastic food and delicious drinks are LEFTOVERS​. ​ Not only are leftovers an easy way to avoid wasting time in the kitchen, but it helps reduce food waste, which will also lower your grocery bill.

Instead of trashing leftover pieces of uneaten food, try to get ​creative​ and incorporate your leftovers into a ​balanced and attractive meal ​with these tips:

Remember Nutrition 101

The most important aspect of planning how to use your leftovers is knowing what you exactly need on your plate for a satisfying meal. Not sure what that entails? Here’s a list of healthy foods to start:

●  Vegetables​: Fibrous, non-starchy vegetables such as tomatoes, broccoli, onions, and peppers

●  Proteins​: Lean protein sources such as chicken, turkey, fish, or eggs

●  Carbohydrates​: Starchy carbohydrates such as whole grain products (pasta, brown rice, quinoa, farro) or starchy vegetables (potatoes or corn)

●  Fats​: A small serving of heart-healthy fats such as olive oil, avocado, or nuts

Something Old, Something New…

Maximize your leftovers by saving everything and anything! This means if you don’t have enough food leftover to create a full meal, feel free to add more veggies, protein, or WHATEVER food group you’re missing to your refurbished entree.

Plan Ahead!

For some people, tupperware is just a place to store food you know you’ll never eat. To prevent this from happening, set yourself up for success by pre-portioning out your leftovers into easy-to-grab (and balanced) meals for the week. This way, you won’t have to think about putting your food into a new container for work!

Lauren Smith MS, RD, LDN

Lauren Smith MS, RD, LDN

Lauren is a registered dietitian who was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. She received her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from Florida State University in 2016 and earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition from Boston University. She has served in the Sports Nutrition Department for Florida State’s Athletics Department and served as the Student Director of Wellness for Florida State’s Wellness Department.

Lauren has served in two outpatient programs that specialize in the treatment of eating disorders in athletes. Lauren is specialized in working with clients regarding eating disorders, clinical nutrition, sports nutrition, and weight management.

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