Serving up fresh and nutritious takes on game-day classics

Serving up fresh and nutritious takes on game-day classics

Some people watch for the love of the game, others tune in for the clever commercials and half-time show, but what does everyone love on Super Bowl Sunday?  The snacks! 

The question becomes, which ones? Some prefer salty-spicy-crunchy-barbeque type snacks – and hey, don’t forget the pizza and guacamole. But, with a growing awareness toward health, readers might be looking for all of those wonderfully indulgent flavors delivered in a slightly ‘better for you’ package… California Walnuts make the play of the day with options that make everyone happy.

 

Start with Fiery Hot Cheddar Walnuts – they’re a crunchy, spiced alternative to the flavor explosion chips on the market.  For versatility, they provide the perfect topping on a Buffalo-Style Chicken and Walnut Salad or Wrap or a Barbecued Chicken and Fiery Walnut Pizza. For avocado-lovers, these spicy nuts are a great addition to Guacamole Chicken Salad.  They add just the right zest and crunch to satisfy game time cravings—and unlike so many empty calorie snacks, these are sure to fill you up. As we all try to crowd-please on Super Bowl Sunday, offering nutritious, omega-3-packed (2.5 grams per one ounce serving) snacks without sacrificing the traditional favorites, is a sure win-win for everyone. [1]

 

I’m including the complete recipes below for your reference.  Please let me know if you’d like further information about these recipes, or additional game-day snack ideas.  At Super Bowl XLVIII, these less guilty pleasures might just take the win!

 

[1] One ounce of walnuts provides 18g of total fat, 2.5g of monounsaturated fat, 13 g of polyunsaturated fat, including 2.5 grams of alpha linolenic acid - the plant based omega-3; 2g of fiber; 4g of protein. (http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/cgi-bin/list_nut_edit.pl)

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Fiery Hot Cheddar Walnuts

Fiery Hot Cheddar Walnuts

One look at the grocery store “snack aisle” will tell you that super-spicy snacks and chips are wildly popular.  (Of course if you have a teenager in your house, you already know this!)  This recipe offers a nutritious, but just as tasty, alternative.  Seasoned with cayenne pepper and red chili pepper hot sauce, the nuts will entice you with a similar degree of heat and a subtle cheddar cheese...