Even if you’re not a football fan, it’s easy to get sucked into game day celebrations with family and friends. Chances are if you’re around the usual calorie- and fat-ridden Super Bowl favorites, you might be tempted to nosh a little.
With New Year’s resolutions well underway, and SpaFinder’s Wellness Week™ coming, we wanted to share with you some healthy recipes from David Kirsch that are both delicious and manage to stay true to the essence of the Super Bowl cuisine.
Guiltless Barbecue Burgers, Non-Fat Hummus, Turkey Chili
David Kirsch, celebrity personal trainer and wellness guru, has incorporated his lifestyle philosophy – achieving mind, body and spirit balance – into his three best-selling books featuring healthy, delicious recipes and energizing workouts.
Not only are Kirsch’s healthy recipes below a great fit for Super Bowl Sunday, they can be great to prepare for a meal at home, or for any other type of party or gathering.
NO-FAT HUMMUS (SERVES 2)
Serve this as a snack with celery, whole-grain crackers, or cucumber. For more zip, add more cayenne or a few drops of hot pepper sauce.
1½ cups cooked or canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained ¼ tsp ground cumin
¼ cup non-fat plain yogurt ¼ tsp ground cayenne
1 tbsp chopped parsley ¼ cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1 tbsp minced garlic
1. In a food processor, combine all ingredients.
2. Process until well blended.
3. Use immediately, or refrigerate up to 3 hours.
Nutrition information per serving: 227 calories, 12 g protein, 40 g carbohydrate, 3 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 10 g fiber, 4 g sugar
GUILTLESS BARBECUE BURGERS (SERVES 2)
Red meat need not come loaded with saturated fat. Buffalo meat tastes just as delicious as beef, but it comes much leaner. Because of its leanness, it cooks quicker as well.
4 oz. lean ground buffalo meat 2 tbsp low-sugar, low-sodium barbecue sauce
4 oz. lean ground turkey breast 2 egg whites, lightly beaten
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce Non-fat vegetable cooking spray
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
1. Mix all of the ingredients except the cooking spray in a large bowl.
2. Form the mixture into two patties.
3. Spray a barbecue grill or nonstick skillet with cooking spray, and heat to medium-high heat.
4. Place the patties on grill or skillet, and cook about 8 minutes per side (for medium), until cooked through.
Nutrition information per serving: 185 calories, 33 g protein, 8 g carbohydrate, 3 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, .5 g fiber, 4 g sugar
TURKEY CHILI (SERVES 4)
Double this recipe and make a big pot of the stuff at the beginning of the week. Whenever you are rushed and don’t have time to prepare a more elaborate lunch or dinner, serve up some leftovers. Chili always tastes better the second time around.
Non-fat cooking spray 2 tsp chili powder
1 pound lean ground turkey 1 tsp paprika
Salt 1 tsp ground cumin
Pepper ⅛ tsp ground cayenne
1 cup peeled and grated carrot 1 14.5-oz. can chopped plum tomato in juice
⅔ cup chopped onion ½ cup low-fat, low-sodium chicken broth
⅔ cup chopped celery 1 bay leaf
1 clove garlic, minced
1. Heat a 3-quart nonstick saucepan over high heat and coat with cooking spray.
2. Add the turkey, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, breaking up the turkey into pieces, until browned.
3. Remove to a bowl, and cover with foil to keep warm.
4. Reduce the heat to low, and add the carrot, onion, celery, and garlic. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes, until the vegetables begin to soften.
5. Add the chili powder, paprika, cumin, and cayenne. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
6. Increase the heat to medium, and add the tomato, stock, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil over high heat.
7. Reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer for 15 minutes, covered.
8. Add the browned turkey, and simmer for 5 minutes more.
9. Remove and discard the bay leaf before serving.
Nutrition information per serving: 240 calories, 23 g protein, 15 g carbohydrate, 10 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 4 g fiber, 8 g sugar