Get Super-Bowl-Ready with STRIDE's Healthy Tips

One of the biggest global television events is coming up this weekend! (For those non-sporty readers, we’re talking about The Super Bowl…) Whether you have a favorite team or have no interest at all, you will likely end up at a festivity with friends and family this Sunday. It can be a great day of socializing and celebration. Making healthy choices can be a struggle at these parties so we’re bringing some different options to you. If you plan ahead, you can save yourself some anguish! A lot of us have set goals to stay healthy and make better choices in January, so why let the Super Bowl set us back? Here are some staggering facts about consumption on this day that may encourage you to plan ahead this year. Foods consumed on Game Day:

-30 million pounds of snacks

-1.3 billion chicken wings

-12.5 million pizzas

-11.2 million pounds of chips

-4 million pounds of pretzels

-3 million pounds of nuts

-325.5 million gallons of beer

-$2.37 million spent on soda

One of the reasons the great food and booze over-consumption occurs is emotional eating and distracted eating. Just think about standing over the chip and dip bowl for a few minutes and think about those conversations with a stranger and those awkward moments. We just continue to nibble away. How about that irritating feeling when your team is not playing well…back to the wings platter. You started controlling your intake and then you just throw the towel in and will start fresh next week. Whatever the multitude of reasons …(“oh shoot, they just put out the brownies, cookies & candy!”)…it’s all over.

Or maybe not this year!
Here is a quick list of how to be prepared and pro-active for a fun and healthy event!

·        Baked chips not fried

·        Ditch the full fat/sodium creamy dips for veggies high fiber options

·        Unsalted or low sodium nuts and snacks

·        Boost high fiber veggies options

·        Grill items instead of frying

·        High protein options

·        Alternate 8 OZ of water in-between other beverages

Healthy Super Bowl recipes? We have those too!

CAULIFLOWER BUFFALO WINGS

INGREDIENTS:

·        1 cup water

·        1 cup all purpose flour

·        2 tsp garlic powder

·        22 oz (6 1/2 cups) cauliflower florets

·        3/4 cup Franks Hot Sauce

·        1 tbsp melted unsalted butter

DIRECTIONS:

1.      Preheat the oven to 450°F. Lightly spray a large non-stick baking sheet with oil.

2.      Combine the water, flour, and garlic powder in a bowl and stir until well combined.

3.      Coat the cauliflower pieces with the flour mixture and place on the baking sheet; bake for 20 minutes.

4.      While the cauliflower is baking, combine the hot sauce and butter in a small bowl.

5.      Pour the hot sauce mixture over the baked cauliflower and continue baking for an additional 5 minutes.

6.      Serve with a healthy Greek yogurt ranch dipping sauce!

CHICKEN AND WHITE BEAN SLOW COOKER CHILI

INGREDIENTS

-6 skinless boneless chicken breasts

-1-2 Jars of green salsa

-1 Bunch cilantro

-1 small onion, chopped

-1 tsp cumin

-1 tsp onion powder

-2 cans white beans, drained and rinsed (low sodium)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Put all ingredients, except for the beans, into your crock pot - set to High

  2. Leave this for a few hours or until chicken pulls apart

  3. Turn crock pot to low and add beans. Leaving in for 1 more hour

  4. Serve over brown rise and garnish with light sour cream, avocado, cheese and fresh cilantro - enjoy!

SLOW COOKER TERIYAKI MEATBALLS

INGREDIENTS
·       1 pound lean ground turkey

·        2 green onion, thinly sliced

·        ¼ cup panko breadcrumbs

·        1 egg

·        1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce

·        ½ teaspoon fresh grated ginger

·        1 clove of garlic, minced

·        ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

·        ¼ teaspoon black pepper

FOR THE SAUCE

·        ⅓ cup low sodium soy sauce

·        ¼ cup water

·        ¼ cup pineapple juice

·        2 tablespoons hoisin sauce

·        1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar

·        2 tablespoons honey

·        1 clove of garlic, minced

·        1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger

·        2 teaspoons cornstarch

DIRECTIONS

1.      Preheat oven to 400 degrees, line a baking sheet with foil, and spray it with cooking spray.

2.      In a large bowl whisk together all of the meatball ingredients except the ground turkey.

3.      Add in the turkey and mix together with a fork or your hands until everything is combined.

4.      Using a cookie scoop or tablespoon, scoop out equal portions of the meatball mixture and form into balls.

5.      Place the meatballs onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.

6.      In the meantime, whisk together all of the ingredients in the teriyaki sauce in a medium sized bowl.

7.      Remove the meatballs from the oven and place them in a slow cooker sprayed with cooking spray.

8.      Pour in the teriyaki sauce and stir everything together.

9.      Set the slow cooker to low, cover, and cook the meatballs for 2-3 hours.

10.   Give the meatballs a stir a couple times during the cooking process to ensure that all the meatballs are coated in the teriyaki sauce.


LOW FAT CREAMY BLUE CHEESE DIPPING SAUCE

INGREDIENTS

1/2 Cup crumbled blue cheese

6 oz fat-free (or low fat) Greek yogurt

1 Tbsp light mayonnaise

1 Tbsp lemon juice

1 Tbsp white wine vinegar

1/8 tsp garlic powder

salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a small bowl, mash blue cheese and yogurt together with a fork

  2. Stir in mayonnaise, lemon juice, vinegar and garlic powder until well blended

  3. Season with salt and pepper - makes 1 cup

Natalie Oboodiyat