Friday, January 30, 2015

Superbowl Snacks

Football, food, friends and commercials… A lineup such as this can only mean one thing – its Superbowl Sunday. 

With food and drink being one of the key factors in determining if your Superbowl party scores a touchdown or merely settles for a field goal, we thought it was time to share some of our favorite game day treats. 

Follow these snacks for some good eating that won't bust your belt line.
 

Pre-Game Appetizers  


1. Sliced Apples with Protein Peanut Butter Dip

Follow the Recipe HERE


Nutritional Benefits:

This combination gets point for its fiber content, antioxidants and the healthy mono-unsaturated fats found in natural peanut butter.
2-point conversion:

To boost the antioxidant content of this dish, choose red delicious apples as opposed to lighter skin varieties.





2. Chips with Guacamole and Homemade Salsa

Prep:



Although there are many guacamole recipes out there, I'm a particular fan of this one designed by Alton Brown of the Food Network.  For salsa, but up a punch of fresh onions, bell peppers, and garlic.  Mince it all together with fresh puree'd tomato, and top it off with fresh cilantro.  Viola, perfect salsa! Nutritional Benefits:

The central ingredient of guacamole is avocado. Avocado is loaded with fiber (9g/avocado) as well as heart healthy mono-unsaturated fats (13g/avocado). Dazzle in a nice micronutrient profile and it equals a win from all directions.
2-point conversion:

If you're feeling a bit adventurous I encourage you to mix guacamole with chunky salsa. Being a tomato based product, salsa is rich in the phytonutrient (ie- healthy plant based molecule) known as lycopene which as been associated with a wide variety of health benefits. Interestingly enough, by cooking tomatoes (when producing salsa), the lycopene actually becomes more readily available for the body to use.  Another benefit of salsa - it's a solid source of the mineral known as potassium which is of great importance for both cardiovascular and bone health.

This particular combo (guac + salsa) is excellent if you happen to be serving tacos at your party; a much better option than sour cream.


3. Tomato Mozzarella Salad


Follow the recipe HERE




4. Homemade Trail Mix

We've talked about the greatness that resides in different nuts and seeds HERE.  Now add in some dark chocolate, dried cranberry's, and dried  Make sure you pay particular attention that your mix contains a few Brazil Nuts. This particular nut is loaded with selenium which serves as a building block in one of the body's most powerful antioxidants, glutathione.

 


Halftime, Time to bust out the...

Main dishes!

1. Chili 


If the weather is cold outside on game day, Chili can be a welcomed dish. HERE are the specifics on making a BBA approved version. This dish is a solid source of protein, fiber and veggies. 




2. Quinoa Mac and Cheese 


Nothing better than some warm, gooey, melted cheese on the cold Sunday.  Add in the wonderful benefits of Quinoa - Just one cup of Quinoa contains about 10g of Protein, almost twice as much as both rice and wheat proteins. Talk about a Muscle Builder!

Not just protein, but also about 28% of quinoa's fatty acids come in the form of oleic acid, a heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, and about 5% come in the form of alpha-linolenic acid or ALA—the omega-3 fatty acid most commonly found in plants and associated with decreased risk of inflammation-related disease.

In addition maybe the most striking health benefit provided by quinoa is its overall nutrient richness. It packs a big punch of protein, healthy fats, but it is also full of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory's, fiber (over 6g in 1 Cup), and phytonutrients (Natural nutrients in plant sources that offer huge health benefits).


Overall, Quinoa Mac and Cheese is a can't miss.  
 


3. Pizza


OK, maybe pizza doesn't make the "front line" when it comes to nutrition, but if made from the comforts of home, it can actually be quite healthy. Grab your favorite thin crust pizza crust from the store. Once you have that on hand, go extra heavy on the vegetable based toppings (tomato sauce, onions, mushrooms, peppers, etc) and top off with lean meats like chicken (fajita chicken strips work really nice), ground turkey/lean hamburger, etc.
 

Overtime Desserts

1. Peanut Butter Protein Balls

The full article for this dish says it all. Best part about them is how EASY they are to make and sweet toothed way to increase game day protein intake… A very important thing to do in order to ensure that your muscles fully recover from a day full of fist pumping, "high 5-ing", chest bumps and victory dances (assuming your team wins of course ;-) 




2. Protein Pudding/Ice Cream


Following the recipe discussed in THIS article, the weakness actually turns into"strength" due to the high protein content of our protein pudding which can fuel muscle growth!

 


Wrapping it up

Well there you have it, the BBA guide to bringing in the Superbowl with appetizers, main dishes and desserts that are surely to make your party a hit and allow you to 'hit' it hard while training in the days that follow!


Go get 'em!

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