The Super Bowl is an American institution that leads even the occasional football fan to gather around and watch the biggest game of the year. Besides the game, Super Bowl Sunday is well known for two more things: commercials, and an impressive snacks spread. But just because youÕd like something a little lighter on game day doesnÕt mean you have to miss out on the favorites.
If you’re looking for a cleaner eating this weekend, check out these healthy alternatives to Super Bowl Sunday classics.
1. Buffalo Chicken Dip
There’s nothing like buffalo chicken dip to add a hint of spice to your Super Bowl. This version is full of healthy protein and lean meats. You can use canned chicken, but it’s even healthier if you cook it yourself!
1 C shredded chicken
1/2 C shredded cheese
2 C plain Greek yogurt
2 tbsp buffalo sauce (or more to taste)
Combine all ingredients in an oven-safe bowl and bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes or until cheese has melted and the top is bubbly. Enjoy with chips or use as a dip for your favorite veggies.
2. Healthier Nachos
There’s nothing quite like nachos to make you feel like it’s time for a Super Bowl party. Plenty of the toppings typically found on nachos, however, aren’t as healthy as you’d like. Instead of indulging in an unhealthy plate filled with food that isn’t particularly good for you, try nachos filled with healthy ingredients, instead.
2 C shredded chicken
1 can black beans
1/2 C shredded cheese (low fat if youÕd like!)
1 bag frozen corn
1 avocado, cut into small pieces
1 tbsp taco seasoning
Drain and rinse your black beans, then place them in a food processor. Add taco seasoning, then process until the beans are the consistency of refried beans. Heat them over medium heat. Heat the chicken and corn. Prepare as a layered dip or set them out on the counter for everyone to choose their own favorites.
3. Turkey Burger Sliders
Sliders are a Super Bowl staple! Using turkey burgers instead of beef, however, lets you use a leaner meat that’s lower in calories and fat.
1 1/2 lbs ground turkey (anything below 15% fat content is ideal)
1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 small onion, finely sliced
salt and pepper to taste
Combine all of your ingredients in a bowl and shape them into patties. Cook on a grill or stove top until the centers are no longer pink. You can also sear them for two minutes per side, then bake in a 250-degree oven for 10 minutes. Place on whole wheat slider buns and add your favorite toppings.
4. Cookie Dough Dip
You have your savory dip. Coming up with a sweet dip to go with it, however, usually means packing on the calories. With this great cookie dough dip, you’ll feel like you’re indulging in chocolate chip cookie dough with none of the guilt!
1 can chickpeas
1/2 cup rolled oats
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 tsp vanilla (or more to give it a richer flavor)
1/2 C brown sugar (to make it sugar-free, you can also use honey or agave)
1-2 tbsp of milk; more if you want a thinner dip
1/2 C mini chocolate chips
Drain and rinse your can of chickpeas. Combine everything but the chocolate chips in a food processor; process until you have a smooth mixture. Add more milk if you need to thin down the mixture for dipping–it may depend on what you want to dip in it. Stir in chocolate chips and refrigerate until serving. This dip is fantastic served with apple slices or graham crackers.
This is a great time to seek out those healthy alternatives that will allow you to indulge without feeling guilty. We recommend not mentioning the healthy substitutions you’ve made and see if your guests like it. In many cases, you’ll find that no one can tell the difference. In others, they’ll even like the healthy version better! Stop by Tidal Creek for all your game day preparations.