Sunday Sunday Sunday! We're gearing up for the big game by planning our Super Bowl menu. Luckily for us, we work with a team of Registered Dietitians who can help us create a healthy (yet still delicious) party spread. Luckily for you, we're willing to share.
First thing's first: veggie platters are a staple when you're having lots of snacking guests! Spread out your bite-sized veggies and whip up a tasty dip from fat free Greek yogurt, garlic powder and lemon juice.
I know what you're thinking: you need nachos, but they're typically greasy. You can still have them! Just swap out the tortilla chips for baked potato chips, top with black beans and/or shredded chicken for protein, and add on your favorite fixin's.
What would Super Bowl be without buffalo chicken dip? Make it better for you: swap out the sour cream or mayo for plain, nonfat Greek yogurt. Use reduced fat cheeses, and serve it with celery sticks and baby carrots. Or, for a hot dish, cut up a head of cauliflower and coat it in your buffalo dip! Throw those bad boys in the oven until they're sizzling and crispy (about 15-20 minutes).
Not a fan of spicy foods? No problem, how about something sweet? Thinly slice up a few apples and drizzle them with peanut butter, granola, and chocolate chips. You've got a mountain of apple nachos!
Searching for a heartier entrée? Try turkey chili: heat up ground turkey on the stove in some olive oil. Once it's browned, add in diced veggies like carrots, bell peppers, onions, garlic and chunky tomato sauce. Make sure you use some savory and smokey spices like cumin, paprika, chili powder, pepper and cayenne. When serving, swap out the sour cream for nonfat plain Greek yogurt. Garnish with cilantro, sliced avocado and reduced fat shredded cheese. Voilà!
With all of this delicious food you're going to need something to wash it down with. Opt for light beers that are lower in calories and carbs. Not a beer drinker? Mix your hard liquor with calorie-free or low-sugar beverages like seltzer/club soda and a splash of fresh fruit juice or a citrus wedge. Make sure to alternate your drinks with a glass of water to avoid dehydration (the cause of hangovers) and to pace yourself.
All snack ideas provided by CHARGE Director of Dietitian Training Becca Scofield.