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Wounded Warrior Project Can Help Your Wallet and Waist Prepare for the Big Game

By James Herrera - Physical Health & Wellness Director, Wounded Warrior Project

The biggest event in football is almost upon us, and fans everywhere are getting ready. Couches and big-screen TVs are being positioned perfectly in living rooms, and party plans are being finalized. And when families and friends finally gather to watch the season-ending game, the million-dollar commercials, and the halftime show, they will also feast on snacks. Lots of snacks.

Last year, Americans spent billions on snack foods and beverages, including:

  • $2.3 billion on alcoholic beverages, including beer, wine, and liquor
  • $500 million on chips,
  • $82 million on chicken wings,
  • and $71 million on cheese snacks.Not only is that a massive chunk of money, but it’s also a ton of calories. To help you stretch some dollars – without stretching your pants – Physical Health and Wellness experts at Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) are sharing some of their favorite homemade snacks. Buying fresh, individual ingredients and making items yourself can save you money in the long run. And it’s typically healthier – just like these recipes. Best of all, these snack ideas are the right kind of healthy – they will be good to your waistline without your friends and relatives accusing you of ruining the party. Remember the wise words of Homer Simpson – you don’t win friends with salad.

 

Honey Garlic Glazed Chicken Wings

Ingredients

  • 2-3 pounds of chicken wings
  • 1 cup of honey
  • ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon garlic puree

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a large baking tray with aluminum foil, placing the wings onto the tray. Cook for 35 minutes, or until the wings get crispy.
  • Stir the garlic puree into the soy sauce and honey in a pot and heat until hot. Stir continually to get the garlic flavor consistent. Once the sauce is as you like it, set aside.
  • When the wings are ready, place them in a large container or bowl with the honey garlic sauce. Shake/stir until the wings are coated with sauce. You can garnish with sesame seeds if you like.

 

Mango-Guacamole Dip and Gluten-Free Chips

Ingredients

  • 1 bag of gluten free tortilla chips
  • 3 ripe avocados
  • ¼ cup onion, diced
  • 1 Roma tomato, diced
  • 1 mango, peeled and sliced into small chunks
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon lime juice
  • ½ jalapeno, sliced

Instructions

  • Cut the avocados in half and remove the pits. Leave the avocado inside the skin as you make diced-like cuts.
  • Scoop the avocado out with a spoon into a bowl. Add the onions, salt, jalapenos, lime juice, mango, and tomatoes and stir gently to combine. Stir in the cilantro.
  • Smash up the mixture, until it reaches the desired texture – some like it smooth, some like it chunky. You decide! Chill it, serve it, and enjoy it!
     

Buffalo Chicken Dip with Carrot Dippers

Ingredients

  • 6 boneless skinless organic chicken breasts
  • ⅓ cup hot sauce
  • ¼ cup low-fat organic blue cheese crumbles
  • 1 block nonfat organic cream cheese
  • 1 cup nonfat organic Greek yogurt

Instructions

  • Combine raw chicken, hot sauce, and cream cheese in a slow cooker on low for 4 hours.
  • Shred chicken and add blue cheese crumbles and yogurt. Then cook on high for 45 minutes.
  • Serve on warm setting with carrots for dipping.

 

Apple Pie Cheesecake Dip

Ingredients

  • 2 cups low-fat cottage cheese
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ tablespoon apple cider vinegar

Instructions

  • Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Pour into a dish or bowl, and cover and refrigerate for 8 hours.
  • Serve with sliced apples, strawberries, or crackers.

To learn about how WWP’s Physical Health and Wellness program is helping warriors with fitness and nutrition, visit https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/programs/physical-health-wellness.

 

About Wounded Warrior Project
Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) connects, serves, and empowers wounded warriors. Read more at http://newsroom.woundedwarriorproject.org/about-us.

 

 

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