How to Throw a Superfood Super Bowl Party
How to Throw a Superfood Super Bowl Party
It’s that time of year. The NFL playoffs are kicking off and the Super Bowl is just around the corner. That means it’s time to get the party started, just remember to have a first-aid kit on hand.
If you are planning to host a Super Bowl party this year we have just the right idea for you to impress your guests. A delicious superfood menu that is sure to make a splash, while keeping everyone happy and healthy.
Superfoods like quinoa, blueberries, kale, chia, and broccoli, can arm your body with defenses while providing it essential energy and power. They are also known to possibly reduce the risk of cancer, lower cholesterol levels, improve metabolism, and aid your digestive system, while they can boost your immunity, improve your eye function, and thwart free radical damage.
What exactly are Superfoods?
Superfoods are mostly plant-based foods however you will find some fish and dairy groups that are considered superfoods as well. A food gets categorized as a superfood by being nutritionally dense and extremely beneficial to your health. Superfoods are low in calories and high in nutrients. Although health industry professionals, dieticians, and health gurus alike refer to certain foods as superfoods, it should be noted that technically there are no criteria by the USDA for a food to be termed or labeled as a superfood. Despina Hyde, a registered dietitian with the weight management program at NYU’s Langone Medical Center says, “Superfoods have extra-large doses of vitamins and minerals that can help us ward off diseases and live a longer, healthier life.” There are several important nutrients in superfoods like phytochemicals/flavonoids, healthy fats, fiber, and antioxidants; which provide you with clean energy, aid in digestion, and may help fight the signs of aging, among other benefits. Topping most superfood lists are blueberries.
- Blueberries are high in flavonoids, soluble fiber, and vitamins
- Quinoa is a rich source of vitamins and minerals, protein, antioxidants, and fiber
- Kale and Broccoli are both high in calcium, fiber and vitamins A, C, K, along with other minerals
- Beans and Whole Grains are a great source of soluble fiber which may lower cholesterol and can be good for bodyweight management. They are also full of vitamins and trace minerals like manganese, not to mention beans are a good source of low-fat protein
- Seeds and Nuts provide you with much needed healthy fats and a high level of minerals
- Salmon, Mackerel, and Sardines are an amazing source of Omega-3s which help with proper blood circulation and may lower the risk of stroke and heart disease and give energy to your brain
- Squash and Sweet Potatoes are great for vitamin A, fiber, calcium, and other minerals
- Pomegranate, Acai, Noni, and Dragon Fruit are nutrient dense with many anti-aging properties
- Kiwi, Berries, and Apples are loaded with age-fighting antioxidants and loaded with vitamin C. Kiwifruit is thought to produce serotonin and might even help with sleep disorders
- Green Tea contains catechins (EGCG) which reduce oxidative stress in the body
- Dark Chocolate is antioxidant-rich, may boost cognitive function and heart health
- Olives contain healthy monounsaturated fat that might increase good cholesterol and reduces the risk of atherosclerosis
- Chia Seeds provide fiber, calcium, and iron along with healthy fats possibly boosting your “good” cholesterol levels
Whether you are going big or small with your Super Bowl party doing it right with a great superfood menu is the way to go. Superfoods are a big hit these days and below are some of the best superfood dishes around. You’ll have everybody coming back for more next year with these amazing superfood recipes.
- Quinoa Salad with Red Pepper and Cilantro
Quinoa is one of the top superfoods stemming from a 7,000-year-old plant from South America. They call quinoa the “Ancient Grain”. This gluten-free complete protein is packed with nutrients and antioxidants.
First mix up the dressing of lime juice, cilantro, olive oil, cumin, salt, and mustard. Boil the quinoa for 20 minutes.
When you have this all ready to go place the rest of the ingredients in the bowl with the quinoa and pour the dressing over top. This meal is very tasty and will fill you up with nutrients and healthy calories.
2 cups of water
1 cup quinoa
1 tbsp mustard
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 juiced limes
1 tsp sea salt
1 cup chopped red peppers
1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
5 finely chopped green onions
1/4 cup fresh cilantro
1/2 cup red pepper flakes
Black pepper and salt to taste
- Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad
Greek yogurt is high in protein and packed with probiotics to aid in digestion. On top of eating it the typical way with granola or fruit; you can use it as a substitute for mayonnaise for sandwiches and such.
