Recipe Round-up of 10 healthy, delicious and simple Super Bowl Snacks
Whether you are a fan or not, Super Bowl Sunday is a fun time to gather with friends and family. As two teams compete to become the Super Bowl Champions, people gather around the TV to watch the game, critique the commercials, enjoy the half-time show, and to indulge on a large spread of snacks.
All of this celebrating can be a big set-back to your healthy eating plan. However, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the game and the snacks AND stay on track. If you are attending a party or hosting your own, here is a round up of some easy, delicious snacks that will help you stay stick to your plan without depriving yourself of tasty treats.
Wings are all the rage from Buffalo to honey mustard, people love wings. But wings can be high in fat (the deep-fried versions) and quite messy, so I often use strips of chicken breast to make boneless wings. If you prefer dark meat, boneless, skinless thighs can be used instead.
This simple recipe for baked boneless wings is quick to prepare and can be easily modified to vary the flavors. For those who need a gluten-free alternative, rice flour can substitute for the regular flour and crushed gluten-free crackers or cereal can be used instead of the panko.
I have also used shredded, unsweetened coconut in place of panko for a crunchy, slightly sweet coconut chicken.
Who doesn't love a good meatball? And, yes, even healthy ones can be delicious. Try these baked turkey spinach meatballs. They are simple to make and can be used in many ways. Use them for meatball sliders, top them with marinara and mozzarella and bake until the cheese is melted, toss them with your favorite sauce and keep some toothpicks handy for easy serving, or serve with pocket bread, tzatziki sauce, sliced onion and tomatoes for a healthy twist on a gyro.
Don't be afraid to change up this recipe a bit - ground beef or chicken can be used instead of turkey and you can vary the seasonings to suit your taste.
Shrimp cocktail is a healthy standby, but is somewhat ho-hum for a Super Bowl party. Kick it up a notch with this recipe. This is quick to prepare, high in protein, and full of flavor and even includes a simple cocktail sauce recipe.
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Everyone loves a good dip but they don't all have to be high-fat, high-calorie cheese dips. I love this Mediterranean 7-layer dip. It is layered with hummus and fresh veggies and full of fiber and healthy fat.
Sliced cucumbers, carrot coins, and strips of red peppers can replace pita chips for a delicious, low-carb alternative.
Snack mixes are great munchies, but they are often high in sodium, chemicals, and unhealthy fats.
Use this recipe as a basic foundation to create your own mix. Choose your favorite nuts and dried fruit to toss together with whole grain cereal, pretzels, or mini crackers. Season with herbs and spices to add a boost of flavor. Cinnamon and a pinch of ground cloves highlight the sweetness or try some garlic powder and crushed rosemary for a savory sensation.
Spray the mix with olive oil spray and bake in a low oven for about 15 minutes for a simple way to get the seasonings to stick and boost flavor. As nuts and dried fruit are high in calories, serve in small cups to control portion sizes. This not only helps control mindless munching on high-calorie snacks, but also provides an easy way to grab the snack and bring it to the couch to munch on. Plus, it prevents a bunch of hands reaching into the same snack bowl.
These potato skins are a healthy alternative to the standard fried, cheese filled skins that were once on every menu.
These use sweet potatoes for a good boost of vitamin A and guacamole to add healthy fats and plenty of flavor. Roasted, sliced sweet potatoes could stand in for the skins.
Stuffed mushrooms are simple to grab and are delicious warm or at room temperature. Two of these come in at under 150 calories.
You can prepare these ahead of time and warm them up right before game time.
I love Thai food and I love lettuce wraps, and this recipe puts them both together. I usually use pre-cooked shredded chicken for my lettuce wraps, but this recipe offers a quick way to cook everything together. I also add a bunch of fresh ginger to mine, but make them according to your taste. She offers plenty of ideas for substitutions on the site.
Hint - if you decide to make these, make some extra filling. Lettuce wraps make a great lunch! Pack the filling and lettuce separately, then load up the leaves at lunch time. They are delicious cold and will give you plenty of fuel to face the afternoon.
So you have plenty of savory snacks, what about something sweet? Brownies are a hit with most people and there are many ways to make them a bit more healthy. I have tried all sorts of recipes for healthier brownies, including those that use beets, black beans, and even avocados. And while I have liked most of them (I believe there are no bad brownies, some are just better than others!), I am not sure they would pass the test for true brownie fans.
These, though NOT healthy, are HEALTHIER and still taste like brownies.
They still have plenty of fat and sugar to truly taste like brownies, but also include Greek yogurt and oats for some healthy substitutes. Dark chocolate too - and that's good for you, right?
Three ingredient peanut butter cookies are super easy and kind of healthy, as far as cookies go. This recipe includes some tasty mix-ins to change them up a bit. I like shaping them into football shapes then piping white chocolate on them to look like the laces (make sure they are completely cool first). I have also tried this recipe with almond butter and cashew butter and they turned out great.
So there you have it - 10 delicious and healthy recipes to share during your Super Bowl Celebration. Enjoy!
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