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Healthy Finger Foods for the Big Game Day- Tuesday, January 30, 2018

This weekend is Super Bowl Sunday and we thought you might like to try your hand at one or two of these healthier finger food recipes...

Creamy Avocado Yogurt Dip

Serves 4   Prep time: 10 minutes    Total time: 10 minutes

Every party this weekend will likely have a guacamole dip set out and people will no doubt scarf it up. However, some of your guests may be trying very hard to stay on the diet that they started at the beginning of this month, and chances are they would love you for offering a healthier alternative. This healthy Creamy Avocado Yogurt Dip is simple to make and is great for parties or snack time.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt
  • 2 ripe avocados, peeled and seeded
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped seeded jalapeño pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • Pita chips, tortilla chips, cut up veggies-for serving

DIRECTIONS:

Place the yogurt, avocados, garlic, cilantro, jalapeño, lime juice, and cumin in a blender or food processor. Mix until smooth. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Scrape dip into a serving bowl and serve with pita chips, tortilla chips, or cut up veggies.

 

Spicy Sweet Potato Hummus

Serves 8   Prep time: 10 minutes   Cook time: 45 minutes

Talk about a healthy snack attack! This hummus pairs sweet potatoes, a great source of fiber and vitamin A, and chickpeas, which are high in protein and fiber. Serve it with whole-wheat pita chips...and cross your fingers that there will be leftovers for sandwiches and wraps.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 large sweet potatoes (or 2 cups mashed sweet potato)
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wrap each sweet potato with foil. Bake for 45 minutes to an hour, or until tender. Peel sweet potatoes, set aside. In a large food processor (or blender), puree garlic cloves and chickpeas. Add tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, brown sugar, and spices. Puree until smooth. Then add sweet potatoes and puree until completely combined. Serve immediately with pita chips or store in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to serve.

 

Shrimp Ceviche Verde

Prep time: 10 min.   Cook time: 0 min.

This recipe requires no cooking on your part; the acid in the lime juice does all the work. Your guests will rave about this one and ask for the recipe.

  • 1 Lb. fresh, uncooked. shrimp, medium-to-small size, peeled and deveined.
  • 4 fl. oz. fresh. lime juice
  • 1/4 lb. fresh. tomatillos, husked, rinsed and roughly chopped.
  • 1 Cup fresh cilantro (loosely packed), thick bottom stems cut off.
  • salt
  • 1 Serrano chilies, stemmed, seeded and very finely chopped.
  • 1/2 habanero peppers, stemmed seeded and very finely chopped.
  • 3 Tbsp finely chopped. chives
  • 1 avocadoes, pitted, flesh scooped from skin and cut into small cubes.

DIRECTIONS:

Cut the shrimp into bite-size pieces and scoop into a serving bowl. In a blender, combine the lime juice, tomatillos, cilantro and 3/4 normal tsp salt. Blend until slushy looking, but not completely smooth. Stir into the shrimp and refrigerate 30 minutes. Just before serving, stir in the two chilies, chives and avocado. Taste and season with more salt if you think necessary.

 

It’s time for the big game EVENT!- Tuesday, January 27, 2015

As has often been said, the Super Bowl long ago stopped being just a game and is now a bigger-than-life event. Many of my friends are trying hard to shed those 5 – 10 extra pounds we picked up over the holidays and going to a Super bowl party is not at all what the doctor ordered.  After doing a little research we discovered some useful tips to help you still have fun this Sunday without blowing your diet. We found this article (written by Rachel Sturtz) on the Fitness Magazine website:
 
Fattening snacks like buffalo wings, potato skins, and chips (and don't forget beer!) make Super Bowl parties a challenge when you're dieting. Here are a few healthy tips so you can enjoy the game without gaining a pound.
 
Kick off with fiber
Place mugs of turkey chili (use extra-lean ground meat) on the first table that guests see as they walk into the room. This filling snack will set the stage for a healthy evening.
 
Intercept fatty snacks
Put buffalo wings out of arm's reach. They're almost always cooked with the skin on, but you can slash fat and calories a bit by baking instead of frying.
 
Tackle cravings
Toss a 3-ounce package of microwave popcorn with 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 3 tablespoons brown sugar, and 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes for a sweet-and-spicy snack with about 15 calories per handful.
 
Pass on big portions
It's easy to overdo chips and guacamole. Put 6 tablespoons of guac into ramekins with baskets of about 30 chips on side tables. This is the perfect amount for two people to share.
 
Take an alcohol time-out
Save calories by stocking an easily accessible cooler with non-booze beverages like diet soda and sparkling and bottled water. Leave the beer in the kitchen so you have to travel to get it.