Nutrition + Healthy Living Expert, Dr Keith Kantor Offers Healthy SuperBowl Snacks!
Sometimes it seems very hard to have a party and have healthy food around. It often seems like an oxymoron. When it’s SuperBowl Sunday, you can double or triple that feeling. Wait! There is a way to have healthy snacks that give you the best of healthy + party time food. Dr. Keith Kantor, a reknowned expert in nutrition, healthy eating and a very cool healthy (alkaline) water- Aqua-Oh.
(What is Aqua-Oh? A alkaline water concentrate that you add to your own pitchers or bottle of water that turns it into the perfectly healthy pH! Find Aqua-Oh here: http://www.natratech.com/Products/aquaoh.htm.This is an amazing product and worth having at YOUR SuperBowl party. You won’t be sorry!)
Dr. Kantor who is our “guest blogger” for the day, offered to put together a collection of recipes that would make a fun party but also be very healthy for you too. He did an amazing job right down to the credits. He even shared a LIGHT MOJITO cocktail recipe that is definitely worth sipping!
6-8 oz sparkling water (optional flavor)
1 oz. white rum
Juice from half lime
Stevia to taste (optional)
2-4 fresh mint leaves
Mix as cocktail over ice and serve immediately.
Fire Roasted Tomato and Olive Bruschetta
Recipe modified and picture from our friends at www.bettycrocker.com
This is a light but satisfying appetizer perfect for the pregame show.
Prep Tim:20 minutes
Total Tim: 20 minutes
1 can (14.5 oz) organic fire roasted diced tomatoes, drained
¼ cup pitted kalamata olives, quartered
¼ cup coarsely chopped drained roasted red bell peppers (from a jar or roasted in oven)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves
1-tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
½ cup soft goat cheese (4 oz)
24 slices (1/2 inch thick) wheat baguette (about 8 oz), toasted
1-2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
• In medium bowl, mix tomatoes, olives, roasted peppers, basil and oil.
• Spread goat cheese onto toasted baguette slices.
• Top with tomato mixture.
• Drizzle with balsamic.
• Serve immediately.
Football Field Guacamole Dip
Adapted from our friends at Hamilton Beach ®
Having a football themed appetizer for your Super Bowl party is a must! This appetizer is not only a conversation piece but it is actually a healthy treat, rich in both heart healthy omega 3 fatty acids from the homemade guacamole, and antioxidants from the vegetables. Serve this dip alongside fresh cut vegetables like cucumbers, bell peppers, and/or carrots in addition to traditional corn chips.
Ingredients: For a small crowd cut recipe in half
1 jar or container of your favorite cheese dip
1 container of your favorite salsa
10 small pretzel sticks
10 green olives
10 black olives
20 baby carrots
¼ c mustard
1/3 c sour cream
1 miniature sausage
1 Tbsp. chocolate chips
For homemade guacamole…
5 ripe avocados
2 jalapeno- seeded and chopped
½ red onion chopped
½ c chopped fresh cilantro
2 tsp. garlic
Juice of 1 lime
Dash of sea salt to taste
• To make it, use aluminum foil or parchment paper to create three sections in a large 9×13 rectangular serving dish. Fill the center with guacamole (see recipe) and the ends with salsa and cheese dip, creating the outline for a field and two end zones. Then, fill a piping bag, (or simply fill a plastic sandwich bag and snip the corner off and use as a piping bag) with sour cream to create the lines on the field. Don’t forget to make a line where the field and the end zones meet.
To make the football:
• Use a miniature sausage and lines and laces were drawn on with sour cream.
• Bonus tip: place leftover sausages in small crock-pot with your favorite barbeque sauce and salsa 3:1 ratio for another appetizer option.
To make the football players:
• You need olives (green and black) and baby carrots.
• Use a small knife to trim the olives into the shape of a helmet and gently press them onto the end of a baby carrot until they are secure.
• Optional: use a piping bag (or homemade version) of mustard to draw a face mask onto each carrot. When you have the teams assembled, you can start placing them on the field.
• The goalposts are made with pretzel sticks. White or dark chocolate is the perfect edible glue to hold them together; just melt a few morsels in the microwave until they begin to soften. Let the goalposts dry for about ten minutes on wax paper, then add them to the field.
• Place peeled and seeded avocados, chopped red onion, jalapeno (remove seeds if you do not like too spicy), cilantro, garlic and lime juice in food processor.
• Blend till smooth, it’s okay to be a little chunky texture.
And there you have it! Your very own delicious mini football game for your party.
Black Bean Tomato Chili
A high fiber and protein main course.
*photo credit www.eatingwell.com
1 pound lean ground beef or turkey meat
1 whole chopped onion
3 Tbs. chili powder
3 Tbs. cumin
3 Tbs. paprika
1 tsp. garlic powder
3 28 oz cans diced tomatoes
1 28 oz can black beans rinsed and drained
• Heat 1 Tbs oil in large pot over medium heat.
• Add onion, chili powder, and cumin powder
• Stir occasionally so onion doesn’t burn
• Add one-pound ground lean meat and cook until no longer pink
• Add tomatoes and beans
• Stir and continue to heat for approximately 1-hour
• Add additional seasoning if desired
Chocolate Covered StrawberriesServes 6-10 people
A preservative free dessert that is portioned controlled.
* Photo credit www.foodnetwork.com
Prep & Cook 15 min.
1 container fresh strawberries washed
1 c dark chocolate chips
1 tbsp. coconut oil
• Line cookie sheet with parchment paper
• Heat chocolate chips and coconut oil in double boiler or microwave till melted approximately 60 seconds. (Be careful not to burn)
• Dip berries into chocolate and lay on lined tray and refrigerate for 30-60 minutes till chocolate hardens.
LA-Story would like to thank Dr. Keith Kantor for his tasty (and healthy) Super-Bowl Snacks guest post. This sounds like a pretty easy spread that would suit almost anyone– and it will taste amazing!
Bio of Dr. Keith Kantor
Dr. Keith Kantor has been an advocate of natural food and healthy living for 30 years.
The premier doctor correlating nutritional food science with preventing and mitigating disease. He is also well known as the go-to expert on helping substance abuse and mental illness naturally in the United States. Chaired the Natural Products Committee requested by Congress on product criteria and label specifications for all natural foods in the United States. Chaired the Blue Ribbon panel requested by Congress on lowering health care costs in the United States. He is on the Board of Directors and Vice President of the All-Natural Food Council of North America, a 55 year old 501C3 that helps govern the all natural food industry. He is on the Communications Committee for the Natural Products Association, a 75-year-old 501C3, that is the voice of the natural products industry and works very close with Congress. He is on the Board of Directors of NAMI, the Gwinnett Chapter.
In 1994 he was appointed CEO of the largest all natural food company of its kind in the United States. He is currently CEO and Founder of NAMED Program, which helps people with substance abuse problems and the top twelve mental illnesses by using special menus and proper specific hydration. Dr. Kantor is an exclusive expert panelist for Consumer Health Digest’s Expert Panel He is also the author of
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