Super Bowl Sunday SNACK-Down

This Sunday, February 3rd is Super Bowl Sunday!  Sadly no New York teams are being represented in this year’s big game, but that does not mean the masses will not be getting together to celebrate this American tradition.  If you find everyone’s mood a little down because they’re not a fan of either team, spice up your party with a “healthy” dose of your own competition.

To get people excited about your Super Bowl party, make a game out of preparing a makeover of classic Super Bowl snacks.  See if people can guess the ingredients you swapped and if they are right, give them a little prize or even make up a cookbook of the healthy recipes you created.

Stuck on ideas?  Here are some delicious ways to makeover Super Bowl snack classics:

Sliders: Most beef sliders can be high in saturated fat, and once you start adding toppings like cheese and bacon, you load on even more fat calories.  Instead, make your own veggie burger sliders which have healthy ingredients like beans and vegetables in the mixture.  Top them with guacamole, salsas and vegan bacon for healthy fat topping options!

Wings: Roast cauliflower florets so they’re brown and a little crisp on the outside.  Toss them in your favorite hot sauce and serve them with this healthy spin on a blue cheese dressing: mix 8 ounces of plain Greek yogurt, with 2 ounces of blue cheese crumbles and a dash of onion and garlic powder.  You get all your favorite flavors with added fiber, vitamins and a lot less saturated fat!

Chips and Dip: Bake your own pita chips with various spice blends like paprika, dill, onion and garlic powder, and serve them with different flavors of hummus.  Use a mandolin to slice potatoes for your very own homemade potato chips and use Greek yogurt instead of sour cream when making your favorite dips.

Macaroni and Cheese: Use whole wheat pasta and reduce the amount of cheese to half.  Then use butternut squash and shredded carrots in the mixture to bulk up the dish with vegetables.  The colors complement each other so your guests will still see the cheesy dish, but what they do not know is you have hidden tons of fiber and vitamins inside!

Chili: Stick with bean chilis to get less fat and more fiber.  Do not be afraid to add in more vegetables for flavor because once they are mixed in, guests will hardly  notice the added healthy ingredients, yet they will still reap their benefits.  If you want the texture of a meat chili without having to add meat, try browning up Seitan, a soy based meat substitute, the same way you would brown up ground beef.  Your guests will not know the difference and you have given your meat free guests a healthy and satisfying main meal!

Potato Skins: Carve out and bake potato skins like you normally would.  Sautee spinach with garlic and olive oil and stuff the potato skins with the spinach mixture.  Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top for a tasty treat!

New York may not be in the Super bowl this year, but with dishes like these, you have certainly given your guests something to cheer about!

What are some ways you can make over your favorite Super bowl snacks?

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