Super Bowl Eating That's Actually Pretty Good For You

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The odds of eating dips on game day is pretty high. So, place your bets on lighter alternatives to win the ultimate game, your health. Here are three dips that have a nutritious spin on the classics, and some tips on how to have a guilt-free Super Bowl party. 

Radish Recs: Healthy Super Bowl
Swap freshly made popcorn and homemade baked tortilla chips for store-bought chips. 

Make sure that you have plenty of fresh vegetables on hand as a healthy dipper option. Select a rainbow assortment to make the veggies as appealing as possible. Grab a Mason jar and position your veggies upright or sort by color to make them aesthetically pleasing. 

Get in your exercise. The Super Bowl is centered on sitting around, eating, and drinking. Make sure that you got in a good workout so that you have truly earned a splurge or two.

Keep your water near by, sparkling or flat, to prevent yourself from consuming too much alcohol.

Do not starve yourself before the main event. Make sure you have had a protein + healthy fat + complex carb-rich breakfast so that you are not ravenous, hangry, and unrestrained when the game starts.

Use a small plate for your snacks instead of sitting in front of the TV mindlessly eating. By utilizing a plate, you are more cognizant of how much you are eating. Don't forget to include an assortment of colorful food, and place priority on the vegetables. 

If you fall off the wagon, don’t beat yourself up….get back on track Monday morning.

Edamame Guacamole
Makes 2 cups

Ingredients
1 cup organic edamame (frozen and thawed)
1 small ripe avocado 
1/2 tbsp white onion, roughly chopped
Juice of two limes
3/4 cup cilantro 
1/2 tsp chipotle powder
Pinch of sea salt 
Freshly ground white pepper

Instructions
Pulse edamame, avocado, onion, lime juice, cilantro, and chipotle powder in food processor until smooth.

Add 1-2 tbsps water for a creamier consistency. Pulse again. 

Transfer to a bowl, and finish with a sprinkle of sea salt and grind of white pepper.


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Photo: Courtesy of Crunchy Radish.
Caramelized Onion Dip
Makes 3 Cups

Ingredients
3 onions, halved and thinly sliced
1 tbsp coconut oil or olive oil 
1 1/2 cups fat-free Greek or Icelandic yogurt 
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce 
1 tbsp parsley
1/4 tsp onion powder
White pepper

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Instructions
1. In a large skillet, melt the oil. Add the onions, and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until golden brown, about 25 minutes. 

2. Add 2 tbsp water to deglaze the pan, stir until all the water has evaporated. 

3. Let the onions cool. Transfer caramelized onions to a cutting board and roughly chop. 

4. In a bowl, mix together the yogurt, parsley, onion powder, and Worcestershire sauce. Stir in chopped onions, and season with pepper. 

5. Serve at room temperature. 
Photo: Courtesy of Crunchy Radish.
Roasted Garlic and White Bean Dip
Serves 4

Ingredients
1 14-oz BPA-free and sodium-free can white beans, drained, and rinsed
1 head garlic, roasted
Juice of 1 lemon 
2 tbsp olive oil 
1 tbsp of parsley leaves, chopped
5 black olives, thinly sliced
5 cherry tomatoes, chopped
Salt and pepper

Instructions
1. In a food processor, combine the beans, roasted garlic, and lemon juice.

2. With the motor running, drizzle in the olive oil and process until smooth. 

3. Transfer to a bowl, finish with a pinch of salt, a grind of pepper, and garnish with olives, parsley, and tomatoes. 
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