The Super Bowl typically tends to be one of America’s most gluttonous times…something about the combo of being glued to the excitement on TV combined with beer just screams STUFF YOUR FACE WITH SNACKS. This year, let’s commit to finding the cleanest ingredients possible for our grub-fest! No need to opt for “low-fat” this and tasteless “fat-free” that. Unless it is a whole food that is naturally low in fat or fat-free, products with these words on the label usually come “toxic-chemical full”! The main idea is to stick to whole foods. To have a successful, crowd-pleasing Super Bowl party make sure your recipes include a range of finger foods, dips, and desserts.
Guacamole – this extremely healthy dip is also extremely popular! It is super easy to make and lends itself to a variety of different styles and options. Start with the most important ingredient – avocado. Mash it up nicely and then choose your adventure from there! Add serrano chiles and jalapeños to spice it up, or add fruit like mangos to give it a sweet taste. Avocados are a great source of the GOOD fat that we need. Add mashed green peas to inexpensively increase the portion to family size. Add diced tomatoes and onions. Top with Himalayan sea salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and cilantro. The possibilities are endless!
Salsa and chips. Naturally fat free! The most important thing is to get high quality versions of both without high fructose corn syrup or other potentially harmful additives. Serve with organic blue corn tortilla chips to add some contrast and to avoid GMOs.
Take chips and salsa one yummy step further by adding some delicious toppings and melting them with cheese on top of the chip. Always use organic corn tortilla chips since most corn is genetically modified if not certified organic. Make them vegetarian by topping them with a variety of beans – black beans, kidney beans, and, pinto beans are great choices – and then top generously with organic white hormone-free cheese, green and red peppers, as well as diced onions, mushrooms, and olives…or any other veggies you love! Experiment until you find your winning combo. (And then top with guacamole and salsa as well as the next recipe; delicious guilt-free “sour cream” made from cashews. YUM!)
Cashew sour cream – Cashews are a vegan’s best friend. They make some of the most delectable dairy free recipes that even a meat-eater would love! First, soak 1.5 cups of cashews overnight. Next day, throw in the blender with 2 tbsp of lemon juice, 2 tsp apple cider vinegar, and sea salt to taste. Blend until smooth. Transfer to an air-tight container and chill to thicken the cream.
Zucchini, portabella mushroom, or sweet potato fries – fried food is always a Super Bowl staple, but when you want to avoid the nasty acrylamide that forms when white potatoes are fried, what do you do? Go for a fried zucchini or portabella mushroom cut like steak fries…or opt for sweet potato which is nutrient dense and does not produce acrylamide!
David Sandoval’s Coco-Lina Popcorn
Messy but surprisingly tasty and addictive! Keep some napkins on hand and go for it! The sea-salt flavor of the Spirulina goes amazingly on popcorn. Even if you are nervous to drink Spirulina by itself, it is a whole new ballgame when sprinkled on organic popcorn!
Ingredients: ½ cup organic / non-GMO popcorn kernels, 3 tbsp. Organic Tropic Oil™, 2-4 tbsp. Organic Spirulina™
Instructions: Melt Tropic Oil in pan. Add kernels, cover, and let pop; sprinkle Spirulina on top until popcorn has a light green coat.
White bean hummus dip from www.health.com
Mashing the white beans creates the same creamy consistency as sour cream–based dips.
Ingredients: Cannellini beans, olive oil, garlic, sage
Instructions: Blend thoroughly and serve with grilled veggie skewers or organic baked chips.
Baked chicken wings http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/buffalo-wings-recipe.html
Optional: Substitute 3 ounces of Organic Tropic Oil for unsalted butter.
Wings are usually considered a staple Super Bowl snack for many Americans. Avoid the carcinogens that form from charring your meat by baking them instead! Opt for hormone-free chicken and if you plan to indulge, keep your intake down to about 6 oz.
And don’t forget dessert!
Chocolate Power Shake Freezer Bark
Submitted by Sandy Plumley Miller
Ingredients: 1 cup raw organic cacao powder, 1 cup Organic Tropic Oil™, 2 – 4 scoops Apple Berry Power Shake™, 1 tsp raw honey (if needed, you can add more to sweeten)
Instructions: Combine ingredients and pour on a parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Freeze for 5 – 10 minutes. Break into pieces and store in freezer. Keep chilled until served.
Chocolate MVP Kids Fudge
Submitted by Catherine Haggerty
Ingredients: 3 – 4 medium size ripe bananas, 3/4 cup Organic Tropic Oil™ (melted), 1/2 cup MVP Kids™, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, dash of cayenne pepper
Instructions: Add all ingredients in a high speed blender / food processor. Blend until smooth. Pour into an 8x dish lined with parchment paper. Freeze 2 hours. Remove and cut into squares. Store in fridge. Keep chilled until serving.
Hosting your friends and loved ones for the big event when you are health conscious does not have to put you in panic mode. Be everyone’s MVP by showing them how satisfyingly delicious eating healthy can be!