Super bowl Sunday is almost here! Who are you rooting for? Whether you’re a Niners or Ravens fan, or are just watching the game to see the commercials and the half-time show (you know who you are!), you will be somewhere with lots of people and even more food. Traditional game day food is fried, salty, greasy, crunchy, and not good for you – think buffalo wings, nachos, pizza, sliders, corn dogs. You get the picture. So what are you going to do about it? Give in, eat that stuff, and feel physically and mentally horrible the next day? I don’t think so. I’ve put together some easy to make, healthy, and tasty treats for the buffet table that any football fan would find worthy of screaming, “Touchdown!”
- Shrimp Cocktail with horseradish cocktail sauce (mix prepared horseradish into cocktail sauce)
- Veggies with 3 dips (hummus, guacamole, salsa)
- Fruit skewers
- Chicken satay with spicy peanut dipping sauce
- Sweet and tangy turkey meatballs (use Trader Joe’s frozen turkey meatballs; mix 1/2 cup BBQ sauce mixed with 1 tbs. all-fruit apricot preserves and 1 tbs. all-fruit blackberry preserves – pour over meatballs and cook in microwave or on stovetop until heated through)
- Vegetarian or Turkey Chili
- Spicy Shrimp Skewers – whisk together 3/4 cup all-fruit apricot preserves, 4 tbs. fresh lime juice, 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, and 1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes. Place 1/4 of mixture in a bowl (reserve rest for dipping sauce) with 30 large shrimp (peeled and deveined) to marinate for 30 minutes. Grill 1 1/2 minutes per side. Thread 2 shrimp on each skewer. Serve with sauce.
- Stuffed mushrooms – Cook 1 cup Morningstar meatless crumbles with 3/4 cup marinara sauce and 1/2 tsp. season salt in microwave 2 minutes. Remove stem from 30 mushrooms (white button or baby bella) and stuff with mixture. Sprinkle tops with fresh grated parmesan cheese. Bake in 350 F oven, covered, for 25 minutes. Remover cover, turn oven to Broil, and cook 3 minutes more.
- Potato coins: Cut fingerling or baby yukon gold potatos into 30 (1/4-inch thick) coins and bake at 425F for 15 minutes on a baking sheet coated with olive oil cooking spray; flip and bake 5 minutes more. In a nonstick skillet, saute 1 pound minced onions in 1 tsp. olive oil over medium heat for 15 minutes, or until golden. Top potato coins with 1 tsp. nonfat Greek yogurt, onions, and fresh thyme leaves.
- BLTs: Cook 1 package turkey bacon; crumble. In a skillet, saute 1 package baby grape tomatoes in 1 tsp olive oil; sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt. Fill 30 butter lettuce leaves with turkey, tomatoes, and 1 tsp. nonfat Greek yogurt. Optional, add 1 slice avocado to each “sandwich”.
Remember, Superbowl Sunday is not an excuse for letting your health and wellness goals get derailed. If anything, it’s a day for you to make some healthy food changes by preparing and bringing some new foods to the party. By doing this you are achieving the goal of changing old behaviors and practicing new healthy ones. Take our 28 day Goal-A-Day Challenge and prove to yourself that making changes can be easy. You can and will be successful!