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As you may know already, I love eating. Making snacks for Super Bowl Sunday is no exception. My husband and I have a couple of snacks that have become a tradition, and we never watch the Super Bowl without them.
Taco Dip, Potato Skins, and Lil Smokies are some of our favorites.
Did you know that Super Bowl Sunday is the second biggest eating day of the year? (Thanksgiving ranks as #1)
Great timing, huh?
You’ve spent most of January recovering from the holidays and trying to make healthy choices, and then comes the Super Bowl. A day filled with eating tons of appetizers, dips, chili, and chips. It’s no wonder why no one wants to get anything done the Monday afterwards! I’ve always thought that the Monday after Super Bowl should be a holiday, and I recently read that some companies are now giving their employees that day off. Lucky!!
But seriously, after eating (and drinking) that much, who wants to have to get up early the next day and go to work? Not me!
Although Super Bowl Sunday is not (in my opinion) the ideal day to stick to a strict diet, (because really, who wants the snack police around with all that food?) there are ways you can make healthy choices without feeling like you’re missing out.
1. Potato Skins
Potato skins are a classic football snack. Who can say no to a potato loaded with cheese, onions, and bacon? I know I can’t. Instead of loading up those potato skins with bacon and cheese, try a mixture of low-fat cream cheese and cilantro, topped with green onions.
So amazing – I promise you.
The cream cheese becomes slightly melted on the warm potato skin, and the combo of cream cheese and cilantro green onion gives it a nice kick. The best part? Not greasy at all. These are easy to eat, and don’t fall all over the place.
2. Turkey Chili
Chili is a staple on Super Bowl Sunday! It can also be extremely heavy and contain almost all the calories you should be eating in the entire day… how disappointing!
My favorite chili recipe is the Jennie-O Black Bean Turkey Chili.
You can have a nice bowl of this, for only 300 calories! And it tastes DELICIOUS. Try it. It will quickly become a go-to in your household.
3. Spinach Dip
Spinach Dip is another one that can really add some hidden fat and calories. But it tastes sooooo good. Have you ever noticed that spinach dip disappears incredibly quickly at parties? It’s easy to eat, and aside from the risk of getting spinach stuck in your teeth, you really can’t go wrong.
My favorite spinach dip actually came about as an accident. I was making spinach pinwheels, and accidentally forgot to drain the spinach. Oops! Well, it turned into a great dip, and now I make it all the time.
2 packages (10 oz.) frozen spinach, thawed
1 package ranch style dressing, dry
1 (8 oz.) package non-fat cream cheese
½ cup low-fat sour cream
½ cup light mayo/miracle whip
1 jar Hormel Bacon Bits (optional)
3 green onions, sliced
Mix all ingredients, and serve with chips, cubed bread, or pita crackers. The entire recipe (with the bacon bits) is only 1,016 calories, so a serving is only about 170 calories!
Another football staple. As easy as it is to just order a pizza and have it delivered, that’s expensive, and can take forever on Super Bowl Sunday. Making pizza cups is a great way to give your guests the option of pizza, without them filling up their entire plates with just one piece.
Again, you get the taste, without the grease and guilt!
I make my pizza dough from scratch, but you don’t have to – buying a pre-made dough can be a great time saver when you’re having a house full of hungry football fans.
Pizza Cups (makes 24)
Cut the pizza dough into 24 even sections. Place each section in the bottom of a muffin tin. I spread it up the sides also, so then the risk of the toppings falling off are minimized. Add pizza sauce and cheese. Then top with your favorite ingredients. Pepperoni is a must at our house, and I always go for the turkey pepperoni. I then add olives, and some bell peppers.
Bake at 400 for 15-17 minutes, until they are golden brown.
5. Fruit Tarts
Don’t forget about dessert! J Fruit tarts are a great way to give everyone something sweet, but also staying light. I use frozen mini phyllo pastry shells. Then I fill them with a spoonful of low-fat Greek yogurt, and top with fresh berries.
These are always a hit, and because they are so small, you feel like you can have a few without breaking the diet-bank.
After making this list, I cannot wait until Sunday! These are some of my favorite snacks, guests always love them.
Do you have a favorite football food? If so, do you have a healthy and a non-healthy option?