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Ahh,the joys of fall...with picnics, football games and tailgating parties it’s fun for the whole family! But don’t forget your health...here’s how to pack delicious AND nutritious picnics to boost immunity before cold and flu season.
Fall...the season of children peeping out from under piles of leaves, football games and the long-awaited tailgating parties!
Tailgating is a great American pre-game tradition, where fans create spontaneous parties in the stadium parking lot. This tradition centers around more than delicious picnic food...it’s a time to connect with family, friends and fans in the community.
So how did tailgating start?
Well, the stories vary from a Princeton-Rutgers game in 1869 to a Yale game in 1904. But nevertheless, we all know how much fun tailgating can be!
Tailgating meals can be simple, elaborate or anything in between. Everyone has different tastes when it comes to the types of foods you bring. But one thing’s for sure...most tailgating parties are packed with sugar and processed foods.
A typical tailgating meal might look like this:
We agree that these processed foods probably taste good, but did you know that they also damage your health and immunity?
Processed foods, sugar and poor food combinations (like hamburgers or hot dogs on buns) all create an acidic condition in your blood that sets the stage for weight gain, illness and dis-eases, like cancer, osteoporosis, candida (systemic fungal infection that affects 70% of Americans!).
The fats in these foods are truly poisonous and lead to all kinds of problems including hormone imbalances, low libido, vision problems, old age brain issues like Alzheimer’s, heart problems, and infertility. Actually this list goes on and on.
You might be thinking, “well yes, but it’s only once in awhile.” We agree and yet, we can give you a tailgating picnic makeover that has all the great taste, but that also BOOSTS your energy, health and immunity!
Next time you go on a tailgating party, use this list (and our tailgating recipes!) to pack a healthy picnic for your family and friends.
Here is the tailgating picnic makeover:
For a delicious drink that tastes like Sprite, but has whopping health benefits, use 2 oz. of Coco-Biotic, some sparkling water, lime and Stevia (see tailgating recipes, below). Just a little Coco-Biotic builds your immunity, helps you digest your food and gives you all the energy you’ll need to cheer for the big game. Say cheers to your health with Coco-Biotic!
This tailgating picnic makeover is a great example of food combining done properly. It also contains the kinds of foods that will have you feeling your best, so you can enjoy your food, the game and overall health!
Here are some great tailgating recipes that are delicious, satisfying and healthy:
Yield: 4 Burgers
To make the mustard sauce, whisk the mustard, dry mustard, stevia and vinegar together in a medium-size bowl.
Slowly add the oil, continuing to whisk the mixture until it is thick and well blended. Stir in the dill. Cover and refrigerate at least one hour.
Place the turkey and salt in a medium-size bowl and mix well. Divide the mixture into four equal size patties.
Heat the coconut oil (or butter) in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the patties and cook for five to seven minutes. Turn the burgers over and continue to cook another five minutes, or until they are no longer pink inside when cut with a knife.
Serve the burgers hot, topped with sweet mustard sauce
To use Body Ecology's Culture Starter:
Are you wondering why honey or some type of sweetener would be used in this recipe?
The reason is that healthy microflora actually need food to grow, just like us. Microflora like sweets, like sugars, and they "eat" the sugar up in the fermentation process, leaving us with all the healthy benefits of fermented foods.
To learn more about feeding healthy microflora with prebiotics, read: How to Make Your Gut Most Inviting to Healthy Probiotics
Many kimchi recipes have large amounts of chili powder, salt and other spices that can inhibit the growth of healthy microflora in the initial stages of fermentation. At Body Ecology, we believe that the most potent method of fermenting foods is to use a starter culture. As for salt...we do love high quality sea salt - like the highly recommended Celtic Sea Salt -- but we add it after the veggies are fermented and before eating them (if desired). The end product is teeming with the beneficial microflora that aids our health and vitality.
1 cup organic extra virgin olive oil
½ cup unrefined apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. Dill
1 tsp. Sea Salt or Herbamare
Combine all ingredients and whisk together. This mixture can be made ahead of time and stored in your refrigerator until needed.
Coco-Biotic Energy Drink (makes 1 glass)
2 oz. Coco-Biotic
½ cup sparkling mineral water
Slice of lime
Stevia to taste
Combine all ingredients into one glass, squeeze the lime into your drink and start out with just two drops of Stevia. Taste and add more stevia, one drop at a time until you have an energizing drink with your desired level of sweetness!
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