Super Bowl weekend is dead ahead and your ready to hang out with friends, do some munching, and have a few drinks to celebrate the NFL championship. Grilling some meat is the typical USA standard for the game, but you’ve made a resolution to eat right and lose weight this year. No worries! There’s plenty of healthy snacks you can stuff your face with in a guilt free manner! And yes there are some drinks you can consume with your friends that will keep you within your boundaries! I’m Dallas Chambers, and I’ll be your guide to eating healthy during the Super Bowl.

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    Edamame Beans

    We’ll start with something simple that you can get at any grocery store. Edamame Beans are a form of soybean that you can find in the frozen section of United Supermarkets or Wal-Mart. They’re rich in carbohydrates, protein, omega-3, folic acid and other good things your body needs. The United States Department of Agriculture states that Edamame beans are "a soybean that can be eaten fresh and are best known as a snack with a nutritional punch".

    You’ll need: A Bag of Edamame beans, sea salt (or kosher salt) and cling wrap.

    Once you have your ingredients, portion out the beans by the cup and sprinkle a pinch of sea salt on them, then put some cling wrap over them and just microwave for a minute or so and they are all good to go! You don’t even have to do that; you can eat them right out of the bag after they’ve thawed. Either way, you’re ingesting a healthy snack that’s nutritional and packed with the things your body needs to keep you on the right track eating healthy and losing weight.

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    Ants On A Log

    Get back to your childhood this weekend with Ants on a Log! A fun snack that moms all across the country made for they’re children as an after school snack and can be found on many vegetable trays in houses all over the nation on Super Bowl day. If you don’t know what Ants on a Log are, allow me.

    You’ll need: 1-2 heads of celery, raisins, low-fat peanut butter.

    After the ingredients are gathered you can start preparation. Rinse your celery heads and separate the stalks and discard the leftovers. Cut your celery stalks into sections about 3 inches long. Take your low-fat peanut butter and a table spoon and spread about a table spoon into the cut celery stalks. Then sprinkle with 6-8 raisins per cut stalk. Once you’ve put the raisins on it, the name becomes obvious. You’ll notice it actually kind of looks like ants on a log. It tastes good and is really good for you! Did you know celery is actually a negative calorie food? Meaning it takes more calories to digest it then the calories you are taking in by eating them. Talk about a bonus right!? The low-fat peanut butter packs a high level of monounsaturated fats, protein, vitamins B & E, magnesium, and has high levels of antioxidants. The raisins also contain antioxidants, are low in sodium and have no cholesterol at all, but they are kind of high in sugars, giving them that sweet taste. It’s a good/natural sugar, but it’s still sugar, just don’t go overboard with your raisins and everything will be just fine. And if you’re anything like me, the first bite will send you back to your childhood seeing your mom in the kitchen with a smile on her face. You just can’t beat that!

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    I know your thinking there is no such thing as a health quesadilla but alas there is! It’s all about the ingredients your using and there are many ways to make a healthy quesadilla you just have to follow the rules to keep it healthy.

    You’ll need: 1 package of wheat tortillas, 1 can black beans, 1-2 avocados, low-fat or no-fat cheese if you can find it.

    Don’t stray away from the ingredients listed as this one can go bad really fast! You have to be strict and use exactly what I listed to keep it low calorie, low-fat, and of course, healthy!

    The wheat tortilla doesn’t contain the bleach you find in white tortillas, that’s important keep that bleach out of your system! Refined grain products made from white flour are stripped of essential nutrients needed for good health.

    Black beans have digestive track benefits, promote cardiovascular health and are good for the nervous system! They are very high in fiber, folate, protein, and antioxidants, along with numerous other vitamins and minerals.

    Avocados are like a wonder food with many benefits ranging from healthy skin to healthy cholesterol levels. Plus they are high in potassium and vitamins B, E & K.

