Healthy Super Bowl Snacks to Wow Your Guests!

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Serve Healthy Snacks for Your Super Bowl Party!

Move Over Corn Chips, Make Room for Healthy Super Bowl Snacks

Ana Goldseker turned to nutrition because she was overweight, low energy, and depressed most of the time. Today, she is the Nutritional Director of Nava Health and Vitality Center (NAVA) in Columbia, and Chevy Chase, Maryland. She changed her diet to achieve weight loss, yet still struggled with low energy.

“When we started NAVA, the idea was to bring a multi-disciplinary approach to patient care. I am a case in point. Another health provider at NAVA conducted a blood panel test which revealed I had a genetic abnormality. My body was not able to methylize Vitamin B.”

Today, Ana takes Vitamin B supplement in a methylized form, and bingo, her bounce is back.

Are You Game to Try Healthy Super Bowl Snacks?

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Ana Goldseker shares her Super Bowl healthy snacks!

For those of you striving to change your diet for the better, Ana offers these tips:

Special occasions (like the Super Bowl, birthdays, holidays) cause us to overindulge. Processed snacks like chips and dips, pizza, melted cheese dips, finger food, tend to rock our healthy regime. A disconnect happens on these special occasions because we don’t notice, but our bodies do!

Rather than go to a sudden extreme, serve a few of Ana’s healthy super bowl snacks alongside the store-bought snacks your family and friends enjoy. In her experience, the healthy recipe will be gobbled up first!

Ana offers HartkeisOnline readers some yummy alternatives to help make the Super Bowl snack time healthier, yet, still as tasty and satisfying as your family deserves. Here is one healthy super bowl snack I can’t wait to try (click on the above link to see the others!):

Baked Carrot Fries

Ingredients:

6 large carrots
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp Celtic sea salt

Directions:

Cut each carrot into 2-inch long sections.
Cut each section into thin sticks.
In a large bowl, toss carrot sticks with olive oil and salt.
Spread out carrot sticks on a parchment paper lined baked sheet.
Bake at 425 degrees for 18 to 22 minutes until carrots are browned.
Let cool and serve.

Notes about recipe:

Preheat oven to desired temperature before you put in vegetables. Try with other root veggies, too. Don’t over oil. Ana puts her thumb over top of oil bottle, for a light drizzle over the vegetables. Ana says that clay bakeware produces fabulous results with this recipe, so pull out your pizza stone if you have one! Put it on a cookie sheet with a rim, to catch any escaping fries!

Substitutions:

I plan to make this recipe using our new Pink Himalayan Salt Stone. So, I will be eliminating the celtic sea salt.

Try this recipe with other root vegetables, Ana has successfully made this recipe with both turnips and parsnips.

A word about Oils

Ana believes, “our over consumption of cheap oils is the downfall of the American diet. Processed, refined, heat treated oils are degraded, making them toxic and rancid. Researchers have linked these heat treated oils to cancer.”

“Substandard oils in widespread use in North America create inflammation, make you hold weight,” according to Ana.

Check out some of Ana’s other Healthy Superbowl Recipes. You’ll notice a few are made with coconut oil. Coconut oil has a more pronounced taste, but it can be used in recipes with lots of spices that mask the coconut flavor. Ana says, Coconut oil is healthful because it is an anti-viral, anti-fungal oil. It raises metabolism and helps weight loss. What she likes most about it is that it is really satisfying oil. Great for weight loss and to avoid food cravings.

Always look for unrefined oil. Organic oil.

Some examples are sesame, olive, and coconut oil. They are good for cooking because they have higher smoking points than vegetable oils.

Vegetable oils are source of oxidants in American diets. Perhaps that is why we hear so much about the need for antioxidants? Other sources of denatured oils are salad dressings, and roasted nuts. Roasting, according to Ana, destroys the Omega 3 fats in the nuts, leaving the less desirable omega 6 fats.

The NAVA Health & Vitality Center’s typical client is the over age 40 individual looking for wellness. In fact, someone just like Ana used to be: tired, low energy, depressed. The wide range of health disciplines under one umbrella, enables the NAVA Center to offer clients a holistic approach. The different health practitioners can confer on cases and form a wellness team to help clients get to optimum health without added stress. For more information, visit NAVA Center.

Kimberly Hartke blogs about health and wellness at HartkeisOnline.com.

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