Most people probably don’t spend much time thinking about their gastrointestinal tract (GI), but I am obsessed with it. It does phenomenal work, mostly unnoticed, until something goes wrong. Common GI complaints include gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, undigested food in the stool, incomplete evacuation, belching, heart burn, and upper or lower GI pain. These symptoms are not normal and are all indications of a breakdown in the system.
The GI system is an unbelievably efficient machine allowing you to turn the food you eat into usable units for building, repairing, and maintaining your body. The large intestine is also the home to a vast array of bacteria to help you maintain a strong immune system, create vitamins, hormones and neurotransmitters. In other words, a healthy gut is central to your overall health. If there is an imbalance in the digestive process, all other body systems suffer.
We had some leftover turkey again this year, thankfully not nearly as much as last year though! I wrote an article in 2018 about my 3 favorite leftover turkey recipes and you can find that here, but I've created a new favorite! I love creating healthy dinner bowls - they can be modified based on what you have in the fridge or pantry and combinations are endless! This turkey black bean bowl is full of protein, fiber, and healthy fat. And did I mention the burst of flavor from the dairy-free dressing is unbelievable???
Turkey Black Bean Bowl with Dairy-Free Avocado Ranch Dressing:
To make the turkey and beans:
1 pound leftover turkey, chunked or ground
1 (15 ounce) can of black beans, drained and rinsed
Homemade taco seasoning: (chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, crushed red pepper flakes, dried oregano, paprika, ground cumin, salt and pepper)
1. Brown the turkey in a medium skillet, sprinkle half the taco seasoning to season the...
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