Healthy Snack Options – The Super Bowl Edition
- Posted on: Feb 1 2018
The time has come to watch what has become one of the most revered sports competitions! It’s almost time for Super Bowl Sunday. While watching the Eagles square off with the Patriots (this being Tom Brady’s 8thSuper bowl!), we would like to provide some healthy snack options to inspire your palate as you cheer for your favorite team.
There are numerous variants of the most popular appetizers and finger foods, but if you can incorporate nutritional complements, via herbs, spices, and of course the vegetables, you can supplement your body while also providing savory dishes.
With each recipe, you will be given some insight into the mechanisms of which the mélange of ingredients provide a boost that would invigorate the most diehard sports fans.
Egg White “Muffins”
Egg whites provide a hearty source of protein and cut the cholesterol and fat out of what makes an egg. They also have a lighter consistency to them which provides the satiety of protein, without the heaviness that often accompanies it.
What you need:
- Either 4 eggs with the yolk removed (by the way yolk is great for keeping animals away if you have a garden, so don’t waste it!) or 1 carton of egg whites already prepared.
- ½ cup of finely chopped red and yellow pepper
- A muffin or cupcake baking pan
- Phyllo shells (you can find these in the frozen section in any grocery store)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Set your oven to 300 degrees for preheating
- Place the phyllo shells in the pan separately
- Mix all ingredients
- Fill each phyllo cup half way (egg white rises)
- Back for approximately 15 minutes, but keep an eye on them because all oven times vary
Tip: topping with some herbs like cilantro or basil adds a whole new element.
Brussel Sprout Tacos
Cumin, or jeera in Hindi, is thought to be involved improved digestive health, particularly through the stimulation of digestion, from the salivary glands to pancreatic enzymes which are necessary for the appropriate breakdown of fat and glucose control. Cuminaldehyde is an essential oil in cumin seeds that aromatically stimulates (like a Pavlonian dog) the salivary glands! Along with that, it provides a rather impressive amount of micro and macronutrients, including 16% of the daily dose of iron, 7% of manganese, 4% copper, 4% calcium, 3% vitamin B1.
As if that’s not enough, this little seed can also be ground into a powder that can be even added to water. Jeera water has been studied due to its role in metabolism. It has a component called thymol that stimulates the pancreasto secret bile acids and enzymes that also aid in absorption and digestion. I’m sure you’ve heard of Tums which contains magnesium in helping with gas problems. A mix of cumin in water can serve as a substitute for gaseousness.
What you need:
- Brussel Sprouts- To save yourself time pick up the precut Brussel sprout shreds from Trader Joe’s
- 1 bunch of cilantro
- 1 tablespoon of cumin seeds
- 2 teaspoons olive oil or avocado oil
- Fire roasted salsa (if you’re inspired you can make this yourself!)
- ½ a teaspoon of turmeric
- Small soft tortillas
- 1 bunch of kale chopped
- Heat the cumin seeds for approximately 3-4 minutes in your chosen oil. Don’t let them overcook.
- Add the shredded Brussel sprouts. One great tip for cooking Brussel sprouts is to intermittently add water to help soften them, but allowing them enough time to brown. It should be easier with the chopped ones.
- Chop the cilantro incorporating parts of the stems.
- Add the turmeric, salt, pepper, and chili to taste.
- Once the Brussel sprouts have cooked, which means they have a bit of brown color to them, add the cilantro.
- Plate your tortillas life tacos and fill them with the Brussel sprout mixture.
- Top with fire roasted and salsa and you have a win!
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