Grab some Greek yogurt from your local health food store and dice up some red apples and green onions, then sprinkle almonds, walnuts, and roasted flax seeds over top for a tasty superfood delight. Add grilled or baked chicken, salt, and pepper.
4 cups of your preferred brand of Greek Yogurt
4 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
2/3 cup chopped green onions
1 tbsp salt and pepper
2/3 cup almonds
1/3 cup roasted flaxseeds
2 red apples, diced
32 oz of boneless skinless chicken
- Raw Vegan Banana Hemp Seed Sushi Slices
Hemp seeds are another great and powerful superfood, rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. They are also a great source of protein as well as vitamins and minerals like phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, sulfur, iron, and zinc.
Grab some peanut butter and spread it onto a whole banana, then sprinkle a heavy helping of hemp seeds on top. Slice into pieces about a half inch wide and serve to your guests in between Super Bowl commercials.
Peanut Butter and Hemp seeds as needed.
- Superfood Trail Mix
This mix of munchies may lower the risk of cancer and lower cholesterol, fueling you with protein to keep you going through the 4th quarter.
Simply mix up some blueberries, goji berries, dried cranberries, raisins, pistachios, walnuts, hazelnuts, and pecans.
Chia seeds are rich in omega-3s and can help to maintain your endurance. These will keep your guests marching on after halftime and then some.
These crispy treats are made with chia, sunflower, and pumpkin seeds; simple and tasty.
Preheat the oven to 300F, then mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl, let sit for 30 minutes then spread the dough on non-stick parchment paper, after that put another scroll of parchment paper over top and roll it thin with a rolling pin. Now take off the top parchment and cut the dough into square pieces using a pizza cutter, place in oven for 35 minutes, until crispy and golden brown.
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp flax seeds
1 cup filtered water
1/4 cup gluten-free oats
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup unrefined buckwheat flour
- Healthy Candy Apple Wedges
Dark chocolate may strengthen your heart, slow memory loss, and relieve stress.
Slice 4 apples and dip them into melted dark chocolate, then sprinkle with some toasted walnuts.
- Yogurt Cookies
This healthy dessert takes less than an hour to make.
Simply whisk Greek yogurt, flour, 1 egg, vanilla, lemon zest, and stevia or raw sugar together with sea salt, mix until combined; then chill the mixture and bake at 375 degrees for 12 minutes or until crispy.
2 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 3/4 cups sugar divided
1 1/4 cups Greek yogurt
1 egg lightly beaten
1 lemon zested
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Pomegranate Coconut Mousse
Pomegranate may help to lower high blood pressure, help cholesterol levels, while possibly protecting against congestive heart failure and heart attacks.
Measure 2 cups of pomegranate juice, ¼ cup of raw honey, 3 tsp of gelatin powder, ½ tsp of vanilla extract, and 2 cups of full-fat organic coconut milk in a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat and let it cool. After this sprinkle pomegranate seeds and grated coconut on top.
1/4 cup of honey
2 cups pomegranate juice
2 cups coconut juice
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
4 tbsp coconut flakes (unsweetened)
3 tsp gelatin powder
1 cup pomegranate seeds
- Cinnamon Apple Sauce with Flax and Honey
Polyphenols may lower your risk of diabetes and they also may decrease your risk of cardiovascular disease.
For this one, we’ll take some unsweetened applesauce, mix in cinnamon, flax seeds, and honey.
1 tbsp ground flax
1 tsp raw honey
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- Fourth Down Smoothie
In the juicer blend blueberries, apple, pineapple, kale, spinach, 4 oz almond milk.
- Broccoli and Salmon Pasta
Broccoli is a great source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Below is a superfood dish loaded with health benefits.
Here you’ll need 200g of fresh organic broccoli, 225g boneless and skinless salmon fillets, 350g of tagliatelle or linguine, ¼ pint of dry white wine, 4 spring onions (sliced very fine), 1 oz of butter, ½ pt single cream. Chopped fresh dill, sea salt, and freshly ground pepper.
Cook the pasta in a pan of boiling water with sea salt for 8-10 minutes. In a medium frying pan add salmon, salt, and pepper, boil and simmer for 6 minutes. Steam the broccoli and then add wine and spring onions before sautéing for 3 minutes. Add the cream to the broccoli, stir and let simmer for 3-4 minutes. Give the salmon a stir, add salt and pepper seasoning, then mix everything together in the pan and serve.
