The theme of our recent cooking class was “Cooking for the Super Bowl,” and we whipped up some delicious drink and snack options to enjoy as you watch the big game. Whichever team you’re rooting for this year, you can’t lose with these recipes!

The mango-date energy bites are a great snack when a craving for sweetness occurs. One energy bite hits the spot! And, dates have many nutrients while offering a sweet taste at the same time. Dates are high in vitamin A/beta carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, iron, potassium and calcium.

Cashews, found in our mango-energy bites and hot turmeric toddy recipes, are heart healthy and a good source of unsaturated fats. Cashews are also a great source of magnesium, which is good for bone health.

Hot Turmeric Toddy

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups organic cashew or coconut milk
  • 1 tsp dried organic turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground organic ginger
  • sprinkle with organic cinnamon (or for a spicier twist, sprinkle with chili powder)
  • 1 tsp Raw Organic Honey or a few drops Liquid Stevia (to taste)

Directions:

  1. Place milk in saucepan over low heat
  2. Add turmeric, ginger, cinnamon (honey here if using) and stir well
  3. Let milk simmer slightly (be careful not to burn the bottom of the milk) and continue to stir for another 1-2 minutes,
  4. Turn off heat, cover, and let mixture sit for 3-5 minutes
  5. Pour into your favorite mug, stir in stevia (If using)
  6. Serve warm

Mango-Date Energy Bites

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups pitted whole dates
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1 cup dried mango or other dried fruit
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Directions:

  1. Process dates, cashews, mango (or other fruit) and salt in a food processor until finely chopped. Form into about 20 balls, using 2 tablespoons each.

Nutrition Information:

  • Serving size: 1 ball
  • Per serving: 73 calories 3 g fat(1 g sat); 1 g fiber; 11 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 6 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 9 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 150 IU vitamin A; 0 mg vitamin C; 8 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 35 mg sodium; 78 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: ½ fruit, ½ fat