Tips for a Healthy Super Bowl Party
Here are some easy snack ideas to include in your party for Game Day, seeing that you are a savvy snacker these days:
· Baked kale chips (tear off fresh kale leaves into bite sized pieces, place on a baking tray with some olive oil, sea salt, chili flakes; mix it all together and spread evenly on the pan for ~10 min until golden brown in a 350 deg oven); black or green olives; grilled and roasted veggies; fresh fruit like berries with Greek yogurt dip sprinkled with cinnamon; air-popped popcorn drizzled with truffle oil and sea salt; boiled eggs; sushi rolls filled with brown rice, avocado, cucumber, carrots.
· Make sure that your ‘chips’ are made with a few simple ingredients and try to purchase whole grain tortilla chips if you can! Baked corn chips and flax or rice crackers are great options.
· No Super Bowl party is complete without a creamy dip, but heavy cheese or sour cream don’t need to be your dips’ base. Here are some lighter options: hummus, roasted eggplant spread, guacamole, salsa, Greek yogurt dip (add fresh herbs and spices like garlic, dill and lemon juice), black bean dip – and of course, tons of crunchy veggies to go with them!
· Go nuts! Adding a variety of nuts to your spread is an effortless way to incorporate some healthy and filling protein and fat to the menu. To add a touch of portion control, try nuts with shells like pistachios, or cacao dusted almonds for those with a sweet tooth.
· Don’t get delivery: make it in your kitchen! While you might be tempted to order in a few pies from your local pizzeria, making pizza at home can be a much healthier but still delicious option, since you control the ingredients. Add toppings like BBQ Chicken, veggies, garlic – get creative! If you’re crunched for time or just not in the mood to cook, you can pick up a healthy pizza from the frozen food section of the grocery store.
· Crunch on some crudités: perfect to pair with healthful dips, or just to munch on their own. Colorful raw veggies are packed with fiber and bulk up your plate: carrots, cucumber, bell pepper strips, grape tomatoes, celery sticks, mushrooms, cauliflower, broccoli, yum!
· It’s all about the shrimp: the players on the field aren’t the only ones who benefit from filling up on lean protein. You and your guests will love the extra energy and low cal pump that shrimp bring. Perfect to dip into some spicy cocktail sauce and fresh lemon! Shrimp can be grilled or steamed for different flavors.
· Choose a more colorful chili: this simple dish can feed dozens of hungry guests. Depending on how you prepare it, it can be loaded with fiber, protein and veggies like bell peppers, onions (but shhh don’t tell!). Depending on who is attending, you can whip up a veggie chili or add ground turkey breast, and top with sliced green onions, low fat cheese or sour cream, chopped tomatoes. Corn muffins match this dish well!
· Sliders and minis: you can still serve everyone’s favorite meat-centric dishes, and keeping the portions small provides everyone with the tastes they crave without overloading on the calories. If you prepare ahead, you can create bite-size nibbles, kabobs, plump shrimp and tiny sandwiches. Try ground lamb, which is nutrient rich and packed with nutrients and flavor, topped with salsa and avocados or guacamole. How about turkey meatballs, grilled chicken drumsticks or chicken sausage pieces with toothpicks! Mini burgers can be topped with wilted spinach and caramelized onions.
· Sip smart: while beer commercials might try to sway you otherwise, remember that you don’t want to drink all of your calories. Here are some festive concoctions that will keep you hydrated: mint and green herbal teas, sparkling water with lemon, lime and orange wedges.
· Sweets: you don’t have to serve that store-bought football-shaped monstrosity of a cake to cater to your guests’ sweet tooth. Try brownies filled with antioxidant-rich cocoa powder, perhaps topped with a green avocado topping. Even better, fresh fruit skewers for dessert, with strawberries and blueberries to accompany your sweets.
Some Delish Recipes!
Makes 3 cups
2 cans (15.5 ounces each) garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup tahini (sesame seed paste)
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup water
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 Tablespoon Franks Red Hot cayenne pepper sauce
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Blend ingredients until smooth. Serve with bean chips, carrots & celery sticks.
Almond Butter & Chocolate Popcorn
Makes 6 servings
6 cups air-popped popcorn
4 Tablespoons dark chocolate chips, melted
2 Tablespoons natural almond butter, warmed
Place popcorn on baking sheet. Drizzle with chocolate and nut butter. Let set in fridge for 10 minutes. Enjoy.