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Healthy Superbowl Snacks

The BIG GAME countdown has begun. Even if you’re not a big fan, you will probably get together with friends to watch the game. For Seattleites this is almost a national holiday, kind of like a second Thanksgiving. And, most of us will eat as much as we do on Thanksgiving. Here are some healthier snacks for the big game.

Seahawk Green Smoothie

Why I like it: even if you spend the rest of your Super Bowl Sunday eating chips and wings, at least you got your veggies in!

Ingredients:

1 handful of spinach

1 lemon, peeled

1 inch piece of fresh ginger

1/3 cucumber

1 celery stalk

1 small handful of cilantro

1 small handful of parsley

1 cup of water, or more

Serving of protein powder (pick a protein powder without fake sweeteners such as Splenda or aspartame)

Optional fruit (I used an Apple)

1 packet of Oxylent

1 tablespoon of Barleans Flaxseed oil (vegan formula)

Instructions:

Peel the fresh ginger

Peel the lemon

Chop up the apple

Step 2: Combine all ingredients in your blender and blend

 

Big Game Guac & Sprouted Chips

WAY BETTER SNACKS:  Simply Unbeatable BLUE corn Tortilla Chips with sprouted ingredients. Not just any ingredients, ingredients that many of us wouldn’t normally even eat at home-daikon radish, brown rice, flaxseed, , kale & chia seeds, broccoli seeds & black beans just to name a few.

Why I like them: WBS starts with the highest quality inputs (seeds, beans and grains) to sprout to further ensuring their nutrition and absorption-WBS taste great!

Combine with heart healthy guacamole and you’ve got the perfect Seahawk color snack!

 

Seahawk salad-GO HAWKS!

Why I like it: first of all, no Seahawks were injured in the making of this salad. And, second, this salad uses grilled veggies not salad greens, so it can be made well in advance of the game without getting soggy-quick & healthy!

Chop into bite sized pieces any veggies you have. I used cukes, broccoli, carrots & snap peas; drizzle them with olive oil & throw them into a BBQ basket. I cook until slightly soft, about 5-8 minutes on medium heat. I drizzle with my homemade vinaigrette and then add sliced avocado. I find that the BBQ’d veggies add so much flavor that I can use less dressing.

Vinaigrette:

3 smashed garlic cloves (I use the already peeled Christopher Ranch garlic)

3/4 cup of olive oil

Juice of 1/2 lemon (adds flavor without calories)

1/4 to 1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar (I use the Costco Kirkland signature brand)

1 Tbsp. of Dijon mustard

Salt & pepper to your liking

I smash the garlic on a cutting board and toss it into my blender bottle or into a bowl. I add the remainder of the ingredients to the blender bottle (or bowl) and whisk, whisk, whisk! This will blend the flavors and make it taste great. Too tart? You can add a touch more oil or even mashed avocado.

 

Seahawk Mocktail or Cocktail?

A U.K. study (on men) discovered that study participants consumed 30% more calories if they enjoyed an alcoholic beverage before or during a meal.  So, cut out the sugary cocktails! While I haven’t read any studies to back up this information, I can tell you that if I enjoy too many cocktails I seem to wake up with a bit of a spare tire right at my waistline. I also see this with my clients that over-do the holiday cocktails. If my clients could just cut out the sugary “mixers” that they use in their cocktails it would lower their daily sugar calories significantly.

My solution? Use the flavored sparkling water, LaCroix as the mixer. The taste is a bit sweet (but no added sugar) and it adds a nice flavor to your cocktail or mocktail.  

Seahawk Mocktail

Why I like it: simple answer-almost NO CALORIES!

  • 1 cup club LaCroix Lime (or your favorite flavor) Sparkling water
  • 1 packet of Oxylent (powdered multivitamin)
  • 3 sprigs of mint
  • Blueberry fruit kabob on top

Directions

In a glass, add mint and pour in LaCroix Sparkling water. Add packet of Oxylent, stir, add fruit kabob and ENJOY!

 

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