SUPER BOWL SUNDAY: Recipe for Loaded Nachos (without the guilt)
By Doris Dahdouh
The Super Bowl has become a huge part of American culture. A lot of people look forward to this day for the game, the commercials and the festivities. It has easily become one of the most popular party days in the United States with some game-goer’s even deeming it a “holiday.”
And as you know, with holidays come excess alcohol and food, often things we don’t typically indulge in on a regular basis. Many people wait all year for this social gathering, not just to watch the big game, but to enjoy the many yummy treats it’s sure to provide. Unfortunately, a lot of these treats are unhealthy and can easily distract you from your path to healthy eating.
But you do not have to throw in the towel! You can be successful if you go into your Super Bowl party with a game plan. Pun intended.
First and foremost, nourish your body with plenty of healthy eats and drink plenty of water before your Super Bowl party. This way you are not hungry and end up overindulging when you arrive to the party, or throughout the night while watching the game.
Second, avoid hanging out by any tables where food and alcohol are laid out. People tend to overeat and drink incessantly while chatting when food and alcohol is around them. Try your very best to avoid anything that is overly processed, sugary and filled with gluten. If you’re over 21, limit your alcohol intake by half of what you normally consume and commit to having a glass of water between beverages.
Third, bring a healthier dish alternative so that you have options. Have healthy alternatives, whether you are hosting a Super Bowl party or attending one by bringing something homemade or from a health foods market. This way, you have no excuses to eat solely the unhealthy options that are sure to be available. Also, sharing your yummy – and healthy – dish may inspire others to make healthier choices at the same time. It’s a “win-win” situation!
Below you will find a healthier recipe for loaded nachos that are sure to be a hit!
Organic Loaded Nachos
- 1 bag organic blue corn tortilla chips
- organic refried beans, cooked (recipe below)
- organic guacamole (recipe below)
- organic homemade salsa (recipe below)
- 1 organic large cucumber, shredded
- 1 organic small red onion, chopped
- 1 handful organic cilantro, chopped for a garnish on top (optional)
- Place chips on a large serving tray, then layer each ingredient on top, in the order above. And voilà! That’s it! (optional: sprinkle with nutritional yeast for a “cheesy” flavor, chock-full of nutrients!)
Organic Refried Beans Recipe
- ½ cup organic pinto
- ½ cup black beans
- half an onion
- 1 Tbs. fresh organic minced garlic
- 1 Tbs. of organic extra virgin olive oil
- Soak ½ cup organic pinto and ½ cup black beans overnight in cool water.
- Place beans in a medium or large pot with fresh water and half an onion.
- Let boil for 2 hours, or until beans are soft.
- Place cooked beans in a strainer, remove onion and set aside.
- In a large frying pan, sauté 1 Tbs. fresh organic minced garlic in 1 Tbs. of organic extra virgin olive oil for 1-2 minutes over medium heat.
- Add beans, 1 tsp cumin powder, ½ tsp coriander, sea salt and pepper to taste and stir until mixed well.
- Turn the heat off and set aside.
- Get a fork, potato masher, or electric hand blender and mix until the beans are evenly mashed.
Organic Guacamole Recipe
- 1 medium sized organic avocado, mashed
- 1 medium organic tomato, diced
- 1 handful of freshly chopped organic cilantro
- 1 small organic red onion, diced
- juice from a ½ medium sized organic lime
- sea salt and pepper to taste
- In a medium sized bowl, mix all the ingredients.
Organic Homemade Salsa Recipe
- 1-2 medium sized organic beef steak tomatoes, diced
- 1 handful thoroughly washed organic cilantro, chopped
- ½ an organic small red onion, chopped
- juice from ½ an organic lime
- a pinch of cayenne pepper (or more, depending on how spicy you like it)
- sea salt and pepper to taste
- In a medium sized bowl, place the ingredients above.
- Mash and mix with a fork, potato masher, or electric hand blender.
Doris Dahdouh has a Master’s Degree in social work and has helped counsel children and help families since 2001. In 2012, she became very ill due to a hormonal imbalance and autoimmune disorder. Doris was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) many years ago and was treated with mainstream medicine which did not help her. She hit rock bottom before finding refuge in holistic living, by juicing, going gluten free and eating clean, organic, whole foods. Over the past couple of years, Doris has educated herself on a healthy lifestyle by reading information by Dr. Joel Furhman, Drew Canole, Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Josh Axe, Vani Hari (a.k.a. Food Babe) and more.
Doris is enrolled to become a certified health coach with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is very excited to help others achieve their best by combining her psychoanalytic skills and what she hopes to learn in the health coaching certification program. With a heart for others, she is eager to continue assisting as many people as possible towards optimal health.
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