Healthy Football Season Snacks

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When football season rolls around and it’s the weekend, for most fans the TV is on and a sea of snacks inhabit the table. But how healthy are they? With our new health conscious outlook, it may be hard to find something that can satisfy, taste good, and be good for you. Here are some great alternatives to the fattening food we are usually surrounded by on game day. You can make nachos both healthy and satisfying. The Weary Chef suggests skipping the heavy sour cream and cheese, and adding red bell pepper, zucchini, and black beans. Zucchini is loaded with healthy nutrients like manganese, potassium, and carotenoids. Bell peppers are a tremendous source of vitamin-C. Check out their recipe here: http://wearychef.com/healthy-nachos/. The Minimalist Baker also has a recipe, with a sauce that is very much like queso. It is also vegan. Check it out here: http://minimalistbaker.com/the-best-damn-vegan-nachos/.

Process dried peppers, walnuts, garlic, olive oil, and spices combined make a very healthy dip from the Middle East. It can be found in such places as Syria and Lebanon. They call it muhummara. Here in the U.S. it is often called roasted red pepper and walnut dip. This can be a very healthy snack, especially if eaten with baked chips. There are spice kit recipes you can purchase online. You just throw all the ingredients into the food processor and blend until smooth. Almonds are a good substitute for walnuts if you don’t have them. There are lots of vitamins and minerals contained in this dip. In addition, walnuts contain omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. Here is an easy recipe:   http://www.wholeliving.com/133153/spicy-red-pepper-and-walnut-dip?center=0&gallery=136374&slide=133153. Here is one from a website called the Spice Kit: http://www.thespicekitrecipes.com/lebanese-muhammara-roasted-red-pepper-walnut-dip/. Roasted chickpeas are great. They taste much like corn nuts, but are much healthier. Chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans, are easy to roast. Simply get them out of the can, rinse and dry, place them on a cookie sheet, drizzle with olive oil and into the oven they go. You can have so many different flavors, depending upon what spices you use. Season them with anything you like. Here is a website with 15 different flavors: http://www.thekitchn.com/15-more-ways-to-flavor-roasted-106112. Have the right snacks around and you will feel satisfied, full, and healthy.

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