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Super Bowl SuperFoods- Yes PLEASE! 10 Healthy Super Bowl Superfood Snacks and Appetizer Recipes

When watching the Super Bowl  this Sunday with your friends and family, snacking is just a huge part of the fun, right?    It just comes with the territory... But for those of us who are also watching our waistline, we also want options that are healthy while still being delicious!!  

SO, won't it be nice to be able to bring something guilt-free to the table for everyone to enjoy!?  

Yes, I think so too! ;) xo

So, below are some awesome Super Bowl Superfood Snacks and appetizers I've compiled, that you can savor while you cheer on your favorite team (or if you're like me) chat with your friends and wait for the halftime show! ;)

1- Loaded Turkey Bell Pepper "Nachos":
(from Skinny Taste)

INGREDIENTS:

  • olive oil spray
  • 1 lb 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 onion, minced
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 21 mini rainbow peppers, halved and seeded (about 13 oz seeded)
  • 1 cup sharp shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp light sour cream, thinned with 1 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp sliced black olives
  • 1 jalapeno, sliced thin (optional)
  • chopped cilantro, for garnish

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F and line a large baking try with parchment or aluminum foil. Lightly spray with oil.
  2. Spray oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add onion, garlic and cilantro and saute about 2 minutes, add ground turkey, salt, garlic powder, cumin and cook meat for 4 to 5 minutes until meat is completely cooked through. Add 1/4 cup of tomato sauce and chicken broth, mix well and simmer on medium for about 5 minutes, remove from heat.
  4. Meanwhile, arrange mini peppers in a single layer, cut-side up close together.
  5. Fill each with cooked ground turkey mixture, then top with shredded cheese and jalapeno slices, if using.
  6. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, until cheese is melted.
  7. Remove from oven and top with black olives, sour cream and cilantro. Serve immediately.

NUTRITION INFORMATION

Yield: 6 servings, Serving Size: 7 nachos
  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Freestyle Points: 5
  • Points +: 5
  • Calories: 187 calories
  • Total Fat: 11g
  • Saturated Fat: g
  • Cholesterol: 62mg
  • Sodium: 418mg
  • Carbohydrates: 6.5g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 0.5g
  • Protein: 18g

2- Low-Carb Pesto-Turkey Roll-ups:
(from Ambitious Kitchen)
INGREDIENTS
  • 3 medium cucumbers (each will yield about 6 slices)
  • ¼ cup store-bought basil pesto
  • 6 slices GO Veggie Lactose & Soy Free Mozzarella Slices, cut into ½ inch strips
  • 6 oz deli smoked turkey breast, shredded
  • 1 bell pepper, thinly sliced into matchsticks
  • 1/2 cup spinach, shredded
  • salt and pepper, for seasoning
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Slice the cucumbers lengthwise on a mandoline at about a 2mm setting. If you don’t have a mandoline, you can always use a vegetable peeler. Place the cucumber slices on parchment paper and pat dry with a paper towel.
  2. Spread about 1 teaspoon of pesto on each cucumber, then evenly distribute cheese, turkey, bell pepper and spinach on each. Sprinkle with a little salt and black pepper. Roll up and place seam down. If you want an even nicer presentation, you can stick a toothpick in the middle for easy appetizers! Serve with extra pesto or sauce of choice. Makes about 18 rolls.

This is SO yummy!!
3-  Tomato Garden Salsa: 

  • 2-3 fresh tomatoes, stems removed, finely diced
  • 1 jalapeño* (stems, ribs, and seeds removed), finely diced
  • 1 Serrano chili* (stems, ribs, and seeds removed), finely diced
  • ½ red onion, finely diced
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tbsp Isagenix Greens
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: oregano and/or cumin to taste
  • serve with bean, flax or chia chips for an extra boost of nutrition and taste!
4-  Lemon-Garlic White Bean Hummus
(from Reader's Digest)

The superfood: White beans
Eat them because: They offer big servings of fiber and protein, but make for a creamier and smoother dip than chickpeas.
Recipe:
Makes: 8 servings
Time: 10 minutes
2 (14–ounce) cans Great Northern beans, drained and rinsed
Juice of 2 lemons
¼ cup tahini
4 cloves garlic, peeled
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon hot sauce
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
In a food processor, mix together the beans, lemon juice, tahini, garlic, salt, and hot sauce. Process until the beans are smooth, stopping to scrape the sides if necessary. With the processor running on low speed, stream in the olive oil through the chute and process until just combined.
Nutrition per serving: 194 calories, 11.2 g fat, 22 g carbs, 6.3 g protein
If you're a huge garlic fan, feel free to toss in a few more cloves for an extra kick (and maybe keep the breath mints nearby).
5- Marinated Mushrooms:
(from FoodMatters)
Mushrooms are a humble yet potent cancer fighting fungi.  White button mushrooms a supermarket staple are available all-year round and have been proven by research at the Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope, Duarte, California, to contain beneficial quantities of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) which induces apoptosis (cancer cell self-destruction) on prostate cancer and boost immunity. This fresh marinated mushroom appetizer is a savory umami filled bite. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound small white button mushrooms  (wiped clean, all dirt, and debris removed)
  • 1 bunch thinly sliced scallions
  • ½ bunch of finely chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 1 garlic clove thinly sliced
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup white wine vinegar or champagne vinegar

