It’s that time of the year again. Whether you know or care about who is playing, are in it for the commercials, or just looking forward to the party, the Super Bowl is conveniently scheduled each year at a perfect time to derail any of your New Years resolutions. But, if you plan ahead, there is no need to sabotage yourself, or go hungry. I’ll be hitting it hard this week with healthy options to keep you fueled for the game. For now, some tips to remember…
Bake: Many foods can be prepared in a much healthier way just by skipping the fryer. Try baking your wings, kale chips, sweet potato or butternut squash fries and season them with spices instead of dipping in sugar filled sauces and ketchup.
Substitute: Look for healthier options like uncured sausages and hotdogs made from grass fed beef, chicken or pork. Skip the sour cream and substitute greek yogurt in your dips.
Make Fresh: Salsa, guacamole and dips are easy for you to prepare on your own with fresh local ingredients. Avoid the cans and jars as these have unwanted sugar and additives like MSG.
Dip Wisely: Skip the chip… And the crackers while you’re at it. Go for raw vegetables, homemade kale chips and other dehydrated vegetables. Avoid processed cheese and sour cream dips in favor of pesto or roasted red pepper. Keeping in mind that hummus is traditionally made with garbanzo beans, a legume, if you don’t have any inflammatory issues with beans this is always a better substitute than many others although you will still face the antinutrient issues. Keep your eyes out this week for a great cauliflower hummus recipe that can be flavored in any way you like.