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Healthy Super Bowl Snacks…And Do You Live Your Life on the Sidelines?

Written by Erin Porter

I posted this last year, but a lot has changed since then.  Not only is it updated with additional amazing healthy snacks like guacamole, white queso dip, and spinach artichoke dip, but I’m hoping since some of you read this post last year, you are not only healthier, but are out there enjoying life!  And whether you are watching super bowl this year or not, these recipes are still the perfect party food for any occasion when entertaining, yet still trying to eat healthy.  

There are few things less painful than knowing you are living your life on the sidelines.  For those of you that are extroverts, living life to it’s fullest comes easy to you and I have always admired you from the sidelines.  But for the rest of us, you know, the cautions ones, life can sometimes be a little less rewarding.  We are the ones who have to analyze every decision and even sometimes every word before it’s spoken in order to weigh out any potential embarrassment.  And while you are waiting, analyzing the potential threat, you are also watching your life pass you by.   After all, most introverts have an inner extrovert dying to come out, or at least I did!  I am well versed on this topic as  I spent half of my life on the sidelines.  I took public speaking classes and watched with awe as people honed their skills when I couldn’t even manage to stand up and introduce myself.  I joined that class twice with high hopes that I could push through the fear, but I quit both times when it was my time to stand before the class.  I just couldn’t do it.  That was for other people.  I was the one in the meetings watching others blurt out the fantastic idea (or joke) I had, but was too unsure of myself to present it.  I sat off to the side watching people living out MY dream!  Before I learned photography I actually remember thinking that skill was somehow for other people who had some sort of natural talent I was sure I didn’t have.   I thought blogs were for people with real writing talent, not for someone like me.  Learning guitar was for people who could could sing as well.  Dance lessons were for other people with more rhythm.  So I disqualified myself from many of the things that would bring my life excitement and joy!  Sound familiar?

So what changed?  Many years ago I heard the eight life changing words that helped transform my life.  If you follow my blog you already know what they are. And that is “ten percent of people will not like you” .  They simply will not like you no matter how great you may be.   So essentially you are living your life on the sidelines as to make sure you don’t do or say anything wrong and have to face rejection.  Whether you are in or out of the game that 10% still exists.  You will still face rejection and some people who will not like you.  But I came to realize in the game is where you really start to like yourself and once that happens it’s a game changer!  Doors start to open you thought could never open for you.  I think it’s when we lose our fear of rejection that we can let loose and be ourselves. Thats when incredible things started to happen. When I was inevitably faced with having to speak in front of people I not only didn’t “die” , but even found I kind of enjoyed it, which is a miracle in itself.  After years of practice I can now take a decent picture! I write regardless of the fact that I don’t have any formal education in writing, and I dance even though I’m pretty crappy at it!  But who cares?   Because life now is so much more sweet, and FUN when you stop censoring yourself.  We weren’t made to be spectators only.

If you saw yourself in this post, I say come on over and get in the game and forget about what others may think of you.  In the game is where all the fun is.  It’s where all the chances are taken, it’s where you are stretched, and where you find out what you are capable of.  It’s where your self esteem soars, it’s where you will sometimes get rejected and where you learn you can handle it.  It’s also where you find out what your weaknesses are.    It’s where you learn that in spite of those weaknesses, you like yourself anyway!  Don’t let life pass you by, and I expect to see YOU in the game!


If you plan to keep your healthy eating on course during Super Bowl, here are some healthy snacks your friends will love!  Click below to see recipes.

Pretzel Dogs

Berry Cobbler

Easy Salsa

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich

BBQ Chicken Pizza

Healthy Corn Free Nachos

Crock pot Chili

Classic Vanilla Cupcakes

Grilled Artichoke with Aioli

Some additional healthy snacks for superbowl!

Spinach Artichoke Dip

A Healthier White Queso Dip

Simple Guacamole



Erin Porter
Erin Porter
I have been fortunate to be featured on national Television including PBS American Health Journal, Know the Cause, CTN, ABC, NBC, CBS and more. I was sick for decades, endured many surgeries, took over 100 courses of antibiotics, and then I changed everything and everything changed.

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I have been fortunate to be featured on national Television including PBS American Health Journal, Know the Cause, CTN, ABC, NBC, CBS and more. I was sick for decades, endured many surgeries, took over 100 courses of antibiotics, and then I changed everything and everything changed. My book Eat Pray Get Well is about overcoming a tumultuous childhood, decades of chronic illness, and finding God in the process. Includes exclusive interviews with renowned Cardiologist Dr. Stephen Sinatra, Supermodel Carol Alt, Doug Kaufmann, and many more. Plus 55 gluten free recipes woven throughout. 

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