Snacks

Are You Ready for Some…..

SNACKS!  Yes, Superbowl Sunday is one of the most SNACKTACULAR days and there is nothing I love more then a reason to get your friends & fam together with bowls of cold creamy (and sometimes hot) dips, and all of the Crunchy things to dip in them! I may not follow football…. but aside from eating all the foods, I’m just really excited for the Lady Gaga concert happening on Sunday… just sayin 😉

As I always say, balance is key and food denial is not the answer, so let’s keep it real and of course TASTY!

If you know me, I have a savory palate. Give me all the chips and dip!!! I will take chips over cake any day!  So as I look to some of my guilty pleasures and favorites, here are some things I will be serving up this Super Bowl Sunday – nothing fancy just tasty, simple and healthy!

Generally when I think of sporting events, I think of fried foods….one of my guilty pleasures is Onion Rings!  I think the key is to keep them crunchy, and my preference is to use Panko instead of breadcrumbs, making them extra crispy – add any extra seasonings you like to give it an extra kick…. still contemplating what to add to today’s batch!

Now you know the Avocado and I have a love affair ❤ ❤ ❤ – so there is no question there will be Guacamole!  What is not to love about this delectable dip???  Although higher in calories, this dip is packed with lots of nutrients!  I like to add tomato, red onion, garlic, jalapeno and if I want a little extra spice sometimes a little Cayenne!

Would love to know – what do you put in your Guacamole???

Speaking of Dips, I found some inspiration and put a twist on this Ranch Recipe a while back and will be sure to put this out as well!  Ranch Dip is a bit of a staple.  From Veg, to chips, heck even to wings it is versatile fave goes well with all things crunchy!  I’ll be putting out some Veg with the Chips but as a side note, this universal dip is also great as a salad dressing!  All you need is Greek Yogurt (suggest 2% but you can still use the nonfat and it is good too!), Olive oil, garlic and Dill (I use dried – it’s easier, but if you have fresh all the power to you!)  A little parmesan can be added, but I have done without and it comes out just as good, so this is completely up to you!  The dip is extra thick and creamy, and although you can make this in a pinch, it is great if you make it a little ahead of time to let the flavors marinate!


Ok let’s get prepping!  Who are you routing for?
(TEAM GAGA!!! 😉 )

Keep it Tasty!

-SS

It’s Throwback Thursday | Jamz Style

Got a nice start to the morning with some greek yogurt, almonds and blackberries!  I love the blackberry – a little tart, a little sweet, chock full of omega-3s, fiber and antioxidants!!  And of course – coffee, there is ALWAYS coffee.  No complete thoughts or planning can be done (or in my case, should be done) prior to that first sip! 🙂

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In feeling a bit nostalgic I figured I would put together a sweet playlist for my morning workout! Taking Throwback Thursday back to my adolescence.  To the days of being a teenager growing up on Long Island, where the thing to do was hang out at the pool hall.  Anytime I hear any of these jams I think of those days/nights in the local hazy, dark, *smoke filled room playing those solids and stripes, otherwise known as Eight-Ball.  Rock, Rap, Hip Hop, R&B – a good mix of everything, killer start to the day, bringing a smile to my face as I think back to those silly pool shark days.  Taking full advantage of having the room to myself Sing-a-long with Steph was definitely on, although brought to a stop when another member came in – even though I’m sure he would have appreciated my rendition of P!nk’s Most Girls. 😉 Sweat Session dominated and feelin FLY!!!
*This was during a time when smoking was still allowed indoors, I did/do NOT smoke nor do I miss coming home reeking of cigarettes, however after a recent trip to the pool hall there is just something missing from the experience without that cloudy haze upon entering

Guys and Dolls Explicit, yes – that was the time.  

QUESTION: WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE JAMS THAT TAKE YOU BACK TO TEENAGEDOM?

With Spring now here in New York (although today, I beg to differ) I’m taking a strong focus on toning.  Warmer weather = less clothing and we’ve all got a little something to show! 😉  For those who were interested – Day 1 of the PopSugar 21 Day Arm Challenge has started!  Thank you to the folks at POPSUGAR for making this easy to use guide and schedule – looking forward to seeing the results! Easy to use, easy to follow – a great addition to regular workouts with that little extra focus!

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After a full day, I’m ready for some evening munching…one of my faves…POPCORN!  A lot of munch and not a lot of calories.. WINNING!  I like to pack in extra flavor by using different spices – hey added health benefits are always a plus!  Super easy, satisfying, and you can get creative with your flavors!  This batch has Cayenne, Turmeric and a little salt.  Now I am forced to share this so I used a large pan – however just read the bottle of kernels you are using for serving size.  First cover the bottom of the pan with a thin layer of oil (I prefer to Olive oil or Canola depending on what I am using).  For this particular one I use both Turmeric and Cayenne in the oil – sprinkling into the pot so the layer of oil is covered.  Add kernels, cover the pot, listen until the popping slows down next to nothing and voila!  Easy, healthy munchy goodness!

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QUESTION: WHAT SPICES AND FLAVORS DO YOU LIKE TO USE?

Remember Kids: I want to know your jamz, snacks and how your arms are sculpting!

Stay Fit Stay Fly!

-SS