Super Bowl XLVIII is almost here, and that means the battle of fried foods is about to begin.

While you shouldn’t settle for anything less than delicious food, you don’t have to sacrifice your health either. Life should be about enjoyment.

So go for the win-win with my Super Bowl Z-Tips (and this video which shows you how to make the best buffalo tempeh bites!)

This could be the game where there are no losers – both your body AND taste buds win!

1. Have a green smoothie in the morning. A powerful combination of fruits, greens and superfoods will keep you energized and boost your metabolism. Click here for recipe.

2. Take a vegetarian digestive enzyme before you start eating to help you digest cooked food. You can also take another one after the meal, if needed.

3. If you’re going to a party, bring your own food to contribute to the potluck. That way you’ll know exactly what you’re eating. 

I’ve included two recipes and a list of snack ideas that will help your body minimize the nutritional damage Super Bowl parties can have. Try them and score big with your friends at this year’s Super Bowl party.

SNACKS TO BUY (You can find all of them at Boca Raton’s Whole Foods)

Beanitos Chips – Try their Restaurant Style chips and you will never want to compromise with other chips.

365 Organic Salsa – Great for dipping chips, high in flavor and low in calories

Daiya Cheddar Cheese – Fabulous for Queso dip! Just mix in with salsa and heat up to melt

Jicama – If you are looking for a healthy crunch without extra calories, try jicama. Just peel and slice into chip-size slices, then use for dipping in your favorite dip.

Yves Pepperoni – These great vegan pepperoni slices will add a zing to your pizza without adding extra cholesterol to your arteries

365 Italian Flavored Sparkling Water – Buy your favorite flavored (unsweetened) sparking water and cheer your team onto victory with it instead of soda or in between alcoholic beverages. Remember, for every beer/wine make sure to have 2 glasses of water.

RECIPES

Healthier 7-Layer Dip

1 jar of Daiya vegan cream cheese

1 avocado

1 jar of pre-made salsa

1 large tomato

1 cup shredded romaine lettuce

1 cup Daiya cheddar cheese shreds

1 cup LightLife Mexican meat crumbles 

Combine Mexican meat crumbles with salsa. Shred lettuce and chop tomato and avocado.

Spread the vegan cream cheese on the bottom of the pan. Place the Mexican meat mixture on top. Continue layering the rest of the ingredients evenly, finishing up with cheese shreds. Dip with Beanito restaurant style chips.

 

Cookie Dough Recipe

1.5 cups of gluten-free oats 

1 cup organic puffed rice cereal

1.5 cups cashews

3 tablespoons agave

4 medjool dates

1 tablespoon coconut oil

2/3 teaspoon salt

1.5 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup raw cacao nibs

Place oats and puffed rice in a high speed blender and grind to make flour. Transfer the flour into a food processor and blend well with agave, dates, coconut oil, vanilla and salt. When well combined, put in a bowl and mix with the rest of ingredients by hand. Make into cookie dough shape and enjoy!

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About Alina Z.

Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida,  Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at eHow.com, visit Alina’s website at alinaz.com, or follow her on Facebook (facebook.com/CoutureFood) or Twitter (@CoutureFood). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at bocamag.com.