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Healthy Super Bowl Snacks

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Super Bowl falls during February which is Heart Health Month, but the average Super Bowl nosh is anything but heart healthy. It doesn’t have to be this way – you can still enjoy an amazing Super Bowl spread while still living a heart healthy lifestyle! Personal Chef and Nutrition Consultant, Kirsten Hell,e showed us a few of her healthy swaps!

Heart Healthy Simple Chili

• 1 lb lean ground meat of your choice, or 1 lb diced chicken/turkey/beef sirloin

• 1 jar Latin healthy cooking sauce (we’re using Mesa de Vida Smoky Latin cooking sauce for this recipe. Use one that is low in sodium.)

• 28 oz canned crushed tomatoes

• 2 cans rinsed and drained beans (pinto, black beans, kidney, etc.)

• 1 cup frozen corn

• Salt and hot sauce to taste

• Fresh cilantro, chopped cabbage, fresh salsa and lime to taste for topping

Place everything (except the toppings) into the slow cooker. If using ground meat, brown first then add to the slow cooker. Cook on low for 6-8 hours then serve with assorted toppings of your choice. Enjoy!

Sweet potato “skins”

• 2 medium to large sweet potatoes, sliced into approximately ¾” slices

• 4 slices bacon, finely chopped and cooked until crisp, excess fat removed with a paper towel OR (to keep vegan) mushroom “bacon” (thinly sliced mushrooms cooked in the oven until golden brown and crispy)

• 2 cups almond/cashew “cheese” (we’re using Fauxmage cashew cheese, Rooster flavor for this)

• 1 bunch green onions, finely chopped

• Salt and hot sauce to taste

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Coat the sliced sweet potato with a bit of healthy oil/fat of your choice then lay flat on parchment paper lined baking sheets. Bake until golden brown and tender, approximately 30 minutes, flipping once. Combine the bacon (or mushroom “bacon”, almond/cashew cheese, green onions, salt, and hot sauce to taste in a bowl, mix well to combine. Spread the cheese mixture evenly among the baked sweet potato slices and serve cold or at room temperature. Enjoy!

Lean & mean bacon & blue cheese sliders

• 1 lb lean ground beef or turkey

• 1 tsp granulated garlic powder

• 1 tsp granulated onion powder

• ¼ cup finely minced red onion

• 2 slices bacon, finely chopped and cooked until crisp, excess fat removed with a paper towel

• ¼ cup blue cheese crumbles

• Pinch of salt and ground black pepper to taste

• Whole grain dinner rolls, sliced tomato, lettuce, and onion

Combine the beef or turkey with the seasonings, crumbled crispy bacon and blue cheese. Mix until just combined. Form into 8 burgers (easiest if you form the mixture into a rectangle then divide it with your hands into 8 equal pieces.) Cook on a lightly greased skillet or grill pan, approximately 3-4 minutes per side, until done to your liking. Serve on whole grain dinner rolls with lots of sliced tomato, lettuce, and onion. Enjoy!

Healthier French onion dip & vegetables

• 2 large onions, finely chopped

• 1 cup light sour cream

• 1 cup plain Greek yogurt

• 1 tsp granulated onion powder

• 1 tsp granulated garlic powder

• 1 tsp Tamari soy sauce

• Pinch of salt to taste

• Lots of fresh ground pepper to taste

Cook the onions in a large skillet with just a bit of healthy oil/fat of your choice until golden brown and soft. Cool and combine with the remaining ingredients. Chill overnight. Serve with vegetables and baked low-sodium chips if you wish. Enjoy!

Strawberry footballs

• Strawberries

• Melted dark chocolate (we used Theo dark chocolate for this)

• Melted white chocolate

Dip clean and dry strawberries into the melted dark chocolate, let it rest for 10 minutes to harden. Place the melted white chocolate into a plastic zip top bag or piping bag. If using a zip top bag snip a very small corner of the bag. Pipe lines that look like a football lace on the strawberries and let rest to harden. Enjoy!

Cocktails over beer! You can down hundreds if not thousands of calories sipping on beer all day. Try a cocktail instead – even get some fruit! This all natural fruit based syrup is naturally sweetened, add lots of ice and some extra soda water so you can sip on it longer.

Hibiscus Sangria (via TheBitterHouseWife.com)

(six 6 oz. servings)

• 750 ml bottle red wine

• 2/3 cup brandy, cognac, or vodka

• 1/3 cup RAFT Hibiscus Lavender syrup

• 1-2 cups fresh fruit and/or citrus, sliced

Mix all ingredients in a pitcher or container. Cover and refrigerate for 2-12 hours. Keep it in the fridge longer if you want, just remove most of the citrus or the citrus rind will impart a bitter flavor. Serve over ice with a few pieces of fruit in each glass. Sit back and enjoy the party.

If you’re going to snack, eat LOTS of vegetables or heart healthy nuts, popcorn in between! This will keep you satisfied and keep you from stress-munching chips all day!