“Food is an important part of a balanced diet,” according to journalist Fran Leibovitz, in a quote that I consider representative of one of my core beliefs, when added to “food is the best medicine”. Yes, whenever possible, I’d prefer to lead a healthy life through the right food choices, instead of by taking medications.
This is why two very interesting food studies caught my attention this week and I think they will show you how to host a very healthy Super Bowl Party on Sunday. The first study says that we should drink beer to ward off Alzheimer’s disease. It was found that an ingredient in beer hops protects cells from free radicals and neurotoxicity. Therefore, by serving beer to your guests on Sunday, you will help them to preserve a healthy mind.
The other study claims that a glass of red wine is equivalent in health benefits to an hour at the gym. Can you stand all of this good news? It makes me want to raise a glass right now in a toast to healthy parties, after hanging up my coat on the treadmill.
Oh, and since I never like to leave you without a meal to chew on, the photo above shows last night’s dinner, pulled from the pages of the current Food Network Magazine. It’s Slow-Cooker Soy Citrus Chicken, and if you really wanted to get carried away with preparing a healthy Super Bowl party, I believe you could easily substitute wings for the chicken thighs in the recipe and have a tasty, sweet and spicy appetizer to serve guests, without the fat of fried wings. Just skip the noodles and watercress because, while beer, wine, and slow-cooked wings make for healthier Super Bowl choices, rice noodles and watercress just don’t belong on that buffet table.