Super Bowl Sunday is coming up fast. Although I don’t particularly love football or participate in this event, I can definitely offer some assistance as to how this night can be made that much healthier! We know this is the biggest day for business for fast foods, delivered foods, and processed over-sugared and over-salted snacks. But wouldn’t it just be easier to make your own dish and have something healthy to munch on? If your man’s going to be in another room watching the game, simply take it upon yourself to supply your home (or his party) with some healthy all in one bowl snacks!
Here are some suggestions:
Make a Trail Mix – (recipe below)
Kale Chips – make at least 4 batches or more. They will win over any “sour cream n’ onion” chip lover, any day!
Mesquite Walnut Fig Muffins– for those with a sweet tooth!
Salsa – with corn chips
Coco Bliss Balls – because they look and taste better than Timbits! I promise
No time to prepare your own snacks? Not a problem! For some healthy prepackaged snacks including corn chips, snack bars, and more click here for ideas!
Super Bowl of Trail Mix
1 cup almonds – heart healthy
1 cup cashews – makes you happy, who doesn’t love a cashew
1/2 cup walnuts – loaded with omega 3′s and nourishes your brain
1/2 cup brazil nuts – contain selenium a powerful antioxidant
1 cup pumpkin seeds (loaded with zinc – great for prostate health) may as well take advantage while a whole bunch of men will be eating them!!
1 cup raisins or Goji Berries (or both) – some natural sweetness, fiber and antioxidants
1/2 cup hemp seeds – omega rich healthy fats
1 cup cacao nibs or dark chocolate chips – it’s not complete without some chocolate
1 cup coconut flakes – added texture, flavour and crunch
1/4 tsp sea salt – (optional) to balance out the flavours
Toss all ingredients together in a large bowl and serve. Refill when done!
Got other ideas?
What are you planning on having at your party?
Originally featured on Chatelaine
Don’t get overwhelmed with too many recipes when it comes to your holiday cooking this year. You may be deciding whether to stick with tradition, or just go with what is easiest and quickest to prepare. Why not go with some simple, healthy options, even if it means breaking a tradition or two? It will not only save you calories and excess fat, but you will have a colourful and balanced dinner on your plate and actually feel great afterward. Here are some ideas on how to sort through each component of your meal and how to choose wisely:
Instead of a cheesy dip, devilled eggs, or cheese puffs, serve a warming bowl of split pea soup. Soup makes a great holiday appetizer since it fills you up without giving you too many calories. It is also served warm, which means it will give you time to sip it before you eat too many bacon wrapped bread sticks!
White mashed potatoes with butter, cream, or milk are a holiday staple, but try making some squash instead this year. There are many varieties available, such as acorn, butternut, buttercup, or even spaghetti squash. All you have to do is cut the squash in half, drizzle it with olive or coconut oil, add a pinch of cinnamon, and bake it for an hour. Squash is delicious alongside any dish, and is naturally sweet with fewer calories and fat than traditional mashed potatoes.
Standard dishes like creamed spinach and overcooked veggies coated with cheese sauce have more calories than necessary for one meal. Instead, choose to lightly steam some green beans, Swiss chard, or broccoli. Be sure not to over-steam though, since you want your veggies to be crisp and green! Drizzle them with olive oil and lemon juice and top it all off with chopped almonds or cranberries for a unique flavour.
Instead of ham or roast beef, consider leaner and cleaner options like organic free-range turkey breast baked with rosemary and fresh lemon juice. Or go vegetarian and venture into making a lentil loaf or quinoa pilaf.
A good alternative to fruitcake, rich puddings, and parfaits is to opt for a homemade gingerbread loaf or cookies made with spelt flour, maple syrup, and applesauce. You will not only save calories but also actually add fibre and nutrients to your dessert tray!
It doesn’t matter whether you have something to stuff or not, because this veggie stuffing recipe tastes great all on its own or on your plate beside some quinoa, squash, or steamed greens.
This delicious recipe will be featured in my Holiday Harvest Class on Thursday! (3 Spots Left – come and join the fun)
Apple Walnut Stuffing
6 cups firmly-packed diced whole kamut bread
1/2 tablespoons light olive oil
1 1/2 cups chopped red onion
1 1/2 cups peeled, diced tart apple (granny smith)
3 bunches scallions, minced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon each: dried thyme, savory
3/4 teaspoon seasoned salt, more or less to taste
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
Freshly ground pepper to taste
1 1/2 cups apple juice
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Place the diced bread on a baking sheet.
- Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until dry and lightly browned.
- Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the red onion and sauté over medium heat until golden. Add the apple and sauté for another 5 minutes.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the bread cubes with the onion and apple mixture. Add all the remaining ingredients except the apple juice and toss together. Sprinkle in the apple juice slowly while stirring to moisten the ingredients evenly.
- Transfer the mixture to an oiled shallow 1 1/2-quart baking pan. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until browned and still slightly moist. Stir once during the baking time. Transfer to a covered serving container.
Marni’s Delicious Knowledge
Who doesn’t love stuffing? Serve this recipe at your holiday meal this year and your guests
will savour every delicious bite. Not sure what to do with leftovers? Toss them in a wrap with fresh
vegetables the next day for a filling, festive lunch or snack.
I have so many basic muffin recipes, in fact most vegan muffin recipes are somewhat the same in terms of basic ingredients – so it’s just about adding in a little flare into each batch to make them distinctly unique and I think I have accomplished that in this batch!
This recipe kind of evolved after I wanted to work with a few basic ingredients like Grainstorms kamut flour, banana flakes and these incredible mesquite crusted walnuts that I recently discovered, along with some mesquite powder which has become one of my favourite new superfoods.
So using one of my basic banana bread recipes, I just started subbing in ingredients to make them as delicious as they turned out. They are hearty, crumbly, gritty but still moist and tender as a muffin should be.
Why are these muffins good for me? These muffins are not only good for you, they are great for you! Filled with fiber and protein from whole rolled oats and kamut, make them a satisfying breakfast option. They are also naturally sweetened with palm sugar, apple sauce, banana flakes and have a little added texture from dried figs. Mesquite offers these muffins a unique malted taste while helping to control blood sugar levels.
I say no more. You must go off and bake these.
Mesquite Walnut Fig Muffins
What’s in it?
1 1/2 kamut flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 tbsp banana flakes (or 1/2 ripe banana)
1 tbsp mesquite
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup almond milk
1/4 cup palm or coconut sugar
1/2 cup chopped dried figs
1/3 cup apple sauce +1 tbsp ground flax or chia
1/4 cup mesquite crusted walnuts
How it’s Made!
1. Preheat oven to 350F
2. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl and mix together.
3. Combine wet ingredients in another bowl and stir together.
4. Combine wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and cream together until you get a thick batter.
5. Spoon into 8 parchment paper muffin cups.
6. Bake for 20 minutes.
7. Enjoy with a dollop of almond butter!
What is your favourite muffin recipe?
What do you love to put in your muffins, on your muffins?