Saturday, January 31, 2015

'No Cheating' Super Bowl Snacks for Low Carbers

While everyone frets over the suspiciously deflated balls in the Patriots game against the Colts two weeks ago, far less has been said about the inflated bellies that result from the far bigger crime of CWF (Carbloading While Footballwatching).

As movies are to popcorn, the Super Bowl is to nachos, wings, pizza and other high carb edibles that collectively rival Thanksgiving for most carbs consumed in one day. It is almost impossible to watch the Super Bowl without eating foods that spike your blood sugar and foil your shrinkage goals.

Fortunately, there are myriad low carb recipes that can compete with first-string Super Bowl snacks.

Last night I was listening to Jenny Hutt on Sirius XM describe how she was going to munch on Buffalo cauliflower and guacamole on Super Bowl Sunday. It sounded just as delicious as the more traditional breaded wings -- and way more healthy.

While searching for recipes just now, I found a whole Pinterest board filled with mouthwatering photos of "the other white meat" version of Buffalo wings -- cauliflower, not pork. Many of them use some kind of flour, but Jenny planned to just season (salt, pepper, garlic) and roast her cauliflower florets and coat them after cooking with some spicy Frank's RedHot Buffalo Wing Sauce mixed with real butter.

If you can't say "no" to chips and dip, it's nacho problem anymore. Bad pun aside, I found a genius nachos recipe that subs peppers for chips. Though they're satisfyingly salty and crunchy, we all know the main function of chips is to serve as edible spoons for the melty mixture of beef, cheese, guacamole and sour cream. So why not sub a healthier scooper and eat more of the good stuff?

Cheezing for pizza? My favorite low carb pie these days is Fat Head Pizza whose crust contains neither grain nor cauliflower. Feeling more carnivorous? Try the Meatza!

If you're an even halfway competent web surfer, you can't help but find dozens of low carb Super Bowl friendly recipes on the Internet. For a head start, begin your search on my Low Carb Pinterest board, or head over to one of my favorite low carb recipe sites like DJ Foodie, Splendid Low-Carbing, I Breathe I'm Hungry, Beauty and the Foodie and Buttoni's Low Carb Recipes.

If you're a Medifaster, you'll find great OP recipes on Sandy's Kitchen blog. I can personally recommend this recipe for her cheesy cauliflower breadsticks.

The main thing is, do not let Super Bowl Sunday run interference with your desire to lose weight and gain optimal health.

More from Diet Skeptic:

Why I'm Addicted to Chia Seeds

Why Fat Head Pizza Is the Holy Grail of Low Carb Pizzas 

The Shocking Truth About Imported Olive Oil

Making Cauliflower Rice in the Vitamix 

Why WebMD Doesn't Want You to Get Well

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