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A Fit February Super Bowl

February 4, 2011

 

You’re ambling through the grocery store, shopping for snacks for Superbowl Sunday and POW, just like that the hunger pangs start to grow and your so hungry you could eat a frozen pizza.  Walls of processed, fluorescent colored triangles and squiggly do-s, brown, creme filled sponges and sugary-chemical drinks start to close in on you and suddenly, you feel the room start to spin and your hands quiver.  What’s a Fit Foody to do? 

Whether you’re getting ready for game day,  chasing your kids across the park or bounding around the country chasing down clients, keeping your snack attacks from an all-out battle of the binge can be a challenge. To avoid completely sabotaging your diet or suffering a melt down, put down the ding dongs and class up game day.

1)  Put a Skewer In It:  The Big Game doesn’t have to be host of a junk food fest.  Just put a stick in it and you’re done.  Chop up bite size carrots, broccoli spears, celery sticks and radishes and skewer them for a portable treat.  Create a ‘Super Bowl’ of cut fruit and offer toothpicks with a side dip of plain lowfat Greek yogurt mixed with a spoonful of honey.  Spray EAT CLEANER Fruit + Vegetable Wash on fruit and veggies to help them stay fresher, longer.  For your protein, try our yummy Marinated shrimp skewer recipe, below.  You can substitute chicken, tofu or tri tip.

2)  Crunchy Munchies: Food Should Taste This Good is the name of the brand and we love these better-for-you chips when you need a crunchy fix.  Food Should Taste This Good Multi-grain tortilla chips are made with flax, sunflower and sesame seeds so they come with functional benefits.  Flavors like Olive and Jalapeno appeal to your worldly tastebuds while Chocolate and Cinnamon satisfy a sweet tooth.  Pretzel Crisps are a tasty, thin, all-natural flat-baked pretzel and the world’s first spreadable pretzel cracker.  At only 110 calories per serving with no trans fats, saturated fat, or cholesterol, they’re packed with fiber and flavor that can handle the dip or stand alone on their own. Deli Style, available in the deli section of stores of course, and Modern Classic varieties.  Savory and sweet varieties include Sesame, Garlic Parmesan, Tuscan Three Cheese and Cinnamon Toast (yum, it’s like a churro but without the guilt). 

3) Dip it – Give your full fat spinach dip and cheese whiz a time out.  Opt for tomato and onion salsa, cannellini bean dip made with a little olive oil and basil, or a lowfat yogurt dip seasoned with cucumber and lemon.  You can skinny up your spinach dip with nonfat sour cream, fresh  spinach and a little hot sauce for a kick without calories.
4) Happy Endings: We’re not all saints, so sometimes, you gotta give in to your sweet tooth.  But cookies and cake can pack a whopping 400+ calories!  All natural Vitalicious VitaTops taste like an indulgence.  Deep Chocolate, Dark Chocolate Pomegranate, Apple Crumb and Banana Fudge are just a few of the fantabulous flavors. At just 100 calories and a gram and a half of fat, you can warm em up, and top them with a little non-fat whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon and voila – a delish dessert for under 120 calories!  Plus they contain 9 grams of fiber 4 grams of protein.  SCORE!
Grilled Rosemary Shrimp and Tomato Skewers
This is shrimp with some big flavor.  If you make the marinade in advance, cook time is only about 6 minutes. A little indulgence that you can afford when made at home.
 
1/4 cup finely chopped garlic
1 teaspoon coarse salt
2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary leaves plus sprigs for garnish
3 tablespoons olive oil plus oil for brushing shrimp
2 lbs shrimp  (Wild caught is best; clean any debris or traces of STPP with EAT CLEANER Seafood + Poultry Wash)
Basked of grape tomatoes (wash with EAT CLEANER Fruit + Vegetable Wash)
12-inch bamboo skewers, pre-soaked for 30 minutes
Lemon wedges 
 
Mash garlic and salt together in large bowl. Mix together with minced rosemary, and oil and add shrimp. Let stand, covered in refrigerator for at least 4 hours. Soak skewers in water for at least 30 minutes. Preheat grill. Place 4 shrimp on each skewer. Brush with oil. Grill for about 3  minutes on each side, or until just cooked through. Makes 7-8 skewers. 
 

It's the anti-diet...just a way of life

So you forgot your January resolutions.  It’s Fit February.  Eat Cleaner, Get Leaner with  Us for a Lifetime. What does it mean to Eat Cleaner? It’s not a diet.  That’s a 4-letter word.   It’s a lifestyle and a balanced approach to food – from its nutritional content to how it’s prepared – bringing you better health, one bite at a time.  At the end of the day, it’s the quality and quantity that count. When you cut the junk and chemicals, amazing things happen.  Join us here each day this month on our blog and our Facebook page for a Fit Tip that will keep you hungry for more.

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