Super Bowl XLVIII: Healthy Edition

Typically, Super Bowl parties are synonymous with greasy chicken wings, pizza, chips and dip, cookies and maybe a veggie tray here and there. Needless to say, if you’re on a diet or simply trying to maintain healthy eating habits…you’re gonna starve.

Tonight I made broccoli cheese bites that are perfect to munch on during the game while being health conscious. They’re not just healthy, they’re delicious,cheesy and so simple.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 package of frozen, chopped broccoli (thawed and drained)
  • 1 1/2 cups of grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup of Italian breadcrumbs
  • 3 eggs
  • Salt and Pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

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All you’ll need are these 6 inexpensive ingredients!

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Add all the ingredients into one large mixing bowl.

Use your clean hands to mix all ingredients together and form small patties.

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Place the patties on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Place in over for 15 minutes, flip patties and cook an additional 15 minutes.

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The end result is crispy yet cheesy broccoli bites that you won’t regret having seconds of!

Enjoy the game!

Recipe adapted from Stacy Snacks blog

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Make Your Perfect Smoothie: Choose Your Greens

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The thought of adding spinach, kale or Swiss chard to a smoothie makes most people cringe. No worries! The green color of your smoothie says nothing about the taste plus adding greens works nutritional wonders!  Adding greens to your smoothie will help with blood circulation, digestion, energy levels and immune system health.

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Recipes via Oatmeal in My Bowl Blog

Make Your Perfect Smoothie: Choose Your Base Ingredient

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This month is National Nutrition Month. Smoothies not only add nutritional value to your diet but are also quick, energizing and tasty! The first step in creating your perfect smoothie is choosing a base ingredient. Add 1-2 cups of a base to your smoothie. This might include yogurt, dairy or plant-based (soy, almond, hemp, etc.) milk, iced green tea, coconut water, 100% fruit juice or water. These are all healthy options to make your smoothie taste great!

 

St. Patrick’s Day Green Smoothie

I honor of the upcoming holiday try this healthy take on McDonald’s Shamrock Shake via Cupcakes & Kale Chips blog. Adding greens to smoothies works nutritional wonders for your body. They improve blood circulation, help with digestion, boost your energy, strengthen your immune system and much more. Don’t be disturbed by the green color, it still tastes great!

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Ingredients
•1 frozen, ripe banana
•1 c almond or soy milk
•½ c kale (or other dark, leafy green of your choice)
•½ t vanilla extract
•¼ t mint extract
•ice cubes – I used 4 regular-sized ones. This was probably about ¾ c.
Adjust accordingly based on the size of your ice cubes and how icy you want it.

Instructions
1.Put all ingredients into a blender, and blend until smooth.

Crispy Parmesan Zucchini bites

I had a large zucchini sitting out for a while and decided to browse Pinterest to find something creative and yummy to do with it. I usually fail at recipes I find on Pinterest. Well, any recipe really. But I ended up finding a really simple and totally delicious recipe to make with my zucchini.

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Crispy Parmesan Zucchini Bites with Marinara Sauce

Here’s what you need:

A zucchini (sliced)

1/4 cup Grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup bread crumbs

1 egg (beaten)

Here’s what you do:

Cut up your zucchini into medium-sized slices, beat your egg in a small bowl, combine Parmesan and bread crumbs. Then all you do is dip the zucchini pieces in the egg followed by the bread crumb/Parmesan mixture and line them on a foil covered baking sheet. Pop those suckers in the oven on broil for about 10 minutes and pull them out lookin’ nice and golden brown!

Serve with some marinara sauce. What a quick, easy snack!

Apple Sandwiches with Peanut Butter and Granola

Ingredients

2 small apples, cored and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch thick rounds
1 teaspoon lemon juice (optional)
3 tablespoons peanut or almond butter
2 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips
3 tablespoons granola

Method

If you won’t be eating these tasty treats right away, start by brushing the apples slices with lemon juice to keep them from turning brown.

Spread one side of half of the apple slices with peanut or almond butter then sprinkle with chocolate chips and granola. Top with remaining apple slices, pressing down gently to make the sandwiches. Transfer to napkins or plates and serve.

Nutrition

Per serving: 300 calories (150 from fat), 16g total fat, 4.5g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 115mg sodium, 36g total carbohydrate (6g dietary fiber, 25g sugar), 8g protein