Healthy Super Bowl Snacks. Super Bowl Sunday for some people is a day of indulging. You can eat healthy without sacrificing the flavor. Here are a few of my favorites!
Sweet Potato Chips, Blue Cheese, & Walnuts
(Clean Eating Magazine)
2 sweet potato, peeled and cut into thin rounds (extra thin for crispy or up to 1/4 inch thick for a heartier chip)
1 TBSP grapeseed oil (I used EVOO)
2 oz blue cheese
1 TBSP raw honey, melted in small pan
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/8 cup chopped fresh parsley
Preheat oven to 375. Toss potato slices with oil and spread out on parchment lined pan. Bake in a single layer, turning once, until lightly browned and cooked through. Set aside to cool for at least 10 minutes.
In a small bowl, combine walnuts and cheese. When potatoes are cool, top with cheese mixture, drizzle with warm honey, and garnish with parsley.
These were so delicious! I will keep trying different variations of this.
Colorful Bell Pepper Nachos
4 bell peppers, cut into chip size pieces
1/2 cup of cooked and warmed ground turkey with my homemade taco seasoning, (recipe in my blog)
1/2 cup pepper jack almond cheese, shredded
1/4 cup cilantro
1/2 avocado, diced
shredded lettuce, sometimes I mix in shredded spinach for added nutrition. My family never seems to notice or care.
home made salsa or pico
Cut the peppers into chip size pieces
Top with cheese of your choice ( I use pepper jack almond cheese)
Pop the peppers and cheese under the broiler for a 2-3 minutes
Then top them with warm taco meat and all of your fresh toppings and serve them with salsa.
This really satisfied my craving for nachos. Sometimes it just takes tricking your brain to get over those unhealthy cravings we have. Remember take these techniques and change them to your items you have on hand or to your personal taste. Eating healthy should taste good to you. What one person likes, someone else might not. You will never stick to eating healthy if you don’t like what you are eating.
Crispy Sweet potato chips with ranch guacamole = DELISH!
2 sweet potatoes sliced thin
1 TBSP EVOO
1 TBSP Chili powder
1/4 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
Bake at 425 (I use conversation bake on my range) for 20 in single layer minutes turning once half way through. Let cool on paper towel.
I made a quick ranch avocado dip to serve with the chips
1 TBSP lemon juice
1 TBSP home made ranch seasoning (click here for seasoning)
If you eat dairy, mix in greek yogurt to make it creamy. I love it without too.
Mashed it all together until creamy.
I am avoiding dairy but if you eat it, you could add Greek yogurt or sour cream to make it more creamy, use lime instead of lemon and add cilantro. Ranch and avocado are both favorites of mine so this was the best of both worlds.
Love making pizzas for appetizers. Get creative with healthy toppings. These are two of my favorite.
You cannot go wrong with stuffed mushrooms for the big game. I love these and created them with all of the veggies I had so use what you have and change it up.
Gluten Free Stuffed Mushrooms
2 10oz packages baby bella mushrooms (or mushrooms of your choice)
1 TBSP Olive Oil
6 green onions, chopped
2 zucchinis, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 red pepper, chopped
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
Himalayan Pink Salt and Pepper to taste
4 slices of cooked Applegate Turkey bacon, chopped
2 large leaves of kale, cleaned, removed from stalk, and chopped
2 roma tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup gluten free panko bread crumbs
1/2 cup gruyere cheese, grated
1/4 cup fresh parmesan, grated (more to top them if you would like)
Preheat oven to 350. Clean the mushrooms and remove the stems. Dice the stems and add them to a large sauté pan with the olive oil on medium heat. Add the zucchini, onions, peppers, garlic, and seasonings and sauté for about 6 minutes.
Add the kale and cook another 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat
Add tomatoes, cheese, cooked turkey bacon, and bread crumbs and stir all together.
Gently stuff each mushroom as much as you can and leave a mound at the top. Top with a little more cheese if you would like too. Bake uncovered for 12-15 minutes or until cheese is melted.
I had stuffing leftover and will use it in another way or make more mushrooms. I think this stuffing would be great as a crepe stuffing, a large portabella stuffing and then grilled, jalapeno stuffing, and so on. Get creative. Use what veggies and cheese you have. You could use a hot pepper instead of a red pepper for heat, use spinach instead of kale, white onion instead of green, seafood or turkey pepperoni, sausage, or regular bacon instead of turkey bacon and so on. Remember to experiment and have fun in the kitchen. I make things up as I go and change them every time.
Most importantly, remember that you are there to enjoy the game and your company, not just the food. Fill up on healthy food and just have a few indulgences if you want.