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5 Healthy Twists on Classic Super Bowl Snacks

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5 Healthy Twists on Classic Super Bowl Snacks

 

Nothing strikes fear into the heart of a dieter more than the words Super Bowl Party. It’s hard enough to stick to a clean, healthy diet during the normal days of the week, but when you come face to face with a table full of chips, chili dip, hot wings, and beer, it can feel impossible to stick to your guns.

Luckily there are some super easy ways to enjoy all the taste of a party without the guilt. Dip, crunch, nibble, and cheer your way through a guilt-free, flavor-filled Superbowl this year with these healthy alternatives to traditional Superbowl party food.

Finger Foods

Finger foods are the cornerstone of any living room centered party. No one wants to be sitting on the couch balancing a plate delicately on their thigh. Enter the finger food. Easy to grab and stuff in your mouth with one hand, so you don’t even have to put down your Superbowl party beverage of choice. Bypass the standard BBQ chicken wings and cheese sticks this year, and opt for a more sophisticated menu that will still make a crowd-pleasing splash.

Chicken Strips with Honey Mustard Sauce

Protein helps us stay full, so if you want to avoid overeating at a get-together, be sure to include plenty of belly-pleasing lean protein that will fill you up, but still keep you lean. Chicken breast is especially lean, and mustard is low in sugar, so you can snack all the live long day on these chicken strips with honey mustard sauce (recipe here) without feeling a bit guilty.

Kale Chips

You can buy kale chips at most grocery stores now, but if you want to go for it at home and bake your own, they are easy to make, and less expensive, too.

Ingredients:

  • 1 head of Chopped kale (washed and dried)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • pink himalayan sea salt

Method:

Preheat oven to 230 degrees. In a bowl toss chopped kale with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Spread on a cookie sheet and sprinkle with salt. Bake for 15-20 minutes, turning once halfway through.

Chicken Spring Rolls

A salty, crispy outside with a warm moist inside…this is what snack food is made of. It’s a bonus if you can grab it with your fingers and dip it in a sweet and tangy sauce. These chicken spring rolls (recipe here) are made with chicken breast, so they are lean and diet-friendly, and are wrapped with phyllo dough, so they are super quick and easy to put together.

Caprese Skewers

  • 1 container of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 small package of mozzarella cheese
  • 1 bunch of fresh basil
  • toothpicks

Method:

Cut the mozzarella cheese into ½ inch cubes. Separate the basil leaves from stems, and set aside. Wrap one basil leaf around a cherry tomato and stick a toothpick through it. Follow that with a piece of mozzarella cheese so that there is one piece of cheese and one basil-wrapped cherry tomato on the toothpick. Repeat until the desired number of mini-skewers have been created.

Healthy Dips

Dips constitute about ⅓ of every party platter offering. All you need are some whole grain crackers, some crudites, and a few napkins for wiping the drool off your neighbors shirt, and you’ve got yourself a delicious fitness-friendly snack.

Greek Yogurt Ranch

Think creamy, savory, rich, fattening ranch dressing…without all the fattening. You can get the same tangy goodness of traditional buttermilk ranch dressing dip in a low-fat figure-friendly version, simply by swapping out Greek yogurt for mayo. Not that there’s anything wrong with mayo, in the right setting, but if we’re being honest here, it doesn’t have much nutritional value. Protein is a major benefit of using Greek yogurt, so swap away and enjoy as much ranchy goodness as you want this Superbowl Sunday.

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz of low fat greek yogurt
  • 1 package of ranch dressing mix
  • 1 tbsp water (or milk)

Method:

Simply mix together the dressing packet with the Greek yogurt, and thin to desired consistency with water or milk. Chill until ready to serve.

Smoked Avocado Hummus

Creamy avocado mixed with tangy tahini and the protein packed punch of chickpeas gets a bit of an upgrade with some smoked paprika. This is a recipe with all the flavor of a party dip, and none of the sin:

Ingredients:

  • 2 avocados
  • 1-15 oz can of garbanzo beans
  • 3 tbsp tahini
  • 1 squirt of lemon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • Smoked paprika

Method:

In a mixer, blend together avocado, tahini, garbanzo beans, lemon, olive oil, and salt. Scoop into a bowl and insert one of the avocado pits in the middle to keep it looking fresh. Sprinkle the top with smoked paprika and enjoy with sliced veggies or pita chips.

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