With the Super Bowl on Sunday, we’re sharing what we’ll be noshing on as we cheer on our Patriots – from store-bought favorites to our own game day recipes.
Buffalo Chickpea Poppers: These buffalo-flavored baked chickpeas give chicken wings a run for their money. Savory spices and good ol’ Frank’s RedHot make these flavorful little bites irresistible. This recipe comes from Real Fit Kitchen, a cookbook authored by DRINKmaple co-founder & nutritionist Kate Weiler and registered dietician & former Red Sox nutritionist Tara Mardigan.
2 cans (14 ounces) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 tsp olive oil
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp Hungarian paprika
1 tsp chili flakes
1 tbsp ghee
2-3 shakes of Frank’s RedHot sauce (or to taste)
Sea salt and black pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 425°F. Spread the rinsed chickpeas on paper towels or on a large dish towel and pat until dry. Transfer the chickpeas to a baking pan, drizzle with oil, the spices, salt and pepper. Add ghee and hot sauce. Toss with your hands to coat evenly. Roast for 30 to 35 minutes. The chickpeas should be crisp throughout. If they are still soft, roast them for another 5 to 8 minutes. Makes about 4 servings.
HOPE Hummus and Guacamole: We love HOPE Foods not only for the taste and simple ingredient list of their products, but for their mission: “We believe in the power of hope, not just our brand and our people but the attitude that we all need authentic & organic deliciousness we can trust.” ? Amen!
Siete Tortilla Chips: This family-owned brand and makers of our favorite grain-free tortillas recently launched CHIPS. With minimal and trustworthy ingredients (cassava flour, avocado oil, coconut flour, ground chia seed and sea salt), these are chips without the junk.
Fresh Veggies: We like to fill up on veggies because a) they are delicious, especially with the above dips and b) they fill us up so we aren’t prone to having that second slice of pizza or potato skin. Keep it colorful for added nutrients and eye appeal.
Mary’s Gone Crackers: We’re longtime fans of these clean-ingredient, whole grain crackers. In addition to being gluten-free, they are organic, non-GMO, vegan and kosher. Ancient grains and seeds (brown rice, quinoa, flax seeds, sesame seeds) offer an earthy flavor and nice crunch.
Cookie Dough Recovery Balls: These “raw balls” taste just like cookie dough but are much healthier. Our recipe from Real Fit Kitchen cookbook contains protein, magnesium and the stress-fighting benefits of maca that will come in handy during nail-biting game! Piled on a platter, these treats look pretty and are very crowd-pleasing.
1.5 cups raw cashews
2 tsp maca
1 tbsp natural brown rice protein powder (or protein powder of choice)
4 tbsp pure maple syrup
2 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup raw cacao nibs or dark chocolate chips
Blend the cashews, maca, protein powder, maple syrup and vanilla in a high-powered blender or food processor. Do not over-process; the mixture should have the consistency of cookie dough. Form 12 balls with the mixture by rolling it between your hands. Roll each ball in cacao nibs. Refrigerate before serving. Makes 12 balls.
DRINKmaple: If you’re looking to have a drink, or many, here’s our secret. Make sure to start the day off with a bottle of maple water to ensure you’re hydrated. Studies have shown that maple water can to help metabolize alcohol in the body. We also recommend sipping on maple water or sparkling water in between drinks to make sure you don’t overindulge. If you’re not feeling so hot come Monday morning, reach for another bottle. Full of electrolytes, it’s an excellent hangover cure!