What's a Super Bowl party without good food?
Whether you’re cheering on the Rams or the Patriots — or just tuning in for the commercials and the halftime show, — odds are you’re looking forward to the game day spread.
For millions of Americans, the Super Bowl is synonymous with chips, dip, wings, and beer — a menu that won’t always score you any nutritional points. Though it’s OK to indulge in your favorite foods from time to time, a better game plan is to find delicious options that won’t leave you feeling guilty.
With a little planning, you can have great flavor and still eat healthy, heart-friendly foods filled with protein and fiber that won’t clog your arteries.
To help you do just that, we’re sharing some meal ideas that you can enjoy without a side of regret!
These are perfect for snacking. They are low in calories and, when served in the shell, take longer to crack open and eat, slowing down your caloric intake.
Veggies with Guacamole
Though Avocados are high in calories, they contain heart-healthy fat that can fill you up! Serve this with trays of celery, cucumber, and carrot sticks with a low-calorie dip.
Extra Tip: Salsa is great low-calorie food, so when you have had enough guacamole you can eat salsa guilt-free.
Chicken wings are a favorite and staple snack at most Super Bowl parties. Bake them instead of frying them to cut down on calories and serve with your choice of sauces.
Top sliced crusty bread with antioxidant-packed chopped tomatoes, onion, and basil. You can bake or broil the bread. Be creative and top the bruschetta with smoked salmon, avocado, or grilled vegetables.
Chicken breast tenders are lean and healthy when grilled or broiled on skewers. You can marinate the tenders in soy-ginger sauce or teriyaki sauce for extra flavor. Serve with a variety of low calories sauces and dips.
Buffalo Cauliflower Poppers
Cue the cauliflower! This genius spin on typical Buffalo wings is full of spicy flavor, and only 12 calories a pop. You can lighten up the Bleu cheese served on the side with 2% Greek yogurt instead of the traditional high-calorie base.
Mushrooms are very low in calories, and delicious when stuffed and baked with sautéed spinach. Mix in the mushrooms with low-fat feta cheese or another cheese of your choice.
Fruit skewers with yogurt dip. This attractive snack can satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth. Create a make-your-own skewer station with assorted fruits! Some suggestions include grapes, strawberries, melon, and pineapple chunks.
Intercept empty calories, sugar, and fat by making these better-for-you alternatives to the classics. With tasty food like these, you won't miss the traditional nachos, ranch dip, or chicken wings!
What are you serving at your Super Bowl party? Share your favorite heart-healthy recipes in the comments below!