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It’s almost game day—and if you’re into all things Tom Brady, football and food, this weekend could be a big test for your newly anointed New Year's diet. From sugary snacks to chips and dips galore, it’s not always easy ignoring the savory temptations that are being served up, especially if you’re on the wildly popular Ketogenic Diet (hey, we predicted it would be bigger than ever in 2019!).
If you feel yourself eyeing that 20 layer dip after the coin toss, here are our four of our favorite low-carb, Keto-friendly recipes that will please any crowd, guaranteed.
An office favorite, this dish has all the goodness of wings, without the added mess. In a rush? Use a store-bought roasted chicken. We suggest doubling this recipe because it’s always a hit!
Makes: 4 cups
- 2 cups shredded chicken, cooked
- 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
- ½ cup buffalo wing sauce
- ½ cup blue cheese or ranch dressing
- ½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix all ingredients into a large bowl and spoon into shallow 8x8 baking pan (larger if doubling).
- Bake for 20 minutes, or until heated through and top is bubbling.
- Serve warm with crisp cool celery or veggies of your choice.
Turn up the heat without loading up on carbs! Make game day easier by prepping these a day or two ahead, and baking them right before kickoff.
- 6 medium Jalapeño peppers, sliced lengthwise and seeded
- ¼ cup cheddar cheese, shredded
- 3 oz cream cheese, softened
- ¼ cup green onions, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ¼ cup bacon, cooked and crumbled
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil.
- In small bowl, combine cream cheese, cheddar cheese, green onions and garlic.
- Fill jalapeños halves with cream cheese mixture. Place on baking sheet.
- Sprinkle jalapeños with bacon, lightly pressing into cream cheese.
- Bake for 20 minutes, or until peppers are soft.
No party is complete without a tray of these timeless snacks. Don’t wanna deal with dill? Try using sweet relish instead.
Makes: 2 dozen
- 12 hard-boiled eggs, cooled
- ⅔ cups mayonnaise
- 4 teaspoons dill pickle relish
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ⅛ teaspoon paprika
- Cut eggs lengthwise in half. Scoop out cooked yolks, placing whites to the side.
- In a medium size bowl, mash yolks and stir in all ingredients (except paprika) until well blended.
- Spoon yolk mixture back into egg whites.
If you’re on Keto, you may miss comfort food. Thanks to my husband, these chicken “fingers” are the perfect low-carb option to feed that craving or serve at your Super Bowl party this season.
- 1 package raw chicken tenders
- 1 package chicharrones pork rinds
- 2 eggs
- Grated parmesan cheese (optional)
- Coconut oil (or preferred cooking oil)
- Preheat saucepan on medium heat, adding oil to fully cover the pan for frying.
- Place chicharrones in a sealed bag and pound down under they have a breadcrumb consistency. Pour chicharrones onto a plate or bowl where you can easily cover the chicken.
- Break eggs in a medium-size bowl and stir until the yoke is thoroughly mixed. Dip chicken into eggs. Then immediately dip chicken into the chicharrones, fully covering each chicken tender.
- Add chicken tender to heated pan, cooking fully on each side until chicken is cooked through and crispy on the outside.
- Serve warm with hot sauce or low-carb dips.
No meat, no problem. Packed full of flavor, these “wings” (made by our resident nutritionist Erica Fowler) are the perfect substitute for the real deal—and we’ve got no bones about that!
- Head of cauliflower
- 3 tablespoons of gluten-free flour
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 tablespoon of tahini
- 1 teaspoon of maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon of chili powder
- ¼ teaspoon of smoked paprika
- ¼ teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
- Dash of cayenne pepper
- Dash of pink salt and pepper
- Dash of hot sauce
- 3 tablespoons of warm water
- Homemade vegan parmesan
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Wash cauliflower and cut away the green leaves. Dice the cauliflower into floret chunks for the ‘wings”.
- In a mixing bowl combine the flour, olive oil, tahini, maple syrup, chili powder, paprika, cayenne, apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper, dash of hot sauce and warm water.
- Stir into a thick paste.
