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Super Bowl Snacks

Author : Julie Kennington


Each year the Super Bowl gathers us together for an afternoon of entertainment and excitement. But no party is quite complete without some snacks, especially finger foods that we can easily pass off to one another between commercial breaks. When we think of these party foods, we find ourselves considering chips, dips, and drinks of the not so very healthy kind. But just because you’re planning a party doesn’t mean you can’t eat healthy. Consider some ways to make some tasty options for your party event that offer health benefits for the occasion.

Healthy snacks

Fresh fruit and vegetables offer very few calories and are a great source of vitamins. Vegetables can double as your chip source, especially when matched with a light dressing. On top of that, fruits can be turned into a variety of snack delights, from skewering apricots on the barbeque pit for some sweet action to creating an apple variety plate composed of all the different types and flavors that the apple offers (Granny Smith, Red and Yellow Delicious, Gala, and Winesap to name a few) that looks and tastes great without much effort. To offer even more flavor, try some yogurt-based dips that are good for digestion and health as well.

Nuts and guacamole are an essential for any snack table, and offer health benefits as well, but are a little higher in caloric counts. Just be sure to select roasted or baked nuts that aren’t salted to keep the sodium content down. If you do need a little flavor, try a little bit of sea salt rather than table salt. These do offer a few extra calories to your daily diet, so consider limiting their availability or quantity to leave room for the rest of the goodies.

Chips and salsa

Chips are one of the biggest sources of calories and cholesterol on the everyday snack list, so make sure that you choose your chips wisely. There are so many different brands and breeds on the shelves these days, and most aren’t going to do your body justice. In order to get that classic great taste without all the non-essential additives, try oven-baked tortilla chips (which are becoming more popular and easier to find) along with a low sodium salsa to complete the classic dish with a healthy touch. The way you serve your chips and salsa will also affect its health quality. Rather than serve them right out of bag and container, put them in bowls so that no one keeps eating without taking note of how much they’re putting in their body.

Healthy meats

No snack table is complete without a few meaty opportunities available, and you don’t always have to fit in a couple of basket of greasy chicken wings into the agenda. Turkey meatballs in marinara sauce not only taste good, but are also much better for your body. Because of the health qualities of Omega 3 nutrients, seafood dishes make an excellent addition to any table. To keep things simple enough for finger food, boiled shrimp with lemon and marinara sauce gives your snack table a healthy bonus that looks and tastes great.

Just because you’re trying healthy alternatives doesn’t mean you have to eliminate sausage from your snack table, so consider loading up some turkey or chicken links onto your grill along with some vegetable additions for extra flavor. You can even prepare them sautéed in a pan with water until they’ve browned and are ready to serve. White meats such as turkey and chicken are far lower in cholesterol and are easier for your body to digest and absorb while still maintaining that flavor a Super Bowl party demands.

Do it yourself

While you might feel compelled to speed things up by ordering out or picking up a few plates at the grocery store, to ensure that you achieve the best health benefits, preparing your snacks and meal yourself is the best way to keep things fit. You can control what goes into each serving and can make sure that the flavor keeps a healthy quality to it. Just remember to plan ahead and leave yourself enough time to prepare for everything properly so you don’t rush yourself or become stressed.

This year, plan to make all your party experiences an opportunity to stay fit and share a healthy touch with those around you. By setting your table up for a healthy feast this Super Bowl Sunday, you can ensure that both you and your guests can enjoy a healthy and tasty Super Bowl experience this year.


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