By Emily McLaughlin
The Super Bowl is right around the corner, and while I don’t really care about who is playing, I’m still looking forward to the whole “eating” aspect of the event. Football games are all about the food for me. Here are some healthy alternatives to your favorite game-time dishes complements of Stay Healthy, Stay Happy and Hungry Hannah.
Don’t buy the bagged stuff, make something better-for-you from scratch. Here are some healthy alternatives to salty potato chips. We’ve got a sweet choice from me and a spicier one from Hannah’s blog.
I’m obsessed with these right now. I bought some wonton wrappers from the local market and tried all kind of recipes out. These potstickers were one of my favorite concoctions.
Super Bowl parties are all about dips — lucky for us, dips are very easy to make healthier. First, try substitution Greek yogurt in for sour cream and avocados in for mayo. Here is a healthy spin on a football party favorite.
Guacamole is a crowd favorite — make it healthier by using fresh ingredients and less salt. Serve it up with some whole grain chips, wheat chips or Trader Joe’s chips with flaxseed. Yum!
Another favorite is chili! Please, please, please try turkey in your chili instead of beef. It might be a little pricier per pound, but it’s leaner and kind to your waistline. When choosing the extras, aim for low/no sodium options.
Here is a recipe from Hannah. This salsa is fresh, delicious, the perfect amount of spicy… yepp. Just make it.
I made these over the summer, meaning to share them with my family, but ate them all myself. Whoops! Whatever… they were good and not so bad for me. Try making these instead of bringing over a boring vegetable tray — plus, those trays usually go untouched anyways.
8. Fruit Salsa
Instead of making a cookie dough dip, a pie, cookies, what have you… make this fruit salsa. Brown sugar and cinnamon add the perfect amount of sweetness. Pair the dip with cinnamon sugar pita chips — homemade or store-bought work.
We really have you covered with healthy dip/salsa alternatives. Try this black bean dip out for size. I served mine with Trader Joe’s sweet potato chips, but a tortilla chip will work just fine as well.
Happy eating! I hope the team your cheering for wins… ;)