Get Ready for the Madness

March Madness is imminent, as college basketball teams are competing for the same goal - to see their names on the NCAA tournament bracket revealed on Selection Sunday.

TBS will be announcing the 68-team NCAA tournament bracket on March 11 at 6 p.m. EST during their Selection Sunday Show. You are also able to live stream the show at NCAA.com or through the March Madness app.

The NCAA tournament kicks off on Tuesday, March 13 and Wednesday, March 14 with the "First Four" games and then continues until the end of the month.

You can get a blank printable bracket here to fill out during the Selection Show.

 

NOW ONTO THE FESTIVITIES

Thinking of throwing a viewing party for you and your buddies? Create a memorable day of competition with these five recipes to show your friends what a great host you are.

 

You can't have a party without starting off with chips and dip. This calls for Maca Guac[amole]!

1. Maca Guacamole

 

Ingredients:

- 2-3 avocados

- 1 Roma tomato

- 1/2 red onion, minced

- 3 tsp Nature Restore Maca powder

- 2 limes, juiced

- 1 tsp sea salt

- 1 clove of garlic, crushed

 

How to:

  1. Mash the avocados with a fork. Add remaining ingredients and enjoy immediately.

 

2. Camu Camu Berry Lemonade

 

Ingredients:

- 2 tbsp Nature Restore Camu Camu powder

- ½ tbsp Nature Restore Stevia extract

- ⅓ C lemon juice

- 2 tbsp agave nectar

- 1 quart water

 

How to:

  1. Blend all together, adding more sweetener to taste. Chill before serving.

 

3. Sugar-free Caramelized Nuts

 

Ingredients:

- 3 C raw nuts of choice

- 1 tsp sea salt

- 1 tbsp cinnamon

- 1 tsp vanilla essence

- 1 C Nature Restore Stevia extract

- 1/4 C water

 

How to:

  1. Place a large frying pan or deep pot on medium heat. When hot, add the stevia, sea salt, cinnamon, and water. Mix until fully combined. Allow to heat up, stirring occasionally.
  2. When the sweetener is completely melted, add the nuts and mix thoroughly. Continue stirring until the nuts have been evenly coated and the sugar begins to crystallize.
  3. Remove the pan from heat and let sit for 1-2 minutes. Using a spatula, stir once more to avoid large clusters and set aside to cool completely.

 

4. Turmeric Chicken Wings

Ingredients:

- 12 chicken wings

- 4 tbsp honey

- 4 tbsp soy sauce

- 2 tsp Nature Restore Turmeric powder

- 1 tsp cumin

- 1 tsp coriander

- 2 tbs fresh lime juice

- 2 tbs grated fresh ginger

- 4 garlic cloves, minced

- 1 tbsp grated lemongrass

 

How to:

  1. In a small dish, whisk together marinade ingredients.
  2. Remove wing tips from chicken drummettes and add all pieces to the marinade. Marinate in the refrigerator for about 1-2 hours or overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 375F. Transfer the chicken to a baking dish and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the meat is golden brown.
  4. Serve warmed.
 

Your blood pressure is probably running a bit high from all the excitement from the games. Simmer down a bit with some dessert!

 

5. Chocolate Red Beet Cheesecake

 

Ingredients:

Crust:

-  ½ cup raw almonds

- 1 medjool date, pitted

- 1 tbsp maple syrup

- 1 tbsp coconut oil, liquified

- 1 tbsp cocoa powder

 

Filling:

- ¾ cup raw cashews, pre-soaked & strained

- 5 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond milk

- 3 tbsp maple syrup

- 3 tbsp coconut oil, liquified

- 1 tsp vanilla extract

- ½ tsp salt

- 2-3 tsp Nature Restore Red Beet powder

 

How to:

  1. Process all crust ingredients in a food processor. Transfer into a 5" springform pan and press down into an even flat crust. Freeze while working on next step.
  2. Make sure all ingredients are at room temperature. Blend everything together in for a smooth creamy consistency. Adjust the pink hue to your liking (by adding more or less red beet powder). Transfer this mixture into the springform pan over the crust.
  3. Freeze for 5-6 hours or overnight. Keep frozen until serving time. Keep any leftovers frozen.