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Yummy Super Bowl Recipes

As few days ago, I shared a few tips for a healthy Super Bowl party (Healthy Super Bowl Tips.  In this post, I would like to share a few of my favorite Super Bowl Recipes.

Chicken NOTchos

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Grilled chicken replaces chips in this low carb version of nachos.

Ingredients:

1 pound chicken breast cutlets or tenders
1 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1/4 cup onion, diced
1/4 cup jalapeno, diced
1/2 cup salsa

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Lightly oil chicken, place on preheated grille and cook 3-4 minutes per side.
  3. Combine beans, onion, and jalapeño in a bowl.  Set aside.
  4. Place cooked chicken on lightly greased baking sheet and top each cutlet with 1/4 cup black bean mixture and 1/4 cup cheddar cheese.
  5. Place chicken in oven and bake 5-10 minutes until cheese bubbles.
  6. Top “NOTchos” with salsa and serve.

Serving – 1 cutlet per person

Hummus and Vegetables

Ingredients:

3 cups broccoli, in pieces
3 cups cauliflower, in pieces
3 cups cucumber, sliced
2 cups baby carrots
2 cups green peppers, sliced
2 cups red peppers, sliced
1 recipe basic hummus

-Wash and chop vegetables.
-Arrange vegetables in platter around bowl of hummus.

Jalapeno Pineapple Margarita Mocktail

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Sweet and savory, this mocktail will satisfy your cocktail craving without the alcohol.

Ingredients:

1″ piece pineapple
2 slices jalapeno
1/2 oz lime juice
1/2 oz pineapple juice
2 oz sparkling water, unflavored
Ice
Salt, to rim glass

Directions:

  1. Muddle pineapple and jalapeno in cocktail shaker.
  2. Add lime juice, pineapple juice, and ice.  Shake.
  3. Strain mixture over ice into glass rimmed with salt.
  4. Add sparkling water.
  5. Garnish with slice of pineapple and jalapeño.

Enjoy!


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Tuesday Tip of the Week – Healthy Superbowl Tips

For many of my clients, the Superbowl is the first big test of their dietary resolve.

Chili, chips, dips, alcohol, and sweet treats can all add up and ruin all of the hard health and wellness work you’ve put in this year.

Fortunately, you can still enjoy the big game and stick to your diet goals, just follow a few simple tips:

  1. Make smart choices about what you eat.
    • Sure, potato chips and pepperoni pizza are delicious, but they can wreck your diet goals.  Look for tasty ways to satisfy your hunger while still staying healthy.  For example, substitute roasted vegetables for pepperoni on your pizza or choose whole grain crackers over potato chips.
    • Load up on fresh raw vegetables rather than pretzels or popcorn.
    • Replace fat laden dips with hummus, salsa, or use greek yogurt in place of sour cream in dip recipes.
    • Guacamole is another great dip option, but use it sparingly.  Remember even though it contains “healthy”  Omega-3 fatty acids it is still high in fat calories.
    • Skip extras like shredded cheese, sour cream, or barbeque sauces on you chili, nachos, or burger.
    • Try a grilled chicken breast in place of a hot dog or burger and skip the bun.
  2. Limit or avoid alcohol.
    • Alcohol not only adds nonessential calories, it can also lower your inhibitions and make you to eat more.
    • Replace alcohol with sparkling water flavored with lime or orange slices, iced tea, kombucha or a tasty mocktail.
    • If you absolutely must drink, limit your intake to no more than 1-2 drinks.
  3. Practice portion control.
    • It is okay to nibble on a few of your party favorites, but limit yourself to 2-3 special treats and if possible limit yourself to a single serving of each.  Check packaging for a serving size or use the chart below.
    • Another good trick is to eat 50% of what you normally would.  For example, if you would normally eat 4 slices of pizza, stop yourself a 2 slices or if you eat a large bowl of chili with corn bread, serve yourself a smaller bowl and cut the corn bread in half.

Following these tips may not save you total calories, but at least the calories you ingest will be healthier and serve your body better than traditional, less healthy options loaded with refined carbohydrates, saturated fats, and alcohol.

Check back on Thursday for some delicious Superbowl recipes to help you stay on track to a healthier lifestyle!

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