The biggest game of the year is approaching which means endless nachos, wings, dips, and other party snacks--yum! But for some, this day can be a bit daunting, especially for those who are eating healthier. If you’re looking for better-for-you Super Bowl swaps this season, no need to look any further - I’ve got you covered. These innovative substitutions are both flavorful and nutritious. Your guests will be sure to ask for the recipes after coming back for seconds!
- Ricotta Cheese for Cream Cheese
Buffalo chicken dip is the ultimate fan favorite at any Super Bowl party! One of the main ingredients in most buffalo dips is cream cheese. Replace cream cheese with ricotta cheese for more protein, less sodium, and less fat without sacrificing the creamy texture. No one will know the difference. Now you’ve got a better-for-you, protein packed dip!
- Grilled Chicken Wings for Fried Chicken Wings
Grilled chicken wings are a hot item and pair exceptionally well with fruit or vegetable-based dips or salsas. Try marinating your chicken in pineapple juice for 20 minutes, grill the chicken until done, then top with a low sodium BBQ sauce and the pineapple salsa below. Your guests will savor the delicious flavor!
Spicy Pineapple Salsa
- 4 cups diced pineapple
- 2 jalapenos
- ½ sweet onion
- 2 chopped tomatoes
- ½ bunch of cilantro
- Pinch of salt/pepper
- Smashed Sweet Potato Bar for Loaded Fries Bar
Move over loaded fries, these smashed sweet potatoes are the next big thing! Smashed sweet potatoes can easily be used as a main course instead of hamburgers or hot dogs. Sweet potatoes are high in potassium and are rich in fiber, helping you feel full longer. This smashed sweet potato bar is light, flavorful, and customizable - you can truly top these any way you want. To prepare, rinse and boil the sweet potatoes for 10 minutes. Cut each into quarters and smash with a fork. Place in the oven at 400 degrees and bake for 15-20 minutes, until the outside becomes crispy. Pair with a low-fat sour cream, corn, tomatoes, salsa, beans, and herbs for toppings.
- Dessert Board for Candy
Instead of offering candy to your guests, how about a fun dessert board instead? Selecting 5-8 options allows guests a variety to choose from. Here are some ideas:
- Simple Truth Date Bars chopped into squares
- Simple Truth Pack Bars chopped into squares
- Berry Compote (heat berries in saucepan for 5-10 minutes to make a sauce-like consistency)
- Raspberry Chia Seed “Jam” (mash a pack of raspberries and mix with 2 TBSP of Chia seeds)
- Simple Truth Dark Chocolate varieties
- Frozen Grapes
- Graham Crackers
- Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter
- Flavored Sparkling Water for Soda
Ditch calorie-packed soda and opt for flavored sparkling waters instead! There are endless amounts of flavors that pair well with fresh fruit for a mocktail. You can easily create a mocktail station with colorful straws, cups, and different fruits and herbs for mixing. This is a refreshing option that the kids can enjoy too.
Disclaimer: This information is educational only and not providing healthcare recommendations. Please see a healthcare provider.