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Posted by sfoisy on 2013-01-31 11:59

“Ready...Set...Hut, Hut Hut!”  This is a standard call used in American Football to get the two teams ready for the play. I’m using it to get you ready to throw the best game day party — added bonus —the healthiest. According to Hallmark Cards, Inc., the Super Bowl represents the number one at-home party event of the year. So, you must be ready with snacks that are savoury, easy-to-eat and delicious. Below are some healthy options served by me, a former CFL (Canadian Football League) wife and dietitian (best of both worlds right?), that will transform your standard Super Bowl fare into healthy alternatives. No one will ever know the difference.

DIPS: Instead of spinach, crab or cheese, why not try a dip layered with refried beans, salsa, low-fat cream cheese mixed with cottage cheese or Greek yogurt, topped with fresh vegetables (diced green and/or red peppers, lettuce, green onions) and a small amount of low-fat cheese (20% MF or less)? Serve with toasted whole-wheat pita. You can also put out hummus and guacamole with the toasted pita — both are a source of healthy monounsaturated fats.

CHILI AND MEATBALLS: For the meatballs, use ground turkey or extra-lean ground beef with breadcrumbs that are soaked in milk to keep them moist. Add flavour with fresh herbs or spices and bake instead of fry. Serve with a small amount of barbecue sauce or mustard. For the chili, add beans to lean ground turkey or extra lean ground beef and lots of vegetables (think squash, zucchini and peppers). Serve with cottage cheese instead of sour cream.

NACHOS: Whole-wheat pitas cut into triangles and toasted make a great alternative to nacho chips. Arrange toasted chips on a baking sheet and top with fresh vegetables, lower-fat cheese and diced tomatoes. Serve with salsa and/or cottage cheese or Greek yogurt. Want a meatier version? Use a small amount of ground turkey that has been cooked with fresh herbs or spices (try cumin and a small amount of cayenne pepper).

CHICKEN WINGS: Try baked chicken fingers instead. Add parmesan and fresh herbs to the bread crumbs and toss with sliced chicken breast. Bake on parchment paper and serve with honey mustard.

PIZZA: Whole-grain crust, fresh tomato sauce with herbs topped with lots of fresh vegetables and small amount of lower-fat cheese is a winning combination. Try adding small amounts of a stronger cheese (e.g. blue) for added flavour.





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