According to Healthline News, roughly 11.2 million pounds of potato chips and 8.2 million pounds of tortilla chips will be consumed, packed with fat, carbohydrates and sodium on Super Bowl Sunday. The Calorie Control Council, a trade group representing the low-fat and sugar-free food and beverage industries projects that the average Super Bowl watcher will scarf down 1,200 calories and 50 grams of fat in snacks alone. And then there’s the alcohol and soda. Think about it: A four hour feast of football, calories and fat. Want some healthy food alternatives? Read on!
Even if you’re not hosting a party, I promise you there will be happy and grateful folks (especially YOU) if you arrive at a party with a couple of these healthy alternative snacks!
Five Easy, Yummy, Touchdown Healthy Snack Alternatives!
Greek 7 Layer Dip
Ingredients: 1½ cups hummus; 1 cup tzatziki sauce; 1 cup diced tomato mixed with lemon juice and ½ tsp. oregano; ½ cup cucumber cut in small pieces; ¼ cup diced red onions; ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese; ¼ cup pitted and chopped Kalamata olives, 1 handful chopped mint and assorted carrots, celery and broccoli.
Directions: Assemble dip starting with the hummus and stack each ingredient on top of the last. (Closet Cooking)
Baked Lemon Drop Chicken Wings
Ingredients: ½ cup vodka; ¼ cup fresh lemon juice, 3 Tbsp. organic sugar, 1 Tbsp. olive oil; 1 tsp. salt; ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper; 2½ pounds organic chicken wings (tips trimmed off).
Directions: In a large bowl or re-sealable plastic bag, combine the above ingredients. Stir to dissolve sugar and salt. Add chicken wings and mix to coat. Cover bowl or seal bag and refrigerate 2-4 hours. Preheat over to 400 degrees-Line a 9″x13″ in baking pan with two layers of foil. Arrange chicken wings in a single layer in the pan and pour the marinade evenly over all. Bake until meat is well browned and pulling away from the bone, about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Serve hot or warm. (Sunset Cooking)
Ingredients: 16 cups air-popped popcorn; chopped almonds, pecan, or walnuts (optional); 2 cups shredded organic jalapeno cheese; ¼ cup organic trans fat-free margarine; 1 tsp. pepper; ½ tsp. red pepper flakes; 3 tsp. chili powder; 1 tsp. cumin; 1 tsp. paprika.
Directions: In a large bowl combine popcorn, nuts (if using) and shredded cheese. Melt margarine in a microwave, add spice and stir well. Pour the margarine-spice mixture over the popcorn and toss. (MedicineNet.com)
Brie, Apple and Arugula Quesadillas
Ingredients: 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard; 2 tsp. apple cider cider; 3 (10″) flour tortillas; 6 ounces Brie cheese, rind removed and cut into ¼” thick slices; 1 Fuji apple cored and cut into ¼” slices; 3 cups arugula; ¾ tsp. freshly ground black pepper.
Directions: Combine mustard and cider in a small bowl and stir well. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Spread each tortilla with about 1½ tsp. of mustard mixture and place in pan. Arrange ⅓ of cheese slices over half of tortilla and cook 1 minute or until cheese begins to melt. Arrange ⅓ of apple slices over cheese and top with 1 cup of arugula. Sprinkle with ¼ tsp. pepper. Fold tortilla in half, press gently with a spatula. Cook 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Remove from pan. Repeat with the remaining 2 tortillas. Cut each quesadilla into 4 wedges. Serving size – 2 wedges. (Cooking Light)
Spinach and Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms
Serves: Makes 12 stuffed mushrooms
Ingredients: ½ cup frozen chopped organic spinach, thawed and drained well; 3 Tbsp. sun-dried tomatoes, diced; 6 ounces goat cheese, softened; 1 tsp. dry basil; 2 cloves minced garlic; 12 baby Portabella or brown Cremini mushrooms
Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl mix spinach, diced sun-dried tomatoes, basil, garlic and softened goat cheese. (A hand mixer works well.) Set aside. Remove stems from portabella mushrooms and stuff with spinach mixture, then place cap side down on baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool for 5 minutes and serve. (JoyfulHealthyEats.com)
Other Tips for Staying Super Bowl Healthy
- Try not to hang out in the same room as the food
- Hit the veggie tray first and fill up on that
- Remember portion control. A “portion” fits into the palm of your hand
- When you’re thirsty, fill up on water before or between an alcoholic drink
- Pick a non-drinking designated driver if you do end up drinking too much
- If you’re hosting, try offering a good selection of fruit and veggies and consider closing the bar 90 minutes before the end of the game.
For those of you who look forward to this annual event, why not mix up your usual party offerings with a couple of the above alternatives. I guarantee you’ll feel better about not overindulging and yet enjoying some healthy, yummy game snacks.
Happy, healthy, SAFE game day everyone!
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