I live in a hardcore Patriots fan family. And I am just going to say it…. we aren’t used to NOT being in the Super Bowl! This year it’s more about hanging out with family and friends, watching the hilarious commercials and seeing J.Lo and Shakira shake their booties during the halftime show. I am taking some typically unhealthy football favorites and tweaking them to be healthy super bowl snacks! Remember the healthy versions can be just as delicious when you use a little creativity!
1) Bean and Veggie Nachos
I LOVE nachos. The more piled on the better, but the calories can add up quick! Swap out the meat for beans (black or pinto work best) for a healthy protein and fiber source. Add some sautéed peppers and onions, some pico de gallo, and sprinkle on some cheese or “cheese”. Once out of the oven serve with a side of Greek yogurt in place of sour cream and some guacamole!
2) Simple Healthy Wings
Is it even possible to watch a televised sports game without wings? I can tell you my husband would say NO! We have tried baking, grilling, broiling, smoking and nothing compares to air fried! Just toss them in salt and pepper or your favorite dry rub (we love Slap Your Mama Cajun) and “fry” them up. Put out different dipping sauces and your guests and spice them up to their preferred heat!
3) Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
Now let’s get something straight, I am by no means saying these will taste the SAME as buffalo wings. BUT they are a great meat free alternative! Again, cooking the cauliflower in an air fryer will make them nice and crunchy and then toss them in buffalo sauce when they get out. Dip in blue cheese dressing and serve with celery and carrot sticks.
4) Portobello Personal Pizzas
Portobello mushrooms are fantastic in that they are SUPER versatile. Bake portobellos in the oven until about ¾ the way done. Take them out top with marinara sauce, cheese, some fresh basil and put them back in under the broiler for a couple minutes. These pizzas a lower in carbs, higher in fiber, and if you want to add some protein try topping with some shredded chicken!
5) Chipotle Chicken Sweet Potato Skins
Potato skins are an old favorite but change them up by using sweet potatoes. They are a better source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and fiber. Top with chicken, spinach, and a little shredded cheese (or in my case I use dairy free “cheese”)
6) Air Fryer Zucchini Fries
Dip zucchini sticks in egg, then a mix of panko bread crumbs and parmesan cheese and fry them up in the air fryer. My favorite is to dip them in warmed marinara sauce. Or do a combination of potatoes, sweet potatoes and zucchini to lighten up and add fiber to plain ol’ French fries!
It is easy to whip up some healthy super bowl snacks everyone will enjoy! By making some healthy swaps that add in vegetables, fiber and lean protein and cut out some of the processed foods and unhealthy fats. But most importantly spend time with your family and friends and HAVE FUN!