Super Bowl Sunday Foods – Healthy Ideas

 Did you start the New Year with the goal of eating healthy?  What are you going to do about Super Bowl Sunday?  Afraid of being tempted by all the food typically served during the game, with lots of fat and calories? Let me share a few tips so you can still enjoy the big game without packing on the pounds this Sunday.

You can also view the  Super Bowl Foods I’ll be serving this year – A Trio of Snacks, and a Sweet, click here.

  • Wings – bake or grill your wings instead of deep frying. To bake – dip your wings in low-fat buttermilk and then crust with panko bread crumbs prior to baking. Grill – lightly coat your wings with a little avocado or grape seed oil, then sprinkle on a low-sodium spice mixture (I use dried mustard, chipotle pepper, and a touch of cayenne). Dip in a low-fat blue cheese dressing and serve with plenty of celery and carrots.
  • Dips – use reduced-fat sour cream or nonfat yogurt and low-fat cream cheese in your favorite dips. Salsas is a good choice, or serve hummus with raw veggies.
  • Chili – make you chili with lean cuts of meat and add extra beans and veggies.
  • Pizza – make it thin crust and load it up with veggies. The meat toppings are where the fat and calories are coming from.
  • Nuts – roasted spiced nuts are a great, healthy snack. For something new roast chickpeas (drain and rinse a can of chickpeas, dry, coat with a little vegetable oil, sprinkle with spices – I like cumin and a little chili pepper, toss to coat. Bake on a rimmed sheet pan in a 400°F oven, 35-40 minutes or until crisp. Turning occasionally.)
  • Deviled eggs – make yours with reduced-fat mayonnaise or plain non-fat Greek yogurt.
  • Sliders – make mini turkey sliders with seasoned lean turkey breast, use low-fat cheese and serve on a 1-ounce roll. Garnish with lettuce and tomatoes.
  • Kabobs – use lots of fruit and veggies and a lower fat meat. We call these “dinner on a stick” at my house.

    Kabob photo by Doug Korody
    Kabob photo by Doug Korody

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