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Seahawks Makeover: Meditation & Super Healthy Super Bowl Appetizers

zucchini friesAfter Pete Carroll was fired by the New England Patriots, he agonized over what he’d do differently if he ever had a chance to coach another NFL team, writes Alyssa Roenigk in ESPN The Magazine.

As coach of the Seahawks, Carroll’s do-over strategy includes taking care of players instead of berating them, and creating a kinder, gentler culture through meditation and mandatory yoga. (Check out ESPN's photos of Russell Wilson demonstrating his favorite yoga poses.) If the Hawks can meditate to cultivate inner compassion, surely the rest of us can also change our ways. 

How 'bout starting with Super Bowl snacks?

After all, in America, Super Bowl Sunday is second only to Thanksgiving in food consumption with the average viewer noshing at least 2,000 calories during the game – a day’s worth of food in just three hours.

But why spoil a great game with indigestion, clogged arteries and morning-after flab?

This year, try out these delicious recipes that makeover traditional high fat appetizers. Cooking Light shares recipes for healthier chili, nachos, layered dip, chicken fingers and brownies. Check out Health’s recipes for warm spinach-artichoke dip, creamy white bean dip and lemon-drop chicken wings.

And here are a few Wellbody favorites: kale chips, spicy buffalo cauliflower wings, broccomole and baked chicken-cabbage flautas, zucchini fries,  spiced nuts, crispy edamame and Seahawks Super Blue Smoothies.

Plus, a few strategies for game day:

1) Eat a healthy breakfast of fruits, veggies and protein so afternoon hunger doesn’t tempt you to overindulge during the game.

2) Exercise before the game.

3) Limit beverages high in calories (beer, sugar-sweetened sodas, fruit punches and juices). Alternate between caloric beverages and plain or sparkling water.

4) Instead of dipping fried chips into fatty cream–based dips, choose fresh veggies dipped in hummus, bean dip or guacamole.

Go, Hawks!


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