Watching the Big Game is always a fun event. Friends and family come together from all over to cheer on their favorite team. It’s a day we typically reserve for football, fun times, and fried finger food. But with all the promises you made to yourself just a month ago about eating healthy, how do you stick to your New Year’s resolutions while still serving up snacks that’ll please everyone? The trick is to make appetizers that taste just as good as the game-day snacks everyone loves, but with a healthy twist or two. If this seems like a bit of a challenge, you’re in luck! We’ve compiled some of the best tricks for taking your Big Game menu to a healthier (and tastier) level. Try them out this Sunday, and don’t be shocked when they are all gone by halftime.
Wrap It Up
Sandwiches are an easy game-day food everyone loves. Cut some carbs and serve up turkey wraps instead. Just top spinach or whole wheat tortillas with low-fat mayonnaise, sliced turkey breast (or other lunch meat), cheese, and an assortment of veggies. They’re easy to hold with one had while the other is cheering on your team!
Veggies and dip are a Big Game staple. Try swapping out mayonnaise or sour cream in your favorite dip recipe for the ‘lighter’ versions of each, or even substitute with Greek yogurt. With all the seasonings,your guests won’t be able to tell the difference. Serve with cucumbers, celery, broccoli, and even some baked zucchini strips.
It’s Easy Being Cheesy
What’s not to love about homemade mozzarella sticks? They’re cheesy, saucy, and oh-so-gooey. The problem is, deep fried doesn’t exactly scream ‘healthy eating’. So instead of frying the sticks in oil, try baking them in the oven. These baked mozzarella sticks still taste deliciously cheesy, plus they pair perfectly with marinara dip (and fitting into your skinny jeans)! For an added health bonus, try replacing the bread crumbs with a mix of almond flour and garlic powder (about 1 tsp of garlic powder per cup of almond flour).
Nacho Average Boats
Nachos are a big fan-favorite, but deep-fried tortilla chips aren’t exactly diet-friendly. This Sunday, serve up bell pepper nacho boats instead. Start by cutting mini bell peppers in half and scooping out any seeds. Then, just fill with your favorite nacho toppings (like cooked meat, cheese, green onions, salsa, etc.) and serve! They’re a spicy, crunchy treat with just the right amount of healthy.
#EatSmartTip: Use the mini bell peppers from our Celebration Tray for this recipe, then serve the rest of the veggies on your own serving tray alongside the dip for a second appetizer option.
Don’t Fall Flat (bread)
Flatbread appetizers just seem so intricate, like they belong at a nice restaurant with cloth napkins and cucumber water. So, when you bring one out for the Big Game, your guests will be pleasantly surprised. Just top a wheat flatbread with a sauce and cheese of your choice, and add any of our Eat Smart Salad Kits or Blends! Then bake in all the goodness. The best part? Your friends will never guess that they’re getting at least 5 superfoods with every slice.
The Devil’s in the Mayo
Deviled eggs are already a pretty healthy appetizer, and a football party go-to. But wouldn’t they be even more amazing if you swapped the mayo for a healthier fat, like avocado? We think so. Plus, who doesn’t love avocado? Just mash the yolks of the hard boiled eggs in with an avocado, salt, and pepper. Pipe back into the whites and top with cayenne pepper or chives for the creamiest, healthiest avocado deviled eggs you’ve ever tried.
A Sweet Twist on Potato Skins
Potato skins are the perfect combination of everything we love, but our diets hate. Well, we say “no more!” Just trade out regular potatoes for sweet potatoes and top with low fat sour cream and cheese for a much more health-conscious option. Now you can have your sweet potato skins, and eat them too.
#EatSmartTip: You can also make a sweet version of these by adding toppings like butter, cinnamon, sugar, or marshmallows. Sweet potatoes are so versatile; how could you go wrong?
Whether you’re a devoted fan or you’re just in it for the commercials, the Big Game will be extra enjoyable while eating delicious appetizers you know aren’t all that bad for you! And on a larger scale, a lot of these simple tricks can be used in everyday cooking to keep down the calorie count. Because dieting can be pretty tricky and no one likes to cut out everything tasty from their food options. So keep your fridge stocked with healthy substitute items like Greek yogurt and Eat Smart Vegetable Bags so you always have healthier options on hand!
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