This week the March Madness basketball tradition begins!! And how does nutrition relate to March Madness?
Sporting game get-togethers give us an excuse to indulge in unhealthy appetizers and finger foods. March Madness means a lot of basketball games and if you are like many people I know, it probably means thousands of extra calories that you wouldn’t normally consume. Try making a change with these easy March Madness munchies ideas.
Chips and Guac
Get a huge bag of organic tortilla chips (this assures that the corn is not genetically modified) and a few simple ingredients to make guacamole: three avocados, two limes, two cloves of garlic, two small tomatoes, and sea salt and cumin to taste). All you have to do is:
-Mash the avocados
– Squeeze in the juice of two limes
-Mince the garlic and toss in
-Dice the two tomatoes and toss them in
-and add sea salt and cumin to taste.
You can add a little bit of cayenne for a kick!
Baked Sweet Potato Chips
I was going to suggest baked kale chips, but I have found baked sweet potato chips to be a huge hit for parties! While you preheat the oven at 400, simply slice up 2 peeled sweet potatoes very thinly. Put in a big bowl and pour in 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and a teaspoon of course salt, ½ teaspoon of paprika and ½ teaspoon of black pepper. These should fit on two large baking sheets in a single layer. Bake for 12 minutes flip over and bake for another 12 minutes.
Shrimp with “Healthy” Cocktail Sauce
Most commercial cocktail sauce has high-fructose corn syrup-you don’t want that! For a healthier cocktail sauce, just mix organic ketchup (it doesn’t have HFCS) with a tablespoon or two of horseradish.
Sliced Apples and Low-Fat Cheddar
Who needs crackers? The crunch of an apple suffices and so much healthier! As an alternative, use sliced cucumbers!
Note: If sodium is a concern of yours, in the recipes that call for salt, try a salt substitute like Herbamare instead! It’s just as tasty, I promise!