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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!
February is Black History Month—a celebration of the achievements and contributions of African Americans in society. As the beauty and wellness industry becomes a more welcoming and inclusive space for all, we are taking this opportunity to continue to shine a light on the gap of inclusivity and diversity in our industry, and take action to promote, empower, and honor the Black community that shapes and grows wellness.
While the beauty industry is making improvements—it's important to showcase and support Black businesses and the creatives in this space every day. To honor them, we're shouting out some of our favorite Black-owned beauty and wellness businesses to support.
Beauty Bin is a full-service day spa and dry bar located in Asheville, NC. With a focus on inclusivity for people of all backgrounds, genders, and races, their MO is to match the outer beauty of every client to their inner beauty. From eyelash extensions and hydrafacials to waxing and massage, Beauty Bin is a one-stop-shop for all the spa services.
The KIKA Method® is a gentle assisted stretching process that loosens up tight muscles freeing your body from pain and stress. By practicing this method, clients can experience decreased muscle tension, increased energy, enhanced flexibility, a substantial reduction in stress, improved posture and relaxation, and increased mental clarity. While its headquarters is located in Las Vegas, NV, they have multiple locations sprinkled throughout the US, including Atlanta, New York City, and Dallas—just to name a few.
At Kimberly Coleman Salon, their philosophy begins with promoting healthy tresses, elegant sets, unique accouterments, perfect pampering of hands and feet, and precision cuts. Known for working with models and celebrities, they fully appreciate and celebrate the diversity of their clientele which also includes super moms and warrior dads.
Pressed Roots was developed with the simple concept in mind—that everyone deserves access to easy, and quality hair care. What started as a single pop-up shop in Boston, grew to a multi-city pop-up tour, and is now slated to be the largest national hair salon franchise specializing in the care and styling of highly textured hair, they launched their first flagship location in Dallas, TX.
Jersey City resident, Alyza Brevard-Rodriguez started SW3AT. The company began as a fitness apparel line in 2015 but evolved into a sanctuary catered to health and wellness now known as SW3AT Sauna Studio—the first infrared sauna studio in Jersey City. The healing power of infrared heat therapy is a phenomenal option for holistic health proven to strengthen the immune system and provide relief from joint stiffness and muscle pain. It is also supportive of any fitness program as it aids in weight loss (you can torch up to 900 calories in a 45-minute session) while also detoxifying your body from some of the most harmful toxins.
Kelli Coleman and Anika Jackson opened The TEN Nail Bar in Detroit to address a void in their city. They saw a need for a quality, modern nail bar that could also serve as a fun social space for Detroit’s residents and professionals. They designed the TEN to provide their clients with a #Perfect10 experience—where you can relax, enjoy music, a drink, your friends, a clean and precise manicure, and a much-needed break from all your hectic days.
Located in the beautiful downtown Hyde Park Chicago area, Bettye O Day Spa specializes in first-class treatments. They aim to nurture and relax each of their clients with individualized and innovative therapeutic techniques. From body wraps and massages to facials and hydrotherapy, this day spa promises to be a safe place for healing to occur.
Looking for more businesses to support? ClassPass has also created a list of Black-owned business to check out all year-round. While both of these lists are a great start to get you familiar with many of the Black-owned businesses either in your neighborhood or around the globe, we have only scratched the surface. We'd love to keep these lists growing.If you have any businesses you'd like to see on this list, click here to submit a Black-owned business we should be highlighting as well!