Flavorful, Calorie-Light Super Bowl Snacks

calorie light super bowl snacks

The Super Bowl

A time where we Americans come together to fall off the New Year’s Resolution health wagon and back into our usual, carefree eating patterns.

A day where the average American might eat an entire day’s worth of calories during the game. And it’s not just a few of us participating. On average 43.3 million Americans throw Super Bowl parties, and a whopping 70 million people attend these festivities. That’s a lot of dip and chicken wings – 1.3 billion to be more exact. So how do we keep from reversing all of that hard January work in one day and not feel like a party-pooper showing up with a veggie tray and non-fat dip? Here are a few recipes that might score you some major points.

Skinny Creamy Mexican Dip

Mix together:
  • 1 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup chunky salsa
Stir in:
  • ½ medium diced avocado
  • ⅓ cup chopped cilantro
  • ¼ cup chopped red onion
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

Add salt and pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate for an hour or so for the flavors to really set and serve with baked tortilla chips or your favorite crunchy vegetable.

Healthy Black Bean Dip

In the bowl of your food processor combine the following:
  • 1 15-ounce can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup chunky salsa; picante sauce is preferred
  • 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin

Process until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste, and serve with baked chips or carrot sticks.

Skinny Cheese and Bean Nachos

By substituting refried beans for black beans and using low-fat cheese and baked tortilla chips, you can really save some calories.

Preheat oven to 4000F. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Place the tortilla chips in a single layer. Sprinkle with low-fat cheese of choice. Using the low-fat shreds is the easiest way to cut the calories and have even melting. Then top each chip with black beans, salsa, red onion, and jalapeno. Bake for 10 to15 minutes until the cheese is nice and bubbly. Garnish with chopped cilantro.

Teriyaki Chicken Wings

This game’s nothing without a chicken wing, so we need a recipe that cuts out some fat. Wings are typically deep fried and sauced to the top. Try this low-fat version that’s sure to please.

Wisk together:
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup soy sauce; use low-sodium to cut salt not flavor
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup pineapple juice
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced, fresh ginger

Place in a large ziplock bag and add three pounds of chicken wings. Let marinate in the refrigerator for an hour or longer; overnight is best. Heat oven to 3500F and grease a baking dish. Take the wings out of the marinade and shake off any excess marinade. Place in baking dish in a single layer and cook for an hour until the chicken is cooked through and the glaze is an even brown.
 

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