Method:

  1. In a large glass, ceramic, or non-reactive bowl whisk oil, vinegar, dried herbs, salt, and red pepper flakes together.
  2. Cut mushrooms in half, add mushrooms, onion, garlic, and parsley to bowl with marinade.  Stir well to combine.   
  3. Let marinade for at least 24 hours, 48 hours is optimal, served chilled or room temperature
  4. Enjoy!
Satisfy your sweet tooth without the guilt!
6- Chocolate-Raspberry Protein Bites:

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup raw cashews
4 scoops of chocolate IsaLean shake
8 dates, pitted
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 ripe banana
1/2 cup freeze-dried raspberries

DIRECTIONS:
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Place the oats, cashews, shake powder, dates, cocoa powder, and salt in a food processor, and blend until everything is a smooth, floury consistency.
Add the banana, and blend until a thick, slightly sticky dough forms.
Roll out 25 balls, and place them on the parchment paper.
Pulse the freeze-dried raspberries in a Nutribullet or food processor.
Roll each ball in the raspberry powder, and return to the cookie sheet.
Store in the fridge in a sealed container for up to a week.

7-  Buffalo Chicken Deviled Eggs:
(from ClosetCooking)

Ingredients:
6 boiled eggs, pealed and cut in half
1 TB Greek Yogurt
2 TB Buffalo Wing Hot sauce
1/4 cup cooked chicken, finely shredded or diced
2 TB diced carrots
2 TB diced celery
1 TB diced onion
2 TB Blue cheese

Directions:
1- Scoop yolks out of eggs halves, mash and mix with greek yogurt, hot sauce, chicken, carrot, celery, onion and blue cheese.
2- Place a tablespoon of mixture back into egg halves and serve garnished with extra blue cheese, hot sauce and parsley.

8- Brownie Batter Protein Fruit Dip 🍫
This is Packed with vitamins, minerals, superfoods, antioxidants, digestive enzymes, prebiotics, probiotics and immunity boosters!
.
Easy peasy recipe!!
2 T. Peanut butter or Almond Butter
1 Scoop Dutch Chocolate IsaLean
Splash of Almond Milk
Serve with sliced fruit and enjoy!

9- Super Zucchini Chips:
Cut a zucchini into thin slices and toss in 1 Tbsp olive oil, sea salt, and pepper. 
Sprinkle with paprika and bake at 450°F for 25 to 30 minutes. Tip:  Use paprika not only to flavor this healthy snack, but also to boost your metabolism, reduce your appetite, and lower your blood pressure.

10-  Southwestern Quinoa Salad:
(from AthleteNetwork)

Ingredients: 
2 cups quinoa, rinsed
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 red onion chopped
2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can yellow corn
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onion
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
juice of 6 limes
1/4 cup olive oil
2 TB honey
1 TB cumin
4 oz feta cheese crumbles

Instructions:
  • cook quinoa in 4 cups water, according to package instructions.
  • after cooking, set aside, add corn, onions, pepper, black beans, cheese and cilantro.
  • whisk lime juice, oil, honey and cumin together in a small bowl, (salt, pepper and more honey to taste)
  • pour over quinoa mix, stir gently to coat. Serve at room temperature and enjoy!
Tips to Stay Energetic, Fit and Healthy on Super Bowl Sunday:

1-  Workout in the morning to rev up your metabolism for the day- even a 10-15 min tabata or hiit routine can do the trick to get your heart pumping and energized for the day!  Here's some great ideas for workouts.

2- Drink lots of water- bring a water bottle with you if you're going to a super bowl party!

3-  Replace your first 2 meals with a Protein shake- a great way to help you stay on track on Super Bowl Sunday is to have a shake for breakfast and lunch so you have more freedom to enjoy your eating and time during the game.  You'll get the protein you need to burn fat and build muscle and also feel fuller so you're less tempted to eat an entire bowl of chips mindlessly during the game! ;)  Here's some awesome protein shake recipes to try out!

4-  Have a shake just before you head out- another option is just before you head to your Super Bowl party, have your protein shake then so you're satisfied and less likely to snack and derail your efforts.

5- Bring and healthy snack or side dish to contribute- this will ensure you know at least one of the options is one you can enjoy while getting the nutrition your body needs to feel amazing.

6-  Use commercial breaks to fit in some extra fitness!  Squats, crunches, tricep dips and leg lifts are all simple moves you can easily fit in during commercial breaks.

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