It’s the SUPER BOWL Baby!

 

So, I totally understand that every year many Americans gather around their television screen to watch seasoned athletes fight it out for one of the highest honors in sports. The problem is that we sit and watch while they actually DO. Not only are we on our rear end defenses most of the game, but we spend several hours stuffing our mouths with tasty, yet coronary-inducing treats. What to do, what to do???

The Solution: Enjoy the game, but make small tweaks to the menu to lighten the load of fats and increase nutrient density. In short…make healthier eats.

Your Game Day Menu

Turkey Sliders

1 pound lean ground turkey breast (you can use ground bison if preferred)

1 whole egg

2 ribs chopped celery

1 chopped poblano

1/3 chopped onion

2 teaspoons (or to taste) Ms. Dash Southwest Chipotle seasoning mix

2 tablespoons ground flax seed

small whole grain buns (found at Whole Foods) OR simply use romaine or bib lettuce, or make them small enough to eat along or stack between sweet potato slices :)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Put everything in a bowl and mix just until combined.

Form small patties that fit neatly into the palm of your hand. Place on baking sheet or indoor grill.

Cook until done (usually about 20-25 mins)

 

Sweet Potato Chips

4-5 large sweet potatoes, washed and sliced thin

1 tablespoon olive oil

1-2 teaspoons sea salt

dash of black pepper

Toss together in LARGE bowl, then spread out on baking sheet

Bake on 450 degree oven for 15 minutes, toss and bake for another 10-12 minutes, until potatoes are cooked through.

 

Guacamole

3-4 large avocados

1 plum tomato, diced

1 teaspoon sea salt

2 green onions, chopped

juice of 1 lemon

juice of 1 lime

pinch of cayenne

pinch of Ms. Dash Southwest Chipotle (optional)

2 jalapenos, diced (seeded if you want less heat)

Put in bowl and mash just until combined. Serve with sliced cucumbers, gluten-free or whole grain crackers, OR all natural tortilla chips

 

Veggie Stack

1 cucumber, sliced

2 plum tomatoes, sliced

2 oz fresh mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced

Black or green olives

Sea Salt

Stack veggies, starting with cucumber, one on top of the other. Add any sliced veggies you want, but make them bite-sized. End with cheese and olive, then top with a sprinkle of salt.

 

 

Ranch Dip

Semi-clean version:

1 cup 2% plain Greek yogurt

1 cup non-fat ricotta cheese

juice of 1 lemon

1 packet of ranch dressing mix

Blend and serve with veggies, gluten-free or whole grain crackers, or natural tortilla chips

Even better version:

1 cup 2% plain Greek yogurt

1 cup non-fat ricotta cheese

juice of 1 lemon

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon dill

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

black pepper to taste

Blend and serve chilled.

 

Nachos

1 can no salt added black beans

1 chicken breast, grilled

1 bag natural tortilla chips

1/2 bag all-natural shredded cheese

chili powder, cayenne and salsa to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Place 1 layer of tortilla chips in casserole dish

Top with chicken, beans, salsa and spice mixture (add jalapenos for more kick)

Sprinkle on 1/2 the cheese

Do another layer the same way.

Cook until cheese is bubbly and golden. Serve warm.

 

These are a few healthy options to add to your party.

Remember that portion control is key. Drink PLENTY of water! If you’re a beer drinker, opt for darker brews as they have more antioxidants and health benefits. Note, these health benefits begin to diminish after 2-3 beers. Skip the mixed drinks and head for red wine cut with cranberry or cherry juice. Leave the nasty cheese ball on the table. Literally. Leave it there for a few days and tell me if you would ever touch it again….

Keep it healthy! Monday is right after the Super Bowl people :)

Michelle

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