It’s time for the Super Bowl and that means a party. You’ve made it this far with your New Year’s resolution to eat healthier foods, now you must make it past the party infamous for chips, pizza, wings and beer. Before giving the party’s menu a total makeover, take a closer look at what you have planned for the big day. You may find after making small changes, there are plenty of healthier foods ready to put on their party hat.
Nuts, such as almonds, pistachios, and walnuts are a good alternative to BBQ wings as they are high in protein, fiber, and unsaturated fat that lowers cholesterol. Walnuts have omega 3 fatty acids that help keep your heart healthy. Unsalted nuts will limit sodium (salt) adding more heart health benefit. For the more adventurous, make chips from beets in place of bags of chips which is high in fat and salt. Remove the skin from the beets, slice very thin, toss in oil, and roast in a 375F oven for 15 minutes or until crisp. A yogurt dip with cilantro, dill or garlic will work well with the chips. Want to stick to a favorite? Try homemade salsa. It’s easy, healthy and you can find most of the ingredients at the local farmer’s market.
Salsa is all about the tomatoes. Canned tomatoes or those found in the grocery store’s produce aisle will do the trick. If you are looking for a farm fresh tomato grown in our area during the peak winter months, you can find that too. The Shushan Valley Hydro Farm is a hydroponic farm in Washington County that, instead of soil, uses nutrient fortified water to grow their crops in climate controlled houses. Vines of vegetables grow vertically stretching up to the ceiling. The farm produces tomatoes, cucumbers, a variety of lettuces and herbs all using hydroponic farming methods.