Yes, I’m turning to the Super Bowl as a theme today which probably comes as a shock to those of you who know me (“Super Bowl . . . that’s baseball, right?”). But it struck me as a good opportunity to highlight some of the bowls we have here on Nourish Network and talk about what makes them so, well, super. Here are five for a winning Super Bowl Sunday (warning . . . there are cheesy sports puns throughout this post: be forewarned).
Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal with Toasted Pecans – Oats are a wonder food. The beta glucans (which are a subset of carbohydrates . . . see, carbs are good) in them help lower total and LDL cholesterol, increase immune function and suppress tumor formation. But you don’t really need to be thinking about all that as you’re enjoying this ridiculously decadent bowl of oatmeal (I swear, it tastes like pumpkin pie). You can just feel good about what you’re eating and know, too, that it’s a great way to kick off the day.
Noemi’s Remixed Party Mix – Most often, we here at Nourish Network don’t look to make traditional junk food more healthy; instead we’ll look for ways to make inherently healthy foods taste sublime. But there are exceptions, and this staple of Mack family get-togethers, Chex Mix, was one of them. Make our remixed version for an addictive nibble that’s preservative-free and not entirely full of empty calories.
Guatemalan Guacamole – Let’s face it; games are more about munching than about actual mindful eating. Even I know that. So if you’re going to graze, this guacamole—based on a Guatemalan recipe—will fill you up with good things: good fats, good protein. It’ll also literally fill you up . . . there’s an amazing amount of fiber in those little green guys.
Orrechiette with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage – OK. Half time. The Who (could my husband be happier?). At this point you’re probably over the noshing. So let’s turn to a bowl of a different sort. I’ve doubled up the vegetables in this dish and halved the pasta, but trust me, you’ll never miss it. Pungent bitter greens, nose-tingling garlic, just a crumble of spicy sausage. And easy-to-maneuver forkfuls. All-in-all, a bowl you want in hand as you watch the half-time show.
Cherry-Almond Crumble – Now this is a bowl to wrap it all up with. As satisfying as this dessert is, you’ll be hard-pressed to find anything to wag your finger at. Whole oats, whole wheat, a whole lot of whole fruit and a touch of butter and sugar come together for a super-simple, sweet-tart, rich and crunchy treat.
Now dare I say it . . . go Saints!