The 49th NFL Super Bowl is set for this Sunday in Arizona, which means now is the time to plan the perfect viewing party. Food is a central part of any successful football gathering, but it’s also not usually a very healthy part: lots of cheese, lots of red meat, not too many vegetables. In fact, Americans consume, on average, 1,200 calories worth on snacks on Super Bowl Sunday, second only to Thanksgiving.
While there’s nothing wrong with a treat once in a while, it’s also frustrating to undo days of smart eating and exercise with one evening’s consumption. And even if you plan to indulge in nachos and pizza, it’s nice to have some lighter options available to mix things up–and avoid a food hangover on Monday morning. Here are five snacks that will fit in perfectly at your Super Bowl gathering, but also won’t leave the participants in a food coma before the half-time show even starts.
Baked Buffalo Wings
Wings are a must for any football-viewing party, but they don’t have to be greasy and fattening. These baked wings have all the flavor of traditional buffalo wings with far less saturated fat than the fried version.
Skinny Taco Dip
As far as Super Bowl snacks go, even regular taco dip isn’t too bad: it’s got fiber and protein from refried beans, and nutrients from the produce. This easy recipe lightens things up with reduced-fat cream cheese and sour cream.
Quinoa Pizza Bites
Your guests might be surprised by how delicious these appetizers are–they’re nice and chewy with a perfect cheesy crust. This recipe is one you might start adding to your regular rotation.
Slow Cooker Turkey Chili
There is already a lot to love about chili–namely all those fiber-rich beans it contains. But it can also get pretty high in calories if you throw in a bunch of cheese and make it with ground beef. Make it with lean ground turkey instead, and cook it up in the slow cooker. Just throw everything in late in the morning and it’ll be ready in time for the Puppy Bowl.
Roasted Cauliflower Bites
If you think you don’t like cauliflower, you might want to try it roasted. This healthy vegetable really comes to life when it’s been browned in the oven, and this recipe could convert cauliflower haters into lovers.
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