Lighten Up With Canadian Turkey

 

Lighten Up With Canadian Turkey

Healthy Eating Tips for Summer

Spring is here and summer is right around the corner, which is exciting. I always gain a few extra pounds from not getting a lot of movement during the winter. Plus, my nutrition wasn’t in check this winter. With all of that behind me, I’m ready to push forward and have a healthy spring and summer ahead. Here are some healthy eating tips for summer.

Meal plan your heart out

Meal planning always does the trick for me when it comes to healthy eating. I know what I’m making and I know what I’ll be eating. It’s a pretty cut and dry way to eat healthy, but it works. I also have my budget holding me accountable.

Ask for meal ideas

Sometimes we just get bored with the same old dishes, which is why asking friends and family for ideas is always a good thing. They may have a healthy recipe that you’ve never heard of before.

Bring healthy items to get togethers

You don’t have to bring cupcakes and sweet desserts to every get together. I like bringing something healthy to eat to the get togethers in my family. This doesn’t leave me as tempted and it helps me stay on track. Once I eat one cupcake, it’s so easy to go downhill from there and make very unhealthy choices. Keep reading to find an excellent alternative that I use for family get togethers and parties.

Use Canadian Turkey in your meals

A secret of mine, when it comes to eating healthy, is to use Canadian Turkey. You can make any meal healthier by adding Canadian Turkey as your protein. I have tried swapping Canadian Turkey in several favorite recipes and it has always been a hit with myself and the family. The best part is your family won’t even notice they’re eating healthier, they will just taste the deliciousness. I love the saying “Try it with Turkey.” Turkey is also very affordable, so introducing it regularly into your meals is budget friendly. Keep in mind that turkey is considered a quality protein because there are 30 grams of protein in every 100-gram serving.

Would you like to try a new recipe using Canadian Turkey? This Spring Veggie, Herb Pesto and Turkey Pasta recipe, I’m sharing, is going to blow your mind with how flavorful it is. Yet, still healthy!

Lighten Up With Canadian Turkey 

Spring Veggie, Herb Pesto and Turkey Pasta

Serves: 4

Prep time: 15 mins.

Cook time: 25 mins.

Ingredients:

  • 300 grams penne pasta
  • 1 lb turkey breast, cut into 1 inch chunks
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ¾ cup frozen peas
  • 1 bunch asparagus, 12-14 stalks
  • 1 tbsp butter [optional]

For herb pesto:

  • ¼ cup parsley
  • ¼ cup basil
  • 1 tbsp Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • ½ garlic clove
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Preparation:

  • Season turkey with salt and pepper. Sauté in a non-stick frying pan over medium heat, until browned and cooked through, 4-6 minutes per side.  Set aside.
  • Steam or boil asparagus until cooked through but still a little crisp, 5-7 minutes. Chop roughly.
  • Cook peas according to package instructions.
  • Make pesto: blend all ingredients with a food processor or hand blender. Pesto can be made ahead of time.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. Before you drain the pasta, make sure to reserve ½ cup of cooked pasta water.
  • As soon as pasta is drained, toss with butter (if using), 1/3 cup pasta water, vegetables and pesto sauce. Add additional pasta water if pasta starts to dry out.
  • Serve immediately.

TIP:

Double or triple your pesto recipe to keep on hand.  It makes a great sauce to top grilled turkey, steamed veggies or a salad.  You can keep it in the fridge for up to 3 days after you make it or up to 3 months in the freezer. Nutritional Info

“Disclosure: We are part of the Canadian Turkey Brand Ambassador Program and we received compensation as part of our affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are our own.”

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