You might be trying to hang on to that new year’s resolution when the Super Bowl throws a gigantic road block on your avenue of health and fitness. Wings, layers of dips, cheese on top of everything, and beer abound. It’s so hard to say no. This game day bet on yourself and stack the odds in your favor.
Create a spread that is entirely paleo or completely gluten free, aim for clean recipes. Find a vegan chili recipe that can live in a crock pot for a warm relief. Go for a veggie platter with hummus instead of cheese and crackers. Make a paleo sweet treat and top with fresh fruit.
We know there are some game day staples you just won’t want to give up. We found the clean recipes for the usual suspects at thegraciouspantry.com.
Clean Eating Spinach Dip (Makes approximately 6 cups)
1 (16 oz.) container low-fat cottage cheese, 10 oz. container frozen spinach thawed , 8 oz. can water chestnuts, chopped fine, 2 tbsp. onion powder , 1 tsp. dried parsley, 2 tsp. garlic powder , 1/2 tsp. salt
Step 1 – Using a blender, blend the cottage cheese until it is smooth and creamy.
Step 2 – Put the cottage cheese in a large mixing bowl, and add all other ingredients. Stir well.
Nutritional Content 1 serving = 1/2 cup
Calories: 64 Total Fat: 1 gm Saturated Fats: 1 gm Trans Fats: 0 gm Cholesterol: 3 mg Sodium: 151 mg Carbohydrates: 7 gm Dietary fiber: 1 gm Sugars: 1 gm Protein: 6 gm Estimated Glycemic Load: 4
Pair with Food Should Taste Good Flaxseed crackers for clean and gluten free
Clean Eating Turkey Chili
(Makes approximately 10 cup – freezes well for up to 6 months)
• 1 tablespoon olive or avocado oil
• 1 large red onion, chopped
• 1 large green bell pepper, chopped
• 6 cloves garlic, diced
• 1 1/2 pounds lean ground turkey meat
• 4 tablespoons ground cumin
• 1 teaspoon ground coriander
• 1 tablespoon chili powder
• 3 cups fresh tomatoes, diced
• 1 vegetable bouillon cube, dissolved in 1 cup of water (gluten free if needed)
• 1 (6 ounce) can of tomato paste
• 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans
• 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce, no sugar added (optional)
1.In a large soup pot, sauté the red onion, bell pepper and garlic cloves in the oil.
2.Once the onions are translucent, stir in the turkey meat. Continue to stir until the meat is cooked.
3.Stir in cumin, coriander and chili powder.
4.Pour in the water with the dissolved bouillon cube.
5.Add the tomatoes, tomato past and beans.
6.Keep at a low and steady boil for about 5-10 minutes to allow the spices to really absorb.
7.If you find the chili is to thick or dry, add the can of tomato sauce.
8.Cool and serve.
Nutritional Content: (Data is for approximately 1 cup)
Calories:208 Total Fat: 7 gm Saturated Fats: 2 gm Trans Fats: 0 gm Cholesterol: 54 mg Sodium: 200 mg Carbohydrates: 19 gm Dietary fiber: 6 gm Sugars: 6 gm Protein: 18 gm Estimated Glycemic Load: 6
Clean Eating Spicy Buffalo Wings
(Makes 8 servings – 1/2 lb. ea.)
Sauce Ingredients: 1 cup Frank’s Hot Sauce (or any clean hot sauce you like, low sodium is best), 1 tbsp. olive oil , 1 tbsp. garlic powder , 1 tbsp onion powder, 1/2 cup honey (if you prefer a less spicy wing) or 1/4 cup (if you prefer a more spicy wing), 2 tsp. molasses, 1 tsp. paprika, 1/2 cup clean BBQ sauce (optional – I didn’t use any, but it would be a nice addition)
Chicken Ingredients : 4 lbs. chicken wings, 2 tbsp. olive oil , 1 tbsp. garlic powder , 1 tbsp. onion powder
~ Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Step 1 – If you purchased your wings frozen, be sure to allow ample time for them to defrost.
Step 2 – Line a large casserole dish (you may need 2 dishes depending on the size you have) with foil. You will be wrapping the chicken completely in foil, so allow enough to completely cover the chicken all the way around.
Step 3 – Place your wings in the foil and be sure they are single layered.
Step 4 – Pour the oil over the chicken and mix the chicken in the dish to completely coat it with the oil.
Step 5 – Sprinkle the chicken generously with garlic powder and onion powder. The given measurements are only suggestions. You could certainly use more or less if you like.
Step 6 – Pack the foil around the chicken so that it is sealed on all sides.
Step 7 – Bake in oven for 50 minutes.
Step 8 – While the chicken bakes, combine all sauce ingredients in a medium mixing bowl with a whisk. (Be sure to whisk again just before pouring over your chicken.)
Step 9 – Remove the wings from the oven, open the foil (don’t burn yourself with steam), and pour off any liquid in the bottom of the foil.
Step 10 – Pour your sauce over the chicken.
Step 11 – Turn your oven to broil.
Step 12 – Place the chicken back in the oven UNcovered, for 10 minutes. Watch the wings carefully. If they need to be removed in less than 10 minutes, do so. You just want to brown them a bit and get the sauce to sear just slightly on to the meat.
Step 13 – Remove from oven, allow to cool and place in a serving dish, being sure to pour any sauce left behind in the dish over the chicken.
Regular wings with skin and bone
Calories: 583 Total Fat: 37 gm Saturated Fats: 10 gm Trans Fats: 0 gm Cholesterol: 172 mg Sodium: 1365 mg Carbohydrates: 19 gm Dietary fiber: 0 gm Sugars: 18 gm Protein: 41 gm Estimated Glycemic Load: 11