Healthy Super Bowl Snacks!

Hello Friends,

It’s been a great month!  We hope those of you that did the OH Detox are feeling great and ready to celebrate!  Of course we don’t want to undo all of the great work we have done thus far, so we thought a few healthy suggestions for Super Bowl Sunday might help.  We know that some of you are experimenting with eating a vegetarian diet, many of you enjoy the paleo style of eating and weight maintenance and some of you are just getting started on your journey to healthier eating.

The Super Bowl snacks listed below fit the bill!  They are naturally gluten-free and dairy-free as well! More importantly they are packed with flavor and won’t give you a food hangover the next day!  The guacamole, pico de gallo and spinach artichoke dip are considered vegetarian.  We even have an option on the paleo-chili to go vegetarian if you desire.

Paleo-Chili

Ingredients

1 1/2 tablespoons avocado or olive oil

1 onion, chopped

1 green bell pepper, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 pounds of ground grass-fed beef

2 cups of vegetable broth

3 1/3 cups diced tomatoes (one 28-ounce can

2 tablespoons tomato paste

2 tablespoons of chili powder

1 tablespoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper or to taste

1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium-low heat. Add ground beef and saute until browned.

  2. Remove meat from pan and drain fat.  To same pan add the onion, bell pepper, and garlic and cook, stirring, until the vegetables start to soften, about 10 minutes.

  3. Increase the heat to medium and stir in the vegetable broth, tomatoes, tomato paste, cumin, oregano, salt, and black pepper and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, for 15 minutes.

*If doing a vegetarian version omit the first step and add the beans at this stage and simmer for another 10 minutes.

Use chopped cilantro and red onion for garnish.

Classic Guacamole

Ingredients

4 ripe avocados

1 lime juiced (about 2 tablespoons)

2 Roma tomatoes seeded and chopped

1 jalapeno, minced (less if you like it mild)

1/2 small white onion, finely chopped

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped

Coarse salt and ground pepper

Directions

In a medium bowl, lightly mash avocados, then stir in lime juice, tomato, jalapeno, garlic, red onion, and cilantro. Season with salt and pepper.

Serve with cucumber chips, celery sticks or organic baked tortilla chips.

Pico de Gallo

picodegallo

Pico de Gallo, Yum!

Ingredients

1 1/2 pounds of fresh tomatoes – diced

1 medium white onion – diced

1/2 bunch of cilantro – chopped

juice of one regular lime or two key limes

1 teaspoon of salt

1 jalapeno – minced (you may omit or add more depending on your tastes)

Directions

  1. Dice tomatoes, onions and jalapeno.  Rough chop the cilantro.  Put ingredients into a bowl.  Add the salt and lime juice and mix well.

You can serve this immediately but it tastes better after it’s had a couple of hours to let the flavors mingle in the refrigerator.  Serve with organic corn chips, cucumber chips or jicama chips.

Dairy-free Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Ingredients

10 oz. frozen spinach, thawed and drained

14 oz. jar artichokes hearts, rinsed and drained

1 roasted red bell pepper, peeled and chopped

1 ripe avocado

1 teaspoon of onion powder

1 teaspoon of garlic powder

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons nutritional yeast*

½ teaspoon of salt

If dairy-free isn’t an issue for you, feel free to substitute parmesan for the nutritional yeast.

Directions

  1. Drain the artichokes and spinach well then add them to the bowl of a large food processor fitted with an S-shaped blade or into a Vitamixer.  Add in the rest of the ingredients, and use the “pulse” or variable speed button to combine into a chunky dip.  Blend to your personal preference.

  2. For best flavor allow dip to chill for at least 3-4 hours before serving.

Serve with cucumber chips, celery sticks or organic baked tortilla chips.

Enjoy yourselves and the big game!

Love and hugs,

Donna and Daniela

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