Sunday, February 7, 2016

Healthier Game Day Treats



Happy Game Day!!! If you are like me, today is not Super Bowl 50, but instead Beyonce Bowl 2. Today is about cheering for your team, watching commercials, enjoying the halftime show and most importantly EATING. The classic game day foods will be all around and most likely not the healthiest options. Enjoying in moderation is always key, see my blog on portions, but wouldn't it be nice to have a few more healthier dishes beside that veggie tray to enjoy without feeling guilty?

I spent the morning whipping up some very simple recipes that are healthier versions of classic game day foods. The flavors are bold and spicy. 

Starting line up: Appetizers are the champions of super bowl food. Finger foods and dips win the ring every year.  I have created three baked appetizers that are built to dunk in your favorite dips.



Baked Onion Rings: A classic onion ring is greasy and fried, but these! They are crispy, baked and made with  whole grain panko instead of batter. Paired with a chipotle Greek yogurt dip, spicy mustard or simple ketchup, these will be devoured.


Spinach balls:  Hidden greens inside these bite size yummies is key. I paired them with hummus.  RECIPE HERE



Buffalo Bites: Everyone craves hot sauce while watching the game, but the battered fried chicken wings will leave you feeling heavy. Mixing the same spicy sauce over cauliflower is a lighter option packed full of fiber. Dip them in a cool Greek yogurt ranch to get same taste of wings without the fat. RECIPE HERE



Half-Time show: Dipping and dunking appetizers is part of the fun while watching the game, but it often leaves me feeling unsatisfied and searching for "real food."  Most parties I have been to have pizzas as the main meal, but instead I made a lean turkey chili. The lean protein in the turkey will help you feel full and satisfied, and adding toppings helps individualize each bowl.



Hope you enjoy these recipes during today's game. GO BEYONCE!!!

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