    Now that I’ve explained to you why we must stick with the listed ingredients, let’s go through the simple process of making the quesadillas. Start by heating your black beans in a pan on your stove. While this is happening, skin and slice up your avocado(s). Take your wheat tortilla and on half of it, sprinkle a very light amount of cheese (for this, I will suggest going by the serving size listed on the cheese you bought, this can be found right at the top of the nutritional facts listed on your cheese). Then add some avocado to it, enough that you’ll get a little in pretty much every bite. Your beans should be heated, add about 2 table spoons on top of the ingredients already on your tortilla. Fold it in half and heat it through to melt the cheese and other ingredients together. You can heat it in the microwave if you must, but I suggest using a flat griddle, if you don’t have one you can use a large pan on your stove top. Throw it on, heat the first side, flip it and heat the other side, your looking at about 3-5 minutes of heating through. Then you can serve the way you pulled it off the stove or you can cut it up like pizza for a delicious/healthy finger food.

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    What would a Super Bowl party be without chips! Chips complete the snack ring, but they are so bad for you, they really are a junk food in every sense of the word. But again, there are ways around the junk food, plenty of options you can use for Super Bowl snacks! Many chips are already available at the grocery store. There are baked chips, a whole shelf of low-fat and low-calorie chips and there are even kettle cooked sweet potato chips you can buy. A ton of variety and flavors out there, from BBQ to salt & pepper, you can find something. Or you can make your own! I’ll keep this one simple and we’ll make salt & pepper sweet potato chips.

    You’ll need: 3-4 sweet potatoes (just depends on the amount of people that will be eating on them), olive oil, sea salt and black pepper (preferably the peppercorn grinder that you can find on the spice isle).

    Start by heating your olive oil, you can use a deep fryer but if you don’t have one, just use a large sauce pan to heat the olive oil with your stove top on high heat. While the oil is heating, rinse and thinly slice your sweet potatoes. Now that your potatoes are all sliced up and ready, start by placing small amounts into the heated oil. This can get messy, that’s why you should start small. From here, your simply going to brown your sweet potato slices in the oil. Once you’ve achieved the browning, you can pull them out (they should be a little crispy, if they are soggy they aren’t done). Place them on a plate that has a paper towel on it. This will help soak up the extra olive oil on the chips, but before it’s too late you need to add the salt & pepper. Do this just to taste, but try not to go to heavy on the salt. You’ll be surprised at how a little bit of sea salt goes a long way!

    Sweet potatoes are a great source of potassium and magnesium. They also contain vitamins B, C & D. They contain iron, and natural sugars giving them a sweet taste and giving you a regular source of energy, and a great snack for your Super Bowl party!

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    What would the world be without pizza? I can’t even imagine, but I can imagine a world that eats a more healthy pizza. For this, you have to rely on yourself as there really aren’t many options for a healthy pizza out there. You can find a few in the frozen section, but why not just make them yourself that way you know your getting the healthiest option out there. Myself, I like this black bean and nacho cheese pizza recipe I found online. I’ve made this a million times and it never get’s old. But it is a little time consuming so let’s get started!

    You’ll need: 1 cup canned black beans – rinsed, 1/2 cup chopped jarred roasted red peppers, 1 medium clove garlic – quartered, 1 tablespoon chili powder, 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, Yellow cornmeal (for dusting), 1 pound easy whole-wheat pizza dough or other prepared dough, 1 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese, 2 medium plum tomatoes – diced, 4 medium scallions - thinly sliced, 1/4 cup chopped pitted ripe black olives, 2 tablespoons chopped pickled jalapeños.

