Super Bowl

Happy Monday friends! Here’s a little weekend recap for ya! 

Friday night Isaac was out of town so I had a girls’ night with this lovely lady. We took a TidalTone class at Tidal Wheel and then went to The Daily for dinner. 

The Daily - Hummus Plate

We ordered the hummus plate to share and I had the salmon salad for dinner. There are so delicious options on the menu but I absolutely love the salmon salad so much I couldn’t resist ordering it. I’m obsessed with their sweet potato fries as well but I knew Alyssa was ordering a panini and I could steal a few from her. :)  

the Daily - Salmon Salad

 Saturday afternoon the Virginia is for Bloggers group had a meet up at Richmond Barre.

Richmond Barre

Quite a few gals came out and the class was led by Ashley, the owner of Richmond Barre. Whew — she worked our whole body and it was challenging. It had been way too long since I took a barre class.

Vabloggersrichmondbarre

During the leg work my legs were totally feeling the burn and I woke up on Sunday morning in dire need of the T25 Stretch video.

Workouts like this are a good reminder that change happens when we’re uncomfortable and we have to step out of our comfort zone to see results. 

Change

This little phrase is true in all areas of our lives (not just working out) and it’s quickly becoming my mantra for 2014.

Saturday afternoon I did a little cooking…

huge sweet potoato

The cooking highlights included baking a sweet potato that size of my forearm (it was huge!) and making a batch of No Bake Peanut Butter S’mores Squares.

s'mores squares

Oh man, these little squares are so good! We took them to a Super Bowl party on Sunday and everyone loved them. Isaac said they reminded him of Tagalongs and I think the flavor is similar to Chex Muddy Buddies sans the powdered sugar. Either way, they’re ridiciuously delicious. Jessica is a genius. 

pb s'mores squares

I also made a double batch of one of my favorite quinoa salads for the party. You can’t go wrong with this dish for potlucks! It’s healthy, easy to throw together and everyone loves it. I’ve probably made it at least 15 times. Here’s one version I came up with that has a little extra protein and kale instead of spinach — White Bean Quinoa Salad

super bowl snacks

Super Bowl snacks! The quinoa salad is on the top right of my plate. 

Did anyone even watch the game? I was more focused on catching up with friends and eating the food (there were so many tasty things at the party we went to). Turns out not watching the game was fine considering it ended up being pretty uneventful.

How was your weekend? Did you watch the Super Bowl and/or make any fun Super Bowl recipes?

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Woo-hoo Friday is here. This week, and past month for that matter, flew by… how is it already February?!? Anyhow, we have lots of fun things planned this weekend so I’m excited it’s here. Tomorrow I’ll be going to my first wedding dress fitting (yay!) and then Sunday we’re attending a Super Bowl party.

I’m not a huge football fan, unless I’m winning in Fantasy Football, but I like parties and party food so I’m game for the Super Bowl. When brainstorming ideas of what snack to bring to the party, I remembered a spinach dip that was mentioned at a healthy food demo I attended with work last week.

Super Bowl Vegan Spinach Dip

So glad I did — I tweaked the original recipe a bit and the end result turned out great.

Super Bowl Vegan Spinach Dip

Not only is this dip healthy and tasty, it’s also gluten-free, soy free, vegan and raw! The base of the dip is made of soaked cashews, which gives it a creamy, almost cheesy texture and flavor. The jicama gives it a nice crunch and the spinach adds a lovely green color and lots of essential nutrients. Super food for the Super Bowl!!

Super Bowl parties aren’t known for healthy eats so I’m super excited to make and bring this spinach dip to the one we’re attending on Sunday. Hopefully our friends will like it as much as they liked the pea guacamole or beet hummus I made a few years ago.

Super Bowl Vegan Spinach Dip

Healthy Super Bowl Dip – Vegan Spinach Dip
 
I found jicama at my local grocery store but if you can’t find it, you can leave it out of the recipe or substitute water chestnuts in its place. Adapted from Carpe Diem Wellness.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup cashews, soaked in water for 1-3 hours and drained
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut aminos (or tamari)
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1-2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons water, or more if necessary
  • 3 cups of raw baby spinach chopped
  • ⅓ cup jicama, peeled and chopped
  • ¼ cup scallions, chopped
Instructions
  1. Place soaked cashews, coconut aminos, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic in a food processor or blender and blend until creamy and smooth, adding water if necessary.
  2. Add in 2 cups of spinach, scallions, chopped jicama and puree for a few more seconds.
  3. Place mixture in a bowl and stir in remaining cup of spinach
  4. Adjust taste to your liking (add sea salt if needed or more lemon to make more sour)
  5. Chill for 1-2 hours in the fridge and serve with veggies, tortilla chips or crackers.

Note: I used coconut aminos for this recipe because it’s what I’ve been buying for the last few months as a substitute for soy sauce and Bragg’s liquid aminos. It’s gluten-free, lower in sodium and a bit sweeter than traditional soy sauce. That said, it adds a little sweetness to this dip, which I really enjoy. If you use tamari or regular soy sauce, you won’t notice that sweetness, but I’m sure the dip will taste just as  great.

Coconut Aminos

As mentioned, the dip is great paired with raw veggies like carrot sticks, cucumbers or chopped peppers. I’ve also been eating it plain or on salads.

For a party, you might want go the traditional route and serve it with chips and crackers… or negate all the healthfulness and place it in a Hawaiian bread bowl. <– My mom used to use these all the time to serve spinach dip for parties when I was growing up. Do you remember them? Don’t worry, they still make them! Although, I just went to their website and looked at the nutrition info and ingredient list — not EBF friendly, to say the least. :)

Super Bowl Vegan Spinach Dip

Are you attending a Super Bowl party? What’s your favorite game day food?

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