NSGA's Personal Best initiative inspires lifelong health and fitness with profiles of Senior Games athletes who are successful examples of healthy, active aging. Nutrition is an important component, so NSGA partnered with the Louisiana Senior Olympic Games to ask athletes in bayou country to submit great tasting alternatives to the traditional recipes there that are not always as health-conscious. Alexandra Stafford of Metairie, La. submitted a simple yet elegant recipe, which you will find below. Please read the full Athlete Profile at our Personal Best page.
We are grateful to nationally recognized healthy culinary expert Holly Clegg, a Louisiana chef and author of the award-winning and bell-selling Trim & Terrific cookbook series, for her assistance and expertise with the recipe selection. As a bonus, below you will find three favorite recipes she has generously shared with us. Enjoy!
By Alexandra Stafford, 2015 Personal Best Athlete
My family loves this dish as it seals in all the flavors and is very light in calories. One can successfully use salmon or other flesh fish as well. I hope you like this easy to do recipe!
No time to cook? Open up cans of corn and tomatoes, and toss in shrimp for this simple yet superb tomato-based soup.
Makes 12 (1-cup) servings
Nutritional information per serving:
Calories 162, Calories from fat (%) 8, Fat (g) 1, Saturated Fat (g) 0, Cholesterol (mg) 112, Sodium (mg) 825, Carbohydrate (g) 24, Dietary Fiber (g) 3, Sugars (g) 6, Protein (g) 15, Diabetic Exchanges: 1 1/2 starch, 1 1/2 very lean meat
TERRIFIC TIDBIT: This recipe is only 6 ingredients! Just open cans of corn and tomatoes, toss in shrimp for this simple yet superb soup.
Restaurant friendly recipe with no fuss and lots of flavor in this quick dish. Any fresh fish may be used such as grouper, halibut, tilapia, trout or catfish.
Makes 4 servings
Tip: Fish is done when center is white and opaque—and no longer translucent.
Nutritional information: Calories 232 Calories from fat 36% Fat 9g Saturated Fat 1g Cholesterol 63mg Sodium 395mg Carbohydrate 3g Dietary Fiber 2g Sugars 0g Protein 34g Dietary Exchanges: 4 1/2 lean meat
This deliciously zesty crawfish dip is an amazingly diverse recipe that may be used as a casual dip or served over rice for flavor filled meal. With a light tomato white sauce and a touch of heat, this dynamic dip is the perfect crowd pleaser.
Makes 16 (1/4-cup) servings
Nutritional information per serving: Calories 69, Calories from fat (%) 34, Fat (g) 3, Saturated Fat (g) 1, Cholesterol (mg) 43, Sodium (mg) 122, Carbohydrate (g) 5, Dietary Fiber (g) 1, Sugars (g) 2, Protein (g) 6, Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 carbohydrate, 1 lean meat
Healthy eating habits, along with exercise are the key to a long and rewarding life. So many of us, however, have a hard time knowing what to make and how to make foods that taste great and are great for you. If you have a delicious healthy recipe, then we want you to share it!
All recipes that are posted on the website will also be included in the monthly e-newsletter.