Staying Healthy Through Tailgating Season

by Rachelle on September 3, 2014

With the football season upon us, you don’t necessarily have to sacrifice healthy eating, for some quality appetizers, snacks and desserts. You will find that it takes some creativity to avoid simply buying over processed foods, snacks that are full of sugar and salt, and greasy meats. Here is a tasty 3 course meal idea that just might win over family:

Appetizer: Zucchini Boats

Yield: 6 two-piece servings, 51 calories per serving

Ingredients

  • 3 zucchinis
  • 1 cup tightly packed basil leaves
  • 1 clove minced garlic (or half teaspoon garlic powder)
  • 1/4 cup grated carrot
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz.) fat-free ricotta cheese
  • 1/8 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450° F.
  2. Wash each zucchini thoroughly. Cut off the ends and then cut each one in half. Then cut each half lengthwise so you have 12 pieces of zucchini total.
  3. With a spoon or paring knife, scoop out the seeds and compost them, or use them to make soup broth. Place the zucchini boats on a lightly oiled cookie sheet.
  4. To make the filling, chop the basil and place it in a bowl with the garlic, grated carrot, ricotta, Parmesan, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Mix it thoroughly.
  5. Fill each boat with the creamy mixture. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the zucchini is tender.
  6. Serve warm and enjoy.

 

Main Course: Baked BBQ Wings

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds chicken drums and wings
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 6 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 10 crushed garlic cloves
  • 3/4 cup of your favorite hot sauce

Ingredients for blue cheese dip

  • 1 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese crumble
  • Garnish with scallions

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F, and lightly grease an oven pan.
  2. In a large bowl, generously season drums and wings with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  3. In a sauté pan over low heat, melt butter. Add thyme and garlic and allow to simmer for 3 minutes. Add hot sauce and stir.
  4. Pour entire mixture over chicken and toss to coat completely. Allow the wings to marinate in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
  5. Combine blue cheese and low-fat Greek yogurt in a small bowl. Mix well, and refrigerate.
  6. Transfer chicken to oven-proof baking dish and place in oven. Bake for 30 minutes; with tongs or a fork, flip and baste wings.
  7. Bake for another 25 minutes, occasionally basting wings while they’re in the oven.
  8. Remove pan from oven, and allow wings to slightly cool in pan. Baste with juices, and serve with blue cheese dip!

 

Dessert: Interception Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup of carob chips
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 Tablespoon of coconut oil

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°
  2. Mix peeled bananas, oats, coconut oils and salt in blender until smooth.
  3. Add coconut and carob chips to the mixture.
  4. Use a spoon to drop the dough on the cookie sheet that is lightly coated with non-stick spray, and press down slightly to flatten the cookie dough.
  5. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
Rachelle

Rachelle

Health Contributor at Creative Bioscience
Hi I'm Rachelle, or "Elle" for short. I am a busy body, but always been a plus sized kinda girl. I've learned that my curves are sexy, and I can feel good about how I look without looking like a stick! I'm a work-a-holic and stay as active as I can with lots of projects, so I have to prioritize my health choices. Working for Creative Bioscience has opened my eyes to what you can do to supplement your diet, and manage things in a natural way. The advances that are being made in the health arena are so exciting, and we are on the front lines bringing the best of the best. Rachelle's favorite product is hCG 1234
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