Don’t Let the Big Game Knock You Off Your Game

Don’t Let the Big Game Knock You Off Your Game

More than 100 million people will be watching the Super Bowl this Sunday and eating will be a big part of the party. Including pre- and post-game coverage, you might be on the couch up to seven hours, plenty of time to ruin your New Year’s resolution to eat healthier.

Instead of loading up on chips and salsa, consider a heart-healthy snack – walnuts.

Walnuts can improve diet quality, improve LDL (bad) cholesterol and promote healthier blood vessels. They might help with cognitive function, especially memory, concentration and information processing speed. They might also provide protection against colon cancer, in part due to the beneficial changes they cause in the gut microbiome (healthy bacteria).

Here’s a tasty chocolate walnut hummus recipe that can make a great spread for whole grain toast, or as a dip for a variety of fresh fruit.

  • (1) 15-ounce can chickpeas (garbanzo beans) (rinsed very well)
  • 1/2 cup pitted dates 
  • 1 1/2 cups California walnuts, toasted
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
  • 1/2 cup light coconut milk, soy milk or regular milk (plus extra if thinner consistency is desired)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Place all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the chopping blade and process until smooth, or to desired consistency. Add additional milk if a thinner texture is desired.
Serve with fresh fruit or pita chips.