5 Superbowl Healthy Snack Recipes for Game Day
Still sticking with your New Year's resolution to eat healthier? If so, then you might actually be dreading that upcoming Superbowl party. After all, you're probably going to be surrounded by all kinds of tempting and unhealthy foods. With a little bit of will power—and help from these low-calorie, full-flavor snack recipes—you'll be able to stick to your resolutions without depriving yourself of delicious food in the process.
Crispy Zucchini Fries
Traditional French fries are loaded with fat, grease, and calories. This healthier version utilizes baked zucchini strips with bread crumb and parmesan seasonings for a delightfully crispy treat. Simply slice zucchini lengthwise, toss in a little olive oil, and season liberally. Then, pop in a preheated 425-degree oven and bake until crisp (about 30 minutes).
Lighter Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Spinach and artichoke dip is a staple appetizer at many Superbowl parties across the country. You can make your own healthier version of this dip without sacrificing flavor. The secret? Adding a can of drained lima or butter beans and using light mayonnaise, fat-free sour cream, and skim cheeses. The best part? This appetizer takes just minutes to prepare before popping it into the oven; serve with pita chips, crackers, and raw veggies.
Beef and Beer Chili
Did somebody say beer? Every Superbowl party needs it. And if you're looking for a heartier yet healthy snack for your guests to enjoy, this is the perfect option. The great part about this dish is that you can easily toss all the ingredients into your slow cooker a few hours before the party and it'll be ready to go by kick-off time. Simply brown some beef in a skillet, add a little bit of garlic, and add some peppers to sautee. Then, toss into a slow cooker and add a can of kidney beans, diced tomatoes, beef broth, a bottle of your favorite beer, and a small amount of cornmeal for thickening. Sprinkle in your favorite seasonings and cook for several hours on low heat before serving.
Loaded Sweet Potatoes
Who doesn't love loaded potato skins? They make for the perfect appetizer for a Superbowl party. With this healthier alternative, your guests may not even notice the difference in taste! Rather than using russet potatoes, use halved sweet potatoes for fewer calories and better nutritional content. Pop them in the microwave for about five minutes (or until soft), then scoop out the "meat" of the potato. Combine with chopped bacon, low-fat sour cream, fat-free cheddar, and fresh green onion and spoon the mixture back into the skins before reheating. Yum!
Low-Calorie Chocolate Brownies
Watching what you eat doesn't have to mean cutting out dessert altogether. By substituting whole eggs for egg whites, switching to unsweetened cocoa powder, and using margarine instead of full-fat butter, you can drastically cut back on the calories in your favorite brownie recipe and keep your sweet tooth happy!
There you have it: five healthy snack recipes that are sure to please at your next Superbowl party. Enjoy!
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