    For this dish I’ve always followed the directions to the T, so I will be giving the directions given on

    Preparation 1.Preheat grill to low. (For charcoal grilling or an oven variation, see below.) 2.Place beans, peppers, garlic, chili powder and salt in a food processor and process until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed. 3.Sprinkle cornmeal onto a pizza peel or large baking sheet. Roll out the dough (see Tip) and transfer it to the prepared peel or baking sheet, making sure the underside of the dough is completely coated with cornmeal. 4.Slide the crust onto the grill rack; close the lid. Cook until lightly browned, 3 to 4 minutes. 5.Using a large spatula, flip the crust. Spread the bean mixture on the crust, leaving a 1-inch border. Quickly layer on cheese, tomatoes, scallions, olives and pickled jalapeños. 6.Close the lid again and grill until the cheese has melted and the bottom of the crust has browned, about 8 minutes. Tips & Notes •Tip: To roll out pizza dough: When you're ready to get your pizzas on the grill, turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Dust the top with flour; dimple with your fingertips to shape into a thick, flattened circle—don't worry if it's not perfectly symmetrical. Then use a rolling pin to roll into a circle about 14 inches in diameter. •Variations: •Pizza on a charcoal grill: Light 6 quarts (about 1 large chimney starter full) of charcoal and burn until the coals are mostly white, about 20 minutes. Spread the coals in an even layer. Place a grate over the coals. Let the coals burn until they are about medium-low. (Grill any toppings for the pizza while the coals are burning down.) To test the heat, hold your palm about 5 inches above the grill rack; if you can hold it there for about 8 seconds before you need to move it away, the fire is medium-low. Transfer the crust to the grill rack, cover the grill and cook the crust, checking once or twice, until lightly browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip the crust, quickly add the toppings, cover the grill and cook until the toppings are hot and the bottom of the crust has browned, 5 to 8 minutes. If your crust browns faster than your toppings are cooking, slide a baking sheet under the pizza to keep the crust from burning while the toppings finish. •Pizza in the oven: Place a pizza stone on the lowest rack; preheat oven to 450°F for at least 20 minutes. Roll out the dough and place on a cornmeal-dusted pizza peel or inverted baking sheet, using enough cornmeal so that the dough slides easily. Slide the dough onto the preheated stone and cook until the bottom begins to crisp, about 3 minutes. Remove the crust from the oven using a large spatula and place it uncooked-side down on the peel or baking sheet, making sure the underside of the crust is completely coated with cornmeal. Quickly add the toppings and slide the pizza back onto the stone. Continue baking until the toppings are hot and the bottom of the crust has browned, 12 to 15 minutes. •Individual variation: •The dough can be turned into 4 or 6 personal-size pizzas. After kneading, divide the dough into 4 or 6 equal balls. Brush with oil and place 3 inches apart on a baking sheet. Cover and set aside until doubled in size, about 1 hour. Roll each portion into a 6-to-8-inch circle.

    Get this; each serving is only 317 calories! You are also getting 14g of protein per serving, it’s low sodium and a good source of fiber with only about 2 and a half servings of carbs! It’s tasty and good for you! This is a win/win and if you’re serving it to guests, they’ll never ever suspect that you’re feeding them something healthy! Sneak this snack in this Sunday and surprise your guests after they’ve stuffed they’re faces!

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    Alcoholic Beverages

    Hey it’s the big game; you’re going to want a big drink right? This combination has kept me sane through my weight loss and it’s the easiest to make. Bacardi & diet coke will get you tipsy and it’s low calorie and carbohydrates as well. Superior Rum Bacardi boasts a serving of 65 calories, 0 fat and 0 carbs. It’s really hard to get away from sugars in alcoholic drinks because most of them are made with sugar. But to counter act that, you’re using diet coke (or coke zero). A beverage with 0 calories, 0 carbs and 0 sugars! It doesn’t take a genius to figure this one out.

    You’ll need: Bacardi Superior Rum, diet coke (or coke zero) and ice.

    You should be able to figure this one out on your own, but just in case you can’t, allow me. Take a cup, put some ice in it, put some Bacardi in it, put some diet coke in it, and then stir it. It’s almost idiot proof, but the effects are the exact opposite! It sucks to be at a party and have to be sober because of your diet. This one just kind of bends the rules a little bit. Enjoy a great drink, get the buzz you want and do it without guilt!


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