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Lately I've been thinking a lot about traditions. Traditions — a special moment in life that you can carry along with you and pass along too. I have a friend that started a Friday tradition, she and I and a group of friends get together every Friday - same place, same time - even if just for an hour to catch up on the week. I look forward to that time so much, and honestly, when I'm traveling, it's one of the things I miss the most.
As the holidays have come and gone (and as Mardi Gras season approaches in New Orleans) traditions are on my mind again... I've started to notice the little things we do to mark the arrival of an event. A good example: in New Orleans, there's so many things that we do as Carnival approaches, the foods we eat, the music we play... all of those things count as traditions. Since I spent so much time home over the holiday there's another tradition that I found myself participating in, and seriously, you couldn't guess this one if you tried. 😉
Here's a hint: it's an activity that takes over eeevvvverything on Sundays... involves lots of food and dressing up and energy and excitement! Got it? Yes, FOOTBALL! (Okay so the dress up part is a stretch, but wearing team colors is a tradition in itself!)
I'll be back home again for the big game weekend and all of that energy got me thinking - there are countless ways to throw a good party - but how about throwing a healthy football party AND! how much fun would it be to start a tradition of hosting a "New Traditions" party?! Besides it's a good excuse to have friends and family over on a game day am I right?
Whether your guests are football fans or not, there's joy simply in getting your people together to enjoy each other. As I started planning my own "New Traditions" party I started thinking ... what's are my traditions? What band is always on my party playlist (for me it's Hall & Oats), what healthy snacks do I always include (for me it's Snack Factory® Pretzel Crips®, Late July® Tortilla Chips and Kettle Brand® Potato Chips) what drinks do I make, and what activities can I carry over from party to party?
I love making quick vegan dips too, to elevate my snack game (quick and easy options):
No Dairy Cilantro Dill Dip (for the Pretzels, but really this can go with any crunchy snack and I've listed out the recipe for you at the close of this post)
Mint & Berry Chutney (for the Potato Chips // I keep mint in my kitchen always and add to my mama-in-laws chutney or jams, you can always mix in to a store bought chutney too)
Lentil & Pinto Bean Dip (for the Tortilla Chips // I pull herbs straight from herb garden to chop and stir in)
To help you get started on creating your own new traditions, I listed out some of my ideas below and quite a few of these are good for your body too!
Get outside - Before the game begins play a game of capture the flag or touch football out on the front lawn.
Halftime Dance Party - At halftime crank up the tunes and get everyone moving. It's extra fun to pretend to be a back up dancer for whoever is performing the halftime show.
Commercial Bingo - Make a simple bingo sheet, cross off a square when you see specific companies' commercials. The commercials are a part of the fun of the game right?!
Host a cook-off - Or a cocktail contest. I love having friends in the kitchen, and it'll keep those that care a bit less about the game engaged too.
Do you have a game day tradition of your own, or thinking of starting one? Tell me all about it in the comments below!
No Dairy Cilantro Dill Dip
First stock up on pretzels, chips and the snacks of your choosing
1 cup coconut, almond or cashew yogurt
2 tablespoons nut milk of your choice
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon dill
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
squeeze of lemon
In a medium bowl, whisk the yogurt and milk to combine.
Whisk in the dill, lemon juice, salt, and cilantro until well distributed. Cover and chill for 1 hour and it's ready to go!
*opening photo Chelsea Rochelle