Get Unstuffed this Thanksgiving with a Protein Smoothie & Yoga
By Jennifer Fisher
It happens every year, Thanksgiving is here, and you’re feeling stuffed like a turkey. ‘Tis the season for feasting and feeling uncomfortably full. Even for the most dedicated healthy eaters, it’s hard to say “no” to second helpings of mom’s secret family recipe for green bean casserole, or to Aunt Jane’s famous pumpkin pie. After all, Thanksgiving only comes around once a year, and you do have to be polite, right?!
I’m Stuffed and I can’t get up!
You can relieve your Turkey Day discomfort by eating a little lighter at your next meal and partaking in a few easy yoga poses that help aid digestion. My recipe for Core Power High Protein Apple Cider Cinnamon Smoothie is a perfect little “something” when you’re still too full to revisit that four-course meal. Use an ice-cold Core Power high protein shake in this recipe for the best results.
Core Power Apple Cider Cinnamon Smoothie Recipe
• 1 bottle cold Vanilla Core Power high protein shake
• 6 ounces apple cider
• 1/4-ounce container unsweetened applesauce
• ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 2 to 3 cups of ice
• Optional Garnish: light whipped cream and cinnamon
Pour all ingredients into a blender and process until smooth. Pour into two 20-ounce glasses and top with a small dollop of light whipped cream and additional cinnamon, if desired. Serves 2.
“Good for the Gut” Thanksgiving Yoga Poses
These Yoga Poses are the Perfect Way to Unstuff Yourself after a little indulging on Turkey Day
A – Seated Twist: Start in a seated position with both legs extended in front of you. Bend one knee and twist the torso towards the bent leg, keeping spine erect. Hold for as long as desired; repeat on opposite side. The twisting involved in this pose massages the internal organs (including liver, kidneys and intestines) and helps to move things along, if you catch my drift.
B – Child’s Pose: Begin sitting back on your heels. Bring your torso forward and rest your forehead on the ground. Lower chest close to knees and extend arms forward or relax them at your sides (to resemble a perfectly roasted Thanksgiving turkey). The forward bending of this pose creates heat in the abdomen and aids in digestion.
C – Bow Pose: Lie on your stomach with hands alongside torso. Bend knees and bring heels toward rear end while reaching back with your hands to clasp ankles. Inhale and lift heels away from rear end while pressing shoulder blades together to open the chest; gaze forward. Hold for as long as comfortable. This pose also stimulates the abdominal muscles and is also used to relieve anxiety.
D – Upward Pose: Lying on your back, bring both knees in closely to the chest and wrap your arms around legs in a hug. Rocking knees from side to side further helps massage the tummy region and gets digestion going in the right direction. Hold the pose for as long as desired.
Jennifer Fisher is an enthusiastic Core Power fan and user. Along with being a contributor to the fairlife team, she’s a #FitFluential Ambassador, #IDEAfit Inspired Blogger and contributor at the Cooking Light Blogger Connection. Jennifer is also a fit food & healthy living guest speaker, competitive master’s runner, CrossFit enthusiast and mother of three pre-teen through teen boys! For more on Jennifer, visit her blog TheFitFork.com and follow her on twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.