- Take the cauliflower florets and roll them into the mixture until they are fully coated and line them on the baking sheet.
- Bake for 25-35 minutes or until the cauliflower is tender.
- Once tender, take out of the oven and serve on a dish garnished with kale or parsley and a dust of homemade parmesan and enjoy!
For the first time ever, the globe will be watching surfing take center stage at the 2020 (postponed to July 2021) Olympics. People from all over the world will be appreciating the sport, many for the first time.
This symbolizes the surfing community breaking through centuries of negative stereotypes. Though conditions play a big part in the sport, the biggest hurdle the athletes will have to overcome to see success is mental. The winner will be the one who chooses their waves wisely with their understanding of the conditions and ability to intimidate and therefore overcome components. Meanwhile, they will be challenging themselves to emerge from crashing barrels, fly into the air, and land on the shifting surface gracefully. No big deal.
You’ve probably heard the invention of a wave pool, which creates the perfect man-made wave. In 2007, Kelly Slater founded his wave company with a passion to build the perfectly rideable wave at his surf ranch. It was debated whether the Olympics should be held in the ocean or on a manufactured wave, with many differing opinions on what would be right. The decision was made, and the event will take place in the sea, at Tsurigasaki Beach in Japan, about 40 miles east of Tokyo, where the rest of the 2021 games will be hosted.
As you watch, take a moment to reflect on the century of effort for this to happen. This initiative can be traced all the way back to the 1912 summer games that took place in Stockholm. Duke Kahanamoku, known as the father of modern surfing, won three gold medals in swimming, and while accepting his medal, he expressed that it was his dream to see surfing be added. To add fuel to the fire, International Surfing Association, recognized as the surfing world's governing authority by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), began lobbying for the inclusion of surfing in the Olympics in 1955.
Surfing is a multidimensional sport unlike any other. Nothing compares to paddling out to the serene silence that awaits beyond the breaking waves. Once you get out there, you immediately escape the many annoyances ingrained in everyday life—the constant notifications on your phone and laptop, your back-to-back schedule, answering to other people. You’re no longer on the time that your watch reads, you’re on mother nature’s time. You’re also no longer in control of your surroundings. Now, all you can do is surrender and wait for the next set to come, while trying to position yourself for when it does.
The high from catching the perfect wave is so addicting that surfers would fail on one hundred in a row just to catch that one. After you catch that perfect one, you replay it in your mind for the rest of the day.
A successful session is reliant on so many factors of mother nature—a force way bigger than us. For ideal conditions to exist, a good-sized swell must approach from the right direction, the wind must be flowing offshore, and you have to time your session right with the ebb and flow of the tide.
The sport is always teaching you life lessons. It is humbling, even if you’ve been practicing it for many years. One reason why it takes so long to master is that the conditions are going to be different every time you get out there. You might have caught a million yesterday, but today makes you feel like a kook because you can’t land one decent wave.
The community of people that you become a part of when you surf is special. A shared obsession with the ocean that brings you to dive into the water at dawn to get a session in bonds you quick. When you’re out there, you’ll find yourself interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds. People enjoy sharing the stoke of the sport. When you see someone out there teaching somebody new, you’ll encounter them cheering at the top of their lungs when they catch a good wave, and as you look around, you’ll see smiles all across the lineup. The other day, I caught a long wave in to be met with a cheering crowd of locals who frequent the spot that I do. When I got to shore, a local showed me their secret stash of hot packs to access in case I, or someone else, gets stung by a stingray when they aren’t around.
Being out in the ocean and abiding by her rules gives surfers a deep love and connection to nature. It’s common to see sea animals out there, like dolphins, stingrays, and fish. When you have an encounter, it’s a reminder that we are invading their territory. It sucks when you see trash floating in the water, or on the sand in its route to the water. It’s a sad reminder of the negative impact that humans can have on natural environments. It inspires you to pick up trash and advocate for sustainability so that we, as a collective, can take care of the beauty that we are lucky to have access to.
Tune in to see surfing break into the biggest international sporting event in the world beginning on Saturday, July 24th.
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