A chili dip made with great Northern beans and chili paste is a surefire way to add a healthy and delicious snack to your Super Bowl party spread.
What are you planning for snacks on Super Bowl Sunday? Are you feeling a little defeated with the realm of your guests’ dietary preferences. Tackle the task with something that has broad appeal. Something that’s delicious and works for everyone. I predict this chili dip is going to score at my house. It’s a high fiber, low fat alternative to guacamole and sour cream dips. Are you ready for the blitz? ..it’s gluten free, dairy free, and vegan. Serve it with chips or vegetables, again giving your fans variety and choice. May your food be a uniting force this Sunday.
This chili dip is a crowd pleaser with broad appeal: vegan, gluten free, dairy free, high fiber.
Prep Time:2 minutes
Cook Time:11 minutes
Total Time:13 minutes
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
1 tablespoon chili paste
1 15 ounce can great Northern beans, drained
1/2 teaspoon oregano
2 Tablespoons vegetable juice
1 tablespoon tomato paste
juice of one lime
Jalapeno pepper, sliced (for garnish)
In a small sauce pan heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and saute until softened about 10 minutes. Add chili paste, beans; stir while remaining over heat 30 seconds. Add in oregano, and heat 30 additional seconds. remove from heat. Stir in vegetable juice, tomato paste, lime juice . Pour bean mixture into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth and creamy. Pour into a serving bowl. Garnish with jalapeño pepper slices. Serve immediately or refrigerate up to 2 days.
A Pomegranate Chai Smoothie that includes 8 ounces of Pom Wonderful 100% pomegranate juice is how I recover after exercise and how I drink to good health. Disclosure: I received free samples of POM Wonderful mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by POM Wonderful and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.
Your 2018 New Year’s Resolutions are in full swing, making it the perfect time to talk about something #CrazyHealthy. That something, is POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice.
What makes a juice #CrazyHealthy?
First of all, as a registered dietitian using evidence based information to focus on nutrition from a healthy aging perspective, I am excited about the potential benefits of pomegranate juice on memory and cognition.
In a preliminary 2013 UCLA study, it was found that a small group of older adults with age-related memory complaints who drank 8 ounces of pomegranate juice daily had increased verbal memory performance and functional brain activity in fMRI testing after just four weeks.
*These early scientific results on the impact of pomegranate juice on the brain have not yet been adequately studied. Further clincial research on larger populations is needed to help establish causation and to determine the long term effects of pomegranate on memory and cognition.
Including 8 ounces of pomegranate juice into my daily routine is easy because I love the slightly sweet, slightly tart taste of Pom Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice. The possibility that this juice may also be enhancing my memory and cognition makes it a win, win!
Secondly, by integrating food with physical activity, I champion practical ways to reach health and fitness goals. I am ‘juiced up’ about the potential benefits Pom Wonderful 100% pomegranate juice has as a post workout beverage.
Did you know 100% pomegranate juice is powered by unique polyphenols that early research suggests have promising results for post-workout muscle strength recovery? Certain types of polyphenol antioxidants, like those found in pomegranate juice, may help increase nitric oxide bioavailability by protecting if from breaking down in the body. Nitric oxide helps your body get the oxygen and nutrients it needs druing exercise.
*Although the research reported is promising, additional clinical research is needed to establish causation and the potential impact of pomegranate polyphenols and exercise.
Maintaining my ability to remain active as I age, is a high priority for me. It’s one of the reasons I incorporate 8 ounces of pomegrantate juice into my routine after a bout of exercise, like this Pomegranate Chai Smoothie. Talk about drinking to your health! This smoothie has unique polyphenols plus everything else you need for recovery: fluid, protein for muscle protein synthesis (24 grams), carbohydrate for glycogen replacement(52 grams) and both sodium and potassium, (100 mg and 314 mg respectively). The taste of chai spices paired with 100% Pom Wonderful Pomegranate juice will delight your taste buds. Hold on cause there’s one more thing: this drink works as both a cold refreshing beverage and also as a warm smoothie! Either way, you get the benefits of a delicious post workout beverage. Be sure to see the links at the bottom of this post for more #CrazyHealthy ideas from the Recipe Redux team!
Place ingredients from pomegranate juice thru ice cubes into a blender container. Cover and mix until smooth. Garnish with pomegranate arils. Serve immediately.
FOR THE WARM BEVERAGE
Place ingredients from pomegranate juice thru allspice into blender (omitting ice altogether). Cover and mix until smooth. Pour blended beverage into a microwavable mug and heat on medium high (70%) for 15 seconds. Remove and stir. Test for temperature. Repeat until desired temperature is reached. Garnish with pomegranate arils. Serve immediately.
In 2017, nutritionists discussed eating for a robust gut macrobiotia, eating more plants, and the benefits of healthy fats. All nutrition worthy goals! Expect me to continue these conversations. However, too often, we fail to mention the importance of satisfaction and social connections. I am a fan of the Meditteranean eating pattern for its emphasis on both physical activity and enjoying food with others.
This past weekend I hosted an oyster roast for family. It was a 3 hour long meal, mostly spent shucking and eating oysters around our kitchen island. It was relaxed. We laughed, sometimes hard, and the focus was more on coming together than on anything else. Rarely do I spend this kind of time at one meal (meals are usually 20 minutes max at our house). But this was different. Our gathering included 3 generations, and was my attempt to do what has been identified as a general longevity factor: building and maintaining solid relationships between family members: parents, siblings , grandparent and others. Interested in eating better in 2018? Stop fighting with food. Stop worrying about food. Embrace gathering around food to enhance bonds. Try integrating into groups that promote and suppport “healthy living” including : family, religious communities, and social groups. Remember, it’s not just about the food.