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9 Healthy Super Bowl Snack Swaps
The Super Bowl is synonymous with shameless spreads of cheese, heavy dips and all things fried. But before you just surrender to the day, why not create a game plan to set yourself up for success? With a few healthy alternatives, you can satisfy your Super Bowl cravings and still keep your health goals on track.
Here's 9 tips with recipes to serve a health-ified spread for the big game.
- Swap beef for veggies in your chili: Nix the beef and substitute sweet potatoes, corn, zucchini or colorful bell peppers. This easy Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili is packed with vitamins and fiber and has the classic Southwestern spice and heat.
- Swap battered, fried wings for baked: Who needs all the fat when you can bake up your own crunchy chicken tenders to serve with hot sauce? Or broil up these tangy, spiced Yogurt-Cumin Chicken Skewers to serve for a new twist!
- Swap tacos for lettuce wraps: Ditch the tortillas, cheese, and ground beef, and fill crisp lettuce wraps with lean turkey, chicken, or pork sautéed with onions and peppers. Serve with a side of homemade guacamole and salsa.
- Swap nachos for a potato veggie melt: Trade the nacho chips and artificial cheese for thinly sliced potatoes with black beans, green onions, and melted cheddar cheese. Top with fresh cilantro, tomatoes, and avocado, and pair with low-calorie ranch or sour cream.
- Swap regular pizza for cauliflower pizza: Pizza made with a cauliflower crust is low in carbs, high in fiber, and can be just as flavorful as the real thing. Purchase a store bought crust and top with seasonal veggies, Mediterranean flavors, or an Italian white pizza.
- Swap fried for air-fried or roasted finger food: Air frying your food is an easy way to cut calories and fat. Experiment with buffalo cauliflower bites, kale chips, sweet potato fries, sliced avocados, or parsnips. Use your oven to bake up some Popcorn Shrimp with Sweet Chili Sauce.
- Swap deviled eggs for less-devilish eggs: While deviled eggs are high in protein and low in carbs, mayo is often a primary ingredient, which is high in fat and calories. Consider fillings with more vitamins, fiber, and healthy fats, like hummus, Greek yogurt, low-fat sour cream, or avocado.
- Swap chips for popcorn: Once you go for a potato chip, nacho chip, or cheese curl, it’s hard to resist one more. Instead, plain or air-popped popcorn sprinkled with nutritional yeast or olive oil and Parmesan is a much healthier choice and provides a satisfying crunch.
- Smarter sweets: f you think grapes, berries, and melon don’t measure up to cookies and brownies, be creative! Make them into colorful fruit cups or skewers or freeze up some Chocolate & Toasted Coconut Dipped Bananas.
By having the right snack options on hand, you can tackle any Super Bowl party and stick to your healthy eating goals.