Super Bowl Sunday is as much about the food as it is about the game. And like most traditions there is traditional food to go along with the game festivities. Super Bowl food is known for having a bad rap when it comes to calories and fat but it doesn’t have to be that way. Simple changes to your game day foods can have you serving the same great snacks but with a healthy twist. Here are some ideas and tips to keep in mind.
Bake not fried. Typical foods that are often served fried, like wings or French fries, can also be baked and served with little change to flavor.
Low-fat Dairy. Many recipes call for sour cream, cheese, ranch dressing, and cream cheese. By selecting the low-fat, non-fat, reduced fat or made with skim milk options, you can save on calories but not sacrifice any of the taste. Your guests won’t even notice that the sour cream on their nachos is non-fat!
Chili is a typical super bowl food because it is hearty, feeds a lot of people and easy to make. Use ground turkey instead of ground beef, add more beans than meat, and sneak in some veggies like peppers and diced tomatoes.
Veggie Tray. Having a veggie tray at your party for pre-game snacking is a great way to work in some healthy food without feeling like you will miss out on other favorites. Add a low-fat dip and you will be surprised at how quickly it will disappear.
Layered Bean dip is a traditional food but can also be a healthy food. By using beans, fresh tomatoes, a layer of lettuce, olives and green onions this will be the same delicious favorite it has always been. Server with baked chips for a healthy touchdown!
Pizza party! Football is not the same without pizza. Top your pizza with a variety of veggies and select a whole wheat crust for a healthier version.
No matter whose team wins, everyone will enjoy the game, the commercials and of course the food!