by Karen Roth, MSNC
Super Bowl is right around the corner and it’s not only a celebration of the season’s best football teams but also a time to eat and drink for hours! I always have a large pot of chili on the stove at my Super Bowl parties, along with some of these tasty appetizers. Whether you are throwing your own party, or going to one, try one of these healthy appetizers that are sure to please everyone.
2 Tbsp. butter, divided
2 Tbsp. Olive Your Heart®, garlic flavor
8 oz. baby bella mushrooms, sliced
8 oz. Shiitake mushrooms, sliced
2 portobello mushrooms, thinly sliced
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
1 tsp. rosemary leaves
SMOKED SALMON TARTAR
2 cups smoked salmon, diced
1/4 cup red onions, diced
1/4 cup capers
1/4 cup Olive Your Heart®, natural flavor
1/8 cup fresh lemon juice
1 avocado, diced
1 lg. cucumber, sliced
Fresh ground pepper
ZUCCHINI SALAD CAPRESE STYLE
2 med. zucchini, diced
1 1/4 cup heirloom cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
1 cup kalamata olives, sliced in half
2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup balsamic glaze
1/4 c Olive Your Heart®, basil flavor
1 clove garlic, minced
Salt and pepper to taste
15 small mozzarella balls, sliced in half
1 cup fresh basil, thinly sliced into ribbons
This fresh salad brings color to a table and compliments heavier dishes usually served on Super Bowl game day, like chicken wings. This recipe can be made a day in advance.
by Laurel Sterling, MA, RD, CDN
The average heart can pump 2,000 gallons of blood each day throughout the body. It beats 100,000 times a day, and during an average lifetime, it will beat more than three billion times. Even at rest, the heart works twice as hard as the leg muscles of a sprinter. Maintaining a healthy heart throughout our lifetime is critical. Here are some of the most beneficial nutritional supplements for supporting a healthy heart.
Take charge of your heart health by utilizing some of the many options available for natural support. Your health care practitioner can help you determine the best supplements to add to your daily regimen.
by Laurel Sterling, MA, RD, CDN
Whether you are a professional athlete or a weekend warrior, athletes of all types and abilities want to maximize workouts, enhance performance, and reduce recovery time following strenuous exercise. There are many nutritional supplements available to accentuate pre-workout, during activity, and post-workout. Some are depleted through exercise and need to be replenished. Others support healthy joints, muscles, mobility, energy production, and recovery.
Core nutrients for every athlete, regardless of routine or skill level, consist of: a multivitamin, vitamin D3, and omega-3s.
There are other beneficial nutrients targeting extra joint and muscle support like tart cherry, boswellia, ginger, and curcumin. And ones for additional energy production during pre-workout like d-ribose. A glucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM formula is also important to maintain healthy joint and connective tissues.
Amino acids are also extremely important for athletes. Referred to as the building blocks of protein, amino acids are structural components of body tissues such as muscle, hair, collagen, enzymes, antibodies, etc. Certain amino acids are helpful for pre- and post-workouts, and some crossover to assist both.
So whether you're a weekend warrior or intense athlete, you need to make sure you get the basic nutrients you need to support optimal health and activity levels. Beyond that, there are many to choose from that can enhance athletic performance, improve mobility, support joints and muscles, and assist with exercise recovery.
The Daily Dose blog features health and wellness articles from Senior Nutritionist & Educator Jolie Root, LPN,LNC; Nutritionist & Educator Laurel Sterling, MA, RDN, CDN; and Featured Guest Blogger Karen Roth, MSNC. Other guest bloggers will also join us.
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