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DHSS Press Release

Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Pager 302-357-7498
Email: jill.fredel@delaware.gov

Date: January 28, 2014



DOVER (January 27, 2014) - Whether you are a Bronco or a Seahawk or just like to watch the game, the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) reminds Delawareans to add healthy recipes to their snack line-ups to score touchdowns against obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

"Super Bowl parties can still be fun and delicious without food that is high in calories, fat, and sugar," said DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay. "By re-thinking their recipes, Delawareans can stay on track with their New Year's dietary resolutions and introduce healthier options for guests to try."

The 5-2-1-Almost None effort to prevent obesity calls for eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day; spending no more than two hours a day in front of a screen; getting one or more hours of physical activity daily; and drinking almost no sugary beverages.

Daily calories should be high in fiber, low in sugar and sodium, and contain essential vitamins and minerals. Most fruits and vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories and are filling because they are high in fiber. Try the attached healthy recipes, remembering to make wise recipe substitutions:

Shift the focus away from food by incorporating other activities. Before the pre-game show, play a pick-up game of tag football. During half-time, record the famous commercials and walk around the block. Let guests paint their faces in team colors or help you prepare food to keep everyone busy. And, enjoy these healthy recipes:

Fajita-Spiced Roasted Chickpeas (from www.herbielikesspaghetti.com)

Preheat oven to 450° F. Rest rinsed chickpeas on paper towel, dabbing off excess water. Let air dry for about 15 minutes.

Mix the spices together in a small bowl. Then, place the chickpeas in a mixing bowl, drizzle on the olive oil, and throw in the spices. Mix together until the spices are evenly distributed. Put the chickpeas in a baking dish in one layer. Place the baking dish in the oven. Roast the chickpeas for 20 minutes. Then, using a spoon, turn the chickpeas over. Cook for another 20 or so minutes, until the chickpeas are very dry and crispy but not burnt. Watch them carefully!

Remove the chickpeas from the baking dish after cooking, and serve!

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Low Fat, No Mayo, Spinach and Artichoke Dip (from www.herbielikesspaghetti.com)

Preheat oven to 375° F. Chop up the spinach into small pieces, and mince up the garlic. In a non-stick pan over medium heat, heat the olive oil, and sauté the spinach and garlic until the spinach wilts (just a few minutes).

Combine the sour cream, cream cheese, and Monterey jack cheese in a mixing bowl. Add the spinach and garlic.

Chop the artichoke hearts into small bite-sized pieces and add to the mixing bowl with the spinach and cheeses.

Add the paprika, cayenne, coriander, salt, and pepper. Stir until everything is combined.

Place the mixture in a baking dish and top with extra Colby jack cheese if desired. Place the baking dish in the oven and bake for 20-30 minutes, until the cheese is browned on the top

Fruit Infused Water (from http://tonedandfit.net/2013/03/14/make-your-own-fruit-infused-water/)

Mix water, ice and any combination mentioned below (or create your own.) Pour into water bottle or dispenser. Leave the fruit, veggies, and/or herbs in the container all day, refilling with water and ice as needed.

For a large batch of infused water, fill a pitcher with water, mix in some chopped up fruits, veggies, and/or herbs and let it sit in the fridge for 2 - 8 hours (depending on how strong you want the flavor to be.)

Another method is to take your ingredients (fruit, veggies, herbs) and puree them. Use a sieve to strain the pulp, dilute with water, and sip with a straw.

Infused Water Combinations:

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