The Super Bowl isn’t just about cheering on your favorite sports team, checking out the halftime show or watching hilarious Super Bowl commercials. It’s also about socializing and, of course, eating. But you don’t have to take a time-out from good nutrition on Super Bowl Sunday. Whether you’re hosting a party for the big game, or bringing a dish to someone else’s party, we’ve got five delicious and healthy recipes that are sure to score you a touchdown.
1. Portobello Mushroom Mini Pizzas
Don’t want the usual carbs from eating pizza? No problem! This recipe uses portobello mushrooms instead of pizza dough. Plus, these mini “pizzas” only take five minutes to make. That means less time in the kitchen and more time watching football and socializing with guests. Check out this video with nutritionist Kimberly Snyder to learn about the health benefits of portobello mushrooms.
2. Skinny Potato Skins
Whose mouth doesn’t water at the thought of cheesy, creamy potato skins? But this popular finger-food is jam-packed with fat and calories. Unless you have a pair of expandable pants, try cooking up this recipe, which has 400 calories and 32 grams of fat LESS than the average restaurant version. Want to make these even healthier? Consider using sweet potato skins instead.
3. Finger-Lickin’ Chicken Strips
If you like Buffalo wings you’ll love these easy and muy caliente chicken strips. All you need are four large chicken breasts, salt, pepper, barbecue sauce, Tabasco, chili powder and cayenne pepper. Check out the full recipe here. Oh, and don’t forget to bring some extra napkins. These can get a little messy, but that’s a small price to pay for deliciousness.
4. Hot Artichoke and Spinach Dip
Creamy artichoke dip just got a healthy makeover. This recipe from Todd Wilbur of topsecretrecipes.com uses Greek yogurt in place of sour cream, which trims off 200 calories and 8 grams of fat. Now you can spend more time keeping track of the score instead of your calories. Another bonus of adding Greek yogurt to your dip: Yogurt is surprisingly good for your sex life.
5. Berry-Nectarine Trifle
Forget the cookies and store bought brownies this Super Bowl. Cook up this light and luscious dessert recipe from Frances Largeman-Roth, RD. It’s made with lemon crème, pound cake and fresh fruit. A serving is less than 350 calories, plus it’s loaded with healthy nutrients like vitamin C, fiber and folate. That’s a win-win if you ask us.
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