February 5, 2016

“Score” Healthier Snacks for your Big Game Celebration

There’s one day a year when sitting on the couch, screaming at the TV and paying super-close attention to all the commercials between the main event is an American tradition. Yes, you know what I’m talking about…The Big Game. If you’re ready to have a super time and eat lots of fun snacks out of all kinds of funky plastic bowls (okay, you get the point), I’ve got some great, game-changing suggestions for you on how to make your Big Game celebration a little healthier without sacrificing the appetizers you and your home team loves.

Some suggestions to kick-off your night in style?

Everyone loves wings, right? Well for a healthier option, try broiling or baking them instead of frying. For a dipping sauce, I suggest a spinach artichoke dip using half plain, nonfat Greek yogurt instead of mayo.

To add to the menu, huddle up you family and serve tons of veggies with healthy dunking snacks such as fresh guacamole, homemade hummus, or whip up a ranch dip made with non-fat sour cream. If you crave something crispy, whole grain crackers or baked pita hit the spot. As always watch portion sizes, you don’t want to be “running back” to refill your plate all night long.

If you feel like adding something more adventurous to your playbook, why not create skewers of fruit with a honey yogurt dip on the side, but beware, it might all be devoured before half-time is over.

Lastly, if it’s popcorn your brood hungers for, run with it! Since popcorn is a whole grain, it provides over 3 grams of fiber per serving. Pop your popcorn in an air popper, in the microwave, or on the stovetop. Before serving, sprinkle on a mixture of chili powder, cumin, pepper, paprika and get ready for a fiery kick that will be as good as anything you see on TV!

Enjoy the game!

Football Veges

This “Serving of Health” is brought to you by Diana, Retail Dietitian Supervisor at ShopRite.