One of America’s biggest eating days is Super Bowl Sunday. Fattening snacks like buffalo wings, potato skins, chips and pizza with more fried stuff with cheese- uggh the list is endless (and don’t forget the beer!) Empty calories that add up quickly and leave you feeling lethargic and bloated. For those of you who have embarked on the Paleo Challenge or embraced a CrossFit/Paleo lifestyle, Super Bowl parties can be a challenge when you’re dieting or trying to adapt a healthier lifestyle. We have about a week to go until the final weigh-in for our 30 day Paleo challenge and from the looks of it, all of you are doing great! Choose wisely and remember how far you have come! To spoil all your hard work with one day of binging would be a shame. Trust us, we know it won’t be easy when you have fried wings and Big Steves Mom’s pepperoni bread staring you in the face but you will be so proud of yourself for it.
Here’s are a few healthy tips so you can enjoy the game without gaining a pound and some delicious recipes for you to prepare and bring with you to the party.
Survey the Spread: when you get to the party, take a look at all the goodies before you dig in. Look for foods that are more nutrient-dense like raw vegetables, shrimp, lean protein-filled meats, antioxidant-rich guacamole (full of healthy fats), fruit and nuts.
Utilize the Under: under-sized portion size that is. You don’t need to load up your plate, especially if you’re planning to return for more. Just take a little bit of your favorites and eat slowly. If you’re still hungry, opt for more vegetables or fruit.
Limit the Beer: A beer or two is fine but some beers have more calories than others. If you must, opt for light beers like Beck’s 64 calorie beer, Sam Adams Light contains about 119 calories per beer and Yuengling Light contains less than 100 calories. More than two can add extra calories you don’t need and may lead to an unwanted hangover the next day. Getting a little tipsy may result in you giving up your guard and going for more food. Drink water between your beer to slow down your alcohol consumption.
Practice Moderation: Remember it’s just one day! Not overdoing it could include eating only during halftime, don’t go to the party starving and make sure you eat all your food on a small plate or a napkin (and not just grabbing and dipping)
Bring a Healthy Dish: If you’re going to a party and you don’t know what the menu is going to be, bring something healthy that you can enjoy.
Dips, Chips, Pizza & Chicken Tenders Get a Healthy Paleo Makeover
Spinach and Artichoke Dip
2 (14oz) artichoke hearts ( in brine in a glass jar) chopped
16oz fresh or frozen spinach
1 cup cashews, roasted and unsalted
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Add spinach and artichokes to large saucepan over medium heat and sprinkle with just a bit of salt. While your spinach thaws and artichokes warm up, pull out your handy dandy food processor. Place cashews in food processor and turn on. Grind until your cashews become a flour then begin to pour in your olive oil until you get a creamy consistency. Kind of like a super creamy cashew butter. Once your spinach is completely thawed (if frozen) and it’s all good and warm, drain the excess water from your saucepan and add spinach and artichoke to a large bowl. Add your creamy cashews and seasons to the bowl and mix thoroughly. Serve with sweet potato chips or veggies!
Coconut Chicken Nuggets with Paleo “BBQ” Sauce
1 pound ground organic grass-fed chicken
1 organic egg yolk
1 teaspoon onion powder
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ cup + ½ cup almond flour
½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
½ cup coconut oil
Salt & Pepper
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a bowl combine ¼ cup almond flour, ½ cup coconut and salt & pepper. Mix to combine. In a separate bowl, combine the ground chicken, ½ cup almond flour, onion powder, garlic powder, egg yolk and salt & pepper. Mix well until everything is incorporated. In a sauté pan, melt coconut oil on medium heat. Take about 2 tablespoons worth of the chicken mixture and roll into a ball and then coat with the coconut and almond mixture. Repeat with the remaining chicken. You should make about 15 to 18 chicken nugget/balls. In small batches place nuggets into heated coconut oil and cook on each side for about 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer balls to a parchment lined bake pan and place in oven for 4 to 5 minutes to allow the chicken to cook through. Repeat with the remaining chicken nuggets.
Allow nuggets to cool and serve with Paleo “BBQ” Sauce (recipe follows).
Paleo “BBQ” Sauce
3/4 cup fresh orange juice
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
10 tablespoons tomato paste
4 tablespoons shallots, minced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon coconut oil
Instructions: Heat coconut oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Place minced shallots and garlic in sauce pan until soft. Stir in remaining ingredients and simmer over low heat for 15-20 minutes.
Cauliflower Crust Pizza
1 1/2 cups cooked, shredded organic cauliflower or eggplant can be used too
1 organic egg, beaten
1 tsp organic oregano
1 tsp crushed organic garlic
1/2 tsp organic garlic powder
sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
organic coconut oil
Preheat oven to 450 degrees… Coat a cookie sheet with coconut oil.T ake 1 large head of cauliflower, remove stems and leaves and chop the florets into chunks. Grate the cauliflower with a grater or chop in food processor. Place the diced cauliflower in a pot and steam for 5 – 10 minutes. In a medium bowl, stir together 1 1/2 cups cauliflower and egg. Add oregano, crushed garlic, garlic powder and sea salt and pepper to taste. Stir. Transfer to cookie sheet, and using your hands, pat out into a 9 inch round. Brush with olive oil to help it brown a bit. Bake in oven for 15 minutes. Remove from oven.
To the crust you can add a sugar free organic tomato sauce.Then you can throw together all the organic veggies you can find ( zucchini, mushrooms, broccoli, tomatoes, onion, spinach, olives etc) as toppings. You can also add some cooked organic chicken, shrimp, or extra lean ground beef to make it a complete meal. Place under a broiler just to warm it up a bit.
**Note** Toppings and meat should be pre-cooked ( optional for veggies) since you are only broiling for a few minutes. A meal to cook and enjoy with the whole family and friends!
I hope you enjoy and your team wins!
(Some Tips were provided/adapted by Don’t Gamble With Your Diet at the Super Bowl Party By Shereen Jegtvig, recipes adapted by chowstalker, paleo omg)