Healthy Super Bowl Options

by Rachelle on January 30, 2015

If you’re trying to follow through on your plan to eat healthier this year, Super Bowl Sunday might be one of the first times you’re tempted to throw up your hands and grab a slice of pizza, a plate of buffalo wings or handful after handful of tortilla chips.

 

HummusGame day doesn’t have to mean game over for your gut: There are plenty of delicious-yet-nutritious ways to fill out your party trays while you watch the end of the NFL season wind down, and no, we don’t mean sad store-bought veggie trays.

 

Chili is a popular — and potentially nutrient-rich — Super Bowl party dish, but it can get bogged down by adding fixings like cheese, chips and sour cream. Look for recipes that replace beef with heart-healthy lean turkey meat, or skip the meat entirely by subbing soy protein or extra beans. If you need something on top, go for a reduced fat shredded cheddar.

 

Losing high-fat favorites like chile con queso doesn’t mean you have to skip the dip entirely — selecting nutritious spreads like hummus can keep the party going without sacrificing flavor. Homemade salsas are a satisfying low-fat pick, and pico de gallo is another good bet for game day snacking. Make your own veggie chips for dipping, or pick up a bag of pita chips.

 

One of the easiest ways to cut a dent in the calorie count is by keeping an eye on the ingredients you’re using in the kitchen. Swap that regular sour cream out for a low-fat variety, and select a bag of baked chips, veggie chips or bean chips over the usual options. And many dishes that call for dairy can be made a bit healthier by using fat-free greek yogurt.

 

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

 

Hummus Crostini Appetizer

 

Ingredients:

1 French baguette

Extra virgin olive oil

Sea salt and black pepper

1 7-ounce tub of hummus

3/4 cup Feta cheese

1 cup chopped or sliced olives

 

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Slice baguette on slight diagonal angle. Brush tops with olive oil and place on large baking pan (cookie sheet). Sprinkle each slice with a little coarse sea salt and freshly ground pepper.
  3. Bake for 12-15 minutes, carefully watching crostinis around 12 minutes, as oven temperatures vary. Remove from oven when golden brown and let cool.
  4. Spread hummus on each crostini, garnish with feta and olives, and drizzle with olive oil.

 

Southwestern Layered Bean Dip

 

Plenty of black beans, salsa and chopped fresh vegetables mean a healthy amount of dietary fiber in this Tex-Mex layered dip. Use reduced-fat sour cream along with full-fat (and full-flavored) cheese to make the dip lighter without compromising great taste. Be sure to have lots of baked tortilla chips on hand when you serve it.

 

Ingredients:

1 16-ounce can nonfat refried beans, preferably “spicy”

1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed

4 scallions, sliced

1/2 cup prepared salsa

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

1/4 cup pickled jalapeño slices, chopped

1 cup shredded Monterey Jack, or Cheddar cheese

1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream

1 1/2 cups chopped romaine lettuce

1 medium tomato, chopped

1 medium avocado, chopped

1/4 cup canned sliced black olives, (optional)

 

  1. Combine refried beans, black beans, scallions, salsa, cumin, chili powder and jalapeños in a medium bowl. Transfer to a shallow 2-quart microwave-safe dish; sprinkle with cheese.
  2. Microwave on High until the cheese is melted and the beans are hot, 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Spread sour cream evenly over the hot bean mixture, then scatter with lettuce, tomato, avocado and olives (if using).
Rachelle

Rachelle

Health Contributor at Creative Bioscience
Hi I'm Rachelle, or "Elle" for short. I am a busy body, but always been a plus sized kinda girl. I've learned that my curves are sexy, and I can feel good about how I look without looking like a stick! I'm a work-a-holic and stay as active as I can with lots of projects, so I have to prioritize my health choices. Working for Creative Bioscience has opened my eyes to what you can do to supplement your diet, and manage things in a natural way. The advances that are being made in the health arena are so exciting, and we are on the front lines bringing the best of the best. Rachelle's favorite product is hCG 1234
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