The epic NFL Superbowl 50 is almost upon us! I’ll be the first to admit, I don’t follow football. Superbowl parties are fun, but I honestly have no idea what’s going on!
One standout feature at each and every Superbowl party I’ve been too was the food. Fried foods, takeout pizzas, pop, beer…the usual display of food that we, as sensible, health-conscious people, wouldn’t touch on a regular day. But it’s Superbowl Sunday, so a frenzy begins!
But does it really have to be that way? Is it a requirement that the food needs to be delicious tasting but terrible for you? Is it a rite of passage to wake up the next day regretting your decision to have that extra slice of pizza and glass of Pepsi? What if, with a little more effort, we could have delicious AND relatively healthy/in-line with your goals? What if you could wake up the next morning and not feel like you were going to become best friends with the bathroom?
I’m not advocating that we completely get rid of the pizzas and fried foods, but a little variety of healthier but still delicious options might make for a more enjoyable experience.
I have to give credit to my awesome friend, Alison, for coming up with this idea. She also sent me a few of the recipes I’m including this list, and if she’s sent them, it means they are definitely delicious!
So, without further ado, I present my list of 13 health-conscious approved Superbowl snack ideas.
1) Zesty Baked Lime Wings
Wings are a staple when it comes to Superbowl Sunday, but more often than not, these wings are deep fried in a bunch of oil. Try these baked wings instead!
2) Vegetable Platter with Hummus and/or Greek Yogurt Tzatziki
Having a vegetable platter around with some delicious dips available guarantees that you have something to mindlessly snack on while watching the big game without feeling like your stomach is going to hate you the next day.
3) Lightened-Up Spinach Artichoke Dip
Serve these with a side of multigrain crackers/pita bread/pumperknickle bread and no one will know the difference! Warm, cheesy, and it tastes just like the traditional one.
4) Gingered Shrimp with Charred Tomato Relish
Shrimp skewers are a great idea for some finger food that is easy to grab and go from the food table. A great way to get some protein into your diet while enjoying the game.
5) Traditional Guacamole
Of course this is included! I absolutely LOVE guacamole. It’s easy to go overboard on it, but at least we’re getting some healthy fats into our diet!
6) Lightened-Up 7-Layer Dip
A new twist on a classic favourite. What Superbowl party is complete without the 7-layer dip? Try this version instead and I bet you no one will notice the difference!
7) Sweet Potato Skins
Regular potato skins are commonly found at Superbowl parties, so why not try the sweet potato version instead? Sweet potatoes are a great source of vitamins B6, C, and D, contain iron, magnesium, and potassium.
8) Baked Zucchini Fries
Another twist on a classic appetizer. Similar to the wings, these are baked instead of fried, but with the added parmesan cheese, they come out tasting even better than what’s offered at the restaurant!
9) Black Bean Salsa with Homemade Tortilla Chips
Amanda and Aaron over at Pickles and Honey have some AMAZING recipes on their site, I refer to them often! This one is a super easy but super delicious black bean and corn salsa recipe to serve in place of traditional salsa. Try the super simple recipe for the tortilla chips as they are absolutely delicious.
10) Spicy Roasted Garbanzo Beans
Instead of buying a bunch of different bags of chips, why not buy one or two and then serve up these spicy garbanzo beans as an alternative? Garbanzo Beans (or chickpeas) are super high in fibre and a good source of protein too!
11) Individual Pita Pizza’s
Recruit the people at the party to have a hand in making their own pizzas! I don’t know about you, but I love a good pizza-making party. I was at a friend’s place for her daughter’s birthday recently, and we made our own individual pizzas while there. It was fun to watch the kids use their imagination to put whatever they wanted on the pizza, and you can do the same with adults too! This recipe is obviously just a guide, feel free to incorporate whatever ingredients you want into the pizza.
12) Fruit Skewers with Yogurt Dip
Something sweet to add to the options. A very simple fruit skewer with a yogurt dip that is sure to please kids and adults. Using Greek yogurt in place of traditional yogurt adds some extra protein into the dish.
13) Health Cookie Dough Dip
At the same party I was at for the pita pizza’s, my good friend Tamara made this amazing healthy cookie dough dip…I literally almost ate the entire thing it was that good. She served it with Mary’s crackers, but any crunchy cracker will do (although the saltiness from the crackers worked PERFECTLY with this dip). Another option is apple slices as well. But seriously, don’t be fooled by what’s in this dip, it is AMAZING.
And there you have it! Some recipes that you can try this Sunday to make sure you wake up on Monday with minimal bloat, digestive distress, and guilt 🙂