Saturday, February 4, 2012

Chicken Wings are a Very Healthy Food for your Super Bowl Party

It’s Super Bowl Sunday! You vacuum the house, dust the lamps, and clean off the big screen television in the living room, and position the sofa to get the best view and celebrate the New York Giants bringing home another Super Bowl. The cooler is full of ice with bottles of soda and beer that are ready to be opened and guzzled down to quench your thirst as we cheer each 1st down, one handed catch and especially each point added to the score board by Big Blue. The fryer is filled to the right level with peanut oil for the chicken wings to take an 8-9 minute bath before being drowned in butter and Frank’s Red Hot Sauce (or any other hot sauce of your choice) for the perfect Buffalo Wing. The napkins are laid down next to the plates on the 8ft folding table to wipe your face and fingers with.

Eating nutritionally dense super foods like Kale, Chia Seeds, Acai, Wheat Grass, and plenty other things that are good for me and the family have been a great behavior I do for 99.9% of the year. While on most days including Sunday, I enjoy getting my super foods with Shakeology. On Super Bowl Sunday, I will be enjoying the day with my family and enjoying something that I have eaten way back when my father had a Chinese Restaurant, the Chicken Wing. Actaully, I did not learn about Buffalo Wings until I went to college. Now on special occasions like the National Football League’s Championship Game, I remember the insightful words of the Wing King, Drew Cerza, “Psychologically, chicken wings are a very “healthy food”, physically you have to do it in moderation.”

My 2 boys now have started to enjoy wings, and this year we plan to pay homage to the city that created the Buffalo Wing, Buffalo, NY, for the National Wing Festival. Here is the spot from Food Network’s Unwrapped.

As you dunk your wings in blue cheese sauce, about to suck the meat off the bone and wash it down with the beverage of choice.

WARNING: STOP reading if you don’t want to be horrified and spoil the rest of the day.
Six pieces of Buffalo Wings – 480 calories
1 Tablespoon of Blue Cheese Sauce - 79 calories
12 oz of Beer – 50 calories for Light Beer all the way to 300 calories
8oz of Coca Cola – 97 calories
6-8 Nachos with Cheese- 346 calories
4oz Chili – 269 calories

I am going to stop here. Enough said. All I can say, “Moderation!”

Here is a basic sauce recipe for 50 Buffalo Wings:

• 2 tablespoon butter
• 1 large shallot
• 3 garlic cloves
• 2 oz. dark beer (or bourbon your choice)
• 1 cup chili sauce
• 1 cup BBQ sauce
• 1 ½ teaspoon Ancho chili pepper
• ½ cup brown sugar
• ½ cup honey
• 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
• 4 oz. cayenne pepper sauce (I like Frank’s Red Hot)

Fry the chicken based on your Frying Machine, and as you drop the chicken, you can prep the sauce.

Prepping the Sauce
• Chop up and sauté:
• Butter, shallot & garlic cloves
• Add & stir for 1 minute:
• Dark beer, chili sauce & BBQ sauce
• Add & stir for 2 minutes:
• Ancho chili pepper, brown sugar, honey, Worcestershire sauce, and cayenne pepper sauce
• Put the sauce in a big bowl

Once the chicken is done cooking, place in the bowl with the sauce and toss. Place the wings on a plate with carrots, celery and blue cheese dressing. Enjoy

Just keep in mind to eat in moderation, drink plenty of water and cheer on your favorite team. If your favorite team is other than the Giants, I predict that you will have heartburn Sunday night! Always check with your healthcare team to make sure you are healthy, exercise and eat right. It’s about doing the right things most of the time, and enjoying special treats when appropriate.

By the way, nevermind the 10 miles I will run in the morning and the P90X2 workout I will be doing after the game.  Enjoy the game, family and friends.  Go Giants!


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