super bowl party snacksJust a few short weeks ago, your New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier stood strong. Now you find them wavering as you stare down a bowl of spinach artichoke dip and cocktail weenies on Super Bowl Sunday.

Like the athletes on the gridiron, you realize that all your hard work and training can be negated by eating buffalo wings and deep fried chicken.

Yet, there’s no reason not to indulge on Super Bowl Sunday. There are plenty of healthy, hearty options to please even the biggest linebacker while still fueling your body with healthy protein and nutrients.

Here are a few tips and recipes to serve or bring to a Super Bowl party that can be enjoyed by all of your guests — healthy without sacrificing taste.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Rather than chow down on a dozen or so wings slathered in bleu cheese, this delicious dip satisfies hot wing cravings without the fat and calories. Easy to make and packed with protein, Make a Buffalo Chicken Dip using canned chicken chunks and substituing greek yogurt for the ranch dressing. Use low-fat shredded cheese and low-fat or fat free cream cheese instead of full fat versions.  For dipping, try multi-grain chips enhanced with Omega 3s.

Vegetarian Chili

Winter is the perfect time for a hot, spicy bowl of vegetarian chil.  A nice option for guests who don’t eat meat. Just add ingredients to a pot or slow cooker  and let it simmer! Go the extra yard for a party touchdown and set up a tray for guests to choose their own toppings like cubed avocado, raw onion, chopped cilantro, low fat shredded cheese, and/or fat free sour cream.

Baked Kabobs

Marinate and cook up cubes of lean chicken, beef, or shrimp and put them on skewers along with chunks of pineapple, peppers, and onions.  Bake in the oven to warm up and brush lightly with your marinade of choice for extra flavor.

Choose a Light Beer

Beer and Super Bowl Sunday go hand in hand. Unfortunately, throwing back a beer or two during each quarter of the game can quickly turn your six-pack into a one-pack. If you choose to have a brew (or two) during the game, opt for a light beer. Or, consider a hard cider, which has the added benefit of being gluten free. Most importantly, please drink responsibly and make sure all guests make it home safe, too.

 

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