Dr. Kantor recently answered questions from the Chattanooga Free Press about how to have a healthy Superbowl!
Because Tennessee’s favorite football player of all-time, Peyton Manning (a former University of Tennessee football player) is the Bronco’s quarterback, there are now a lot of Bronco fans in Tennessee and there will most definitely be Super Bowl celebrations galore.
Tennessee is not known for being the healthiest state in the country, so what’s your advice on tasty but healthy meals or snacks to serve at parties.
Healthy yet fun meals/snacks to serve at any party (especially Super Bowl) should include protein, vegetables, and healthy fats. We tend to get “unhealthy” when the snack or meal contains excessive amounts of carbohydrates and processed ingredients. Both processed ingredients and excessive carbs can cause people to eat excessively and an insulin roller coaster both resulting in weight gain.
Healthy yet Super Bowl fitting meal/snack options include….
- Chicken or steak kabobs.
- Vegetable tray with hummus or guacamole
- Turkey, lean beef or chicken meat balls
- Bunless sliders
- A fruit or tossed salad
And, is there a food that’s typical in Colorado that we could make to celebrate Denver?
Try a Colorado Omelet – you could make “egg Colorado muffins”
1 lb. cooked all natural nitrate free bacon chopped
Diced fresh tomato
1 tables spoon of parsley
½ lb. diced ham
Whisk eggs together and pour 1/12 of mixture into greased muffin tins. Add cooked bacon, ham, and tomatoes and parsley. Bake 350-15-20 min.
And, for the Seahawks, what would be a typical dish served in Washington?
Seattle is known for its iconic sandwiches. The Porchetta sandwich is especially famous there, this sandwich is a pork sandwich seasoned and roasted with paste of olive oil, sage, rosemary, fennel and garlic, then topped with red and yellow bell peppers, typically served on a ciabatta bread/bun. To make this dish more healthy serve it as a bun less sandwich.
3 tbs. olive oil
3 tbs. sage
2 tbs. rosemary
1 tbs. fennel
5 cloves garlic
Salt and pepper to taste
6.5 lb. pork butt
2 red bell peppers chopped
1 yellow bell pepper chopped
1 onion chopped
Ciabatta bread (or do bun less for healthy option)
Make a paste of olive oil, herbs and spices, salt, pepper, and garlic rub over pork butt, roast for 5 hours occasionally basting with olive oil. Grill peppers onions and salts and pepper and serve bun less or over grilled ciabatta bread.
As for food poisoning, what kinds of food should be protected and how do we protect them? (I suffered food poisoning several years ago because of a dish with mayonnaise had been out of the table for several hours.)
There is a 3 hour rule with all foods that should be refrigerated. Keep all items in the fridge until the guests arrive, then pull out medium portions at a time so the dish can be refilled with foods that are at appropriate temperatures. If you are a guest at a party and are not sure if the food has been out for too long, avoid dishes with dairy or meats after you suspect it’s been over 3 hours. Dairy and meat are the first types of foods to develop bacteria that could make you sick.
For the buffalo wing lovers, and the beanie-weenie fans, and chips and dips…are those all a no no?
They aren’t a no-no, they just need to be tweaked a little. Buffalo wings can be grilled naked and then sauce added, this is a healthy alternative to the traditional fried option.
Beanie-weenie fans can choose an all-natural nitrate free hot dog with beans as a less processed alternative.
As for chips and dip, swap out crunchy cut vegetables for the chips and then hummus or guacamole for dips as a healthy more nutrient rich alternative.
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