- Beetroot Pomegranate and Parsnip Soup
Beetroot is high in iron and folate. Can Increase blood flow and boost energy.
Ingredients needed: 3 oz of finely chopped onions, 1 tbsp of light olive oil, 6 oz of diced carrots, ½ tsp of ground coriander, 5 oz of thinly sliced parsnips, 12 oz of sliced cooked beetroot ( don’t use vinegar), 1 pomegranate, 1 1/3 pints of light stock, and 4 tsp of chopped fresh dill. Set aside 2 tbsp of walnut pieces and 4 tbsp of soya yogurt for garnish.
Take a large saucepan and heat the oil and sweat the carrots, parsnips, and onions for 5 minutes. Then add the coriander and cook for two more minutes. Next, add the beetroot and stock to boil and simmer for 20 minutes. Add 2 tbsp of the dill during the final 3 minutes. Cut the pomegranate in half then use a lemon squeezer to extract the juices. Blend the soup mixture and add 4 tbsp of juice. Finally, top it with the yogurt, 2 tbsp of dill, and walnuts. Accompany this with rye bread or rolls.
- Superfood Chicken Stir-Fry
You’ll need 1 full squeezed orange, 2 tbsp of low sodium soy sauce, 1 tbsp of olive oil, 1 tbsp of runny honey, 6 oz of broccoli, 2 avocados stoned−sliced−and peeled, 4 pieces of boneless, skinless chicken, 4 oz of topped and tailed green beans, 6 oz of baby spinach, 6 halved cherry plum tomatoes, and 2 oz of walnut halves. Ramen-style noodles.
First of all, bake the chicken for 40 minutes at 350 degrees, while mixing the orange juice with the soy sauce and honey.
When the chicken is done, separately heat up a large wok with oil, throw in the broccoli and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Now add the beans and sliced chicken for another 2 minutes. Then add the rest of your ingredients except the orange dressing and cook for 2 minutes while stirring. Make sure to keep the veggies al dente.
Now it’s time to pour in the orange dressing and cook for an extra minute. All the while boiling the noodles for about 6-8 minutes keeping them a bit al dente as well. When all is ready serve everything together right away.
Here are some great ideas for adult beverages.
- Fourth Down Margarita
In your juicer blend fresh grapefruit, pomegranate seeds, a dash of organic red raspberries and add 4 oz of Don Julio Anejo tequila then sprinkle more pomegranate seeds and fresh cut jalapenos (if desired), stir and garnish with lime.
- Touchdown Vodka with Watermelon
Grab a rocks glass and pour 3-4 oz of cucumber flavored vodka onto ice, add 2 cubes of squeezed lime, club soda, and a dash of organic agave syrup. In the juicer put watermelon chunks, raspberries, and blueberries, together until pureed and pour into the glass. Stir, drop in more raspberries, blueberries, and fresh rosemary, and then serve.
- Hail Mary Martini
Pull out your juicer, then add 1 cup of spinach, 1 stalk of celery, 1 cup of cucumber, 2 red apples, 1 cup of kale and a lemon. Blend, and add 2-4 oz of Tito’s vodka, squeezed lime, and serve. If you want to call an audible add club soda.
As for non-alcoholic drinks serve with
- Alkaline or Electrolyte Water,
- Green Tea
- Turmeric Cacao Coffee
Measure 1 cup of almond milk, 1 tsp raw cacao powder, ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric, 1 tsp maca powder 1 tsp of raw honey, 1 tsp coconut oil, a shake of cinnamon, with vanilla or cayenne pepper, all into 1 cup of freshly brewed coffee, and serve.
If you really want to go the extra mile you can create superfood themes to go along with the teams playing in the big game. You can make something like the Patriots Parsnip Soup or Philly’s Fourth Down Smoothie and so on. Don’t be afraid to put decorations of the teams when staging your superfoods. This will really add to the atmosphere and your guests will love it.
At the end of the 4th quarter, you can hand out coconuts to drink for hangover prevention. Simply buy 20 or 30 whole coconuts from your local health food or grocery store. Remember, you’ll need a coconut opener tool for a straw-sized hole.
So now you are ready for the best Superfood Super Bowl party in town. You’ll look great, feel great, and your friends will appreciate your effort while enjoying an amazing spread of wholesome goodness.
*As always remember to consult your physician before starting any diet or exercise program.