I eagerly volunteered to tackle this important topic. I love football and the big game is also a significant food event! An estimated 103 million people watched last year. Some tune in to see the game, others care more about the half-time performance and commercials. I think we can all agree, though, that the food served is equally important.
By the time the big game is played in early February, you may be struggling to maintain your healthy eating goals for the new year. The big game might seem like a perfect opportunity to splurge on treats that you’ve been avoiding. I’m not here to make your game day super lame by saying to altogether avoid foods you enjoy. However, I do have some recipe ideas if you’re looking for easy ways to make your party spread both delicious and nutritious.
Here are some proven winners that will have keep your guests satisfied and energized for the nearly 4-hour event!
Cashew Cheese Sauce
Numerous additions can be added to this versatile sauce as it heats up in the pan. Try adding picante sauce, chopped jalapeños, diced green chilies, a pinch of cayenne, cumin, or your favorite hot sauce.View recipe »
In my opinion, no super bowl party is complete without guacamole. This is a very traditional guacamole recipe that won’t let you down. Opt for a sweet onion if you have it. Feel free to add more cilantro or jalapeño to adjust it for your tastes.View recipe »
Black-Eyed Pea Salsa with Mango
Serve with your favorite whole grain tortilla chips for a delicious snack! This sweet and spicy dip is filling and luscious and full of nutrients that will help you power through any day or stay peppy for any party.View recipe »
Lemon Artichoke Hummus
Take your hummus game from good to fantastic with this incredibly luscious blend of flavors. You’ll love it as a dip for veggies or as a sandwich spread, perfect to pair with crisp sprouts and ripe tomatoes.View recipe »
Baked Tortilla Chips
These tasty chips are seasoned with chili powder and cumin. Lime juice adds depth and tanginess. If you don’t have a mister, don’t worry! You can brush on the oil and lime juice with a pastry brush too.View recipe »
Southwestern Potato Skins
Tailgating just got better. Turns out your can have your potato skins and good nutrition too. Feel free to get creative with the vegetables you use—piling these robust skins high with roasted tomatoes, onions, mushrooms and peppers will up your nutritional value without adding many calories.View recipe »
Boneless Buffalo Wings
Offer this leaner version of wings when you host the next big game night. Careful though, they might disappear before the coin toss.View recipe »
Warm Hummus Flatbreads
Top store-bought naan with hummus and veggies for this delicious and easy game day recipe. Switch in your favorite veggies to suit this to your tastes. More supermarkets are now stocking frozen naan which may save you from a last-minute trip to the supermarket on Super Bowl Sunday.View recipe »
Fresh Fruit Kebabs with Lemon Lime Dip
Simple yogurt complements fresh fruit, adding a little bit of protein for a more filling recipe. Encourage kids to get involved in putting these together for a bright party treat.View recipe »