Super Bowl Sunday is just a day away and whether you are rooting for the Panthers or the Broncos, you are going to need some nourishment to keep you cheering! Typically, Super Bowl food is synonymous with meat and cheese. Both delicious foods with many nutritional benefits. However, you know what they say, too much of a good thing…
I love Becki’s post because she offers a bit of both worlds – meat and cheese along with fruits and vegetables. While fat is definitely good to have around, especially if there is alcohol at your party (the fat helps to absorb alcohol), there are some healthier, less saturated, ways to go about it.
Take the avocado for example, a wonderful example. I know I have talked about this fruit before and I am sure I will talk about it again. It is just so amazing!! The monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats in avocados can help lower cholesterol levels. The potassium in avocados functions to offset the effects of sodium in your diet. It helps to keep your blood pressure low, and reduce the risk of kidney stones and bone loss. Plus, the avocado is always welcome at a party! Make a big bowl of guacamole instead of the cheese dip and dig into the vitamins! Your taste buds and stomach will be pleased and so will your body!
While I prefer to keep guacamole simple: avocado, tomato, onion, garlic, lemon, and salt, here is a recipe for Creamy Avocado Yogurt Dip. It sounds delicious and puts some calcium and protein to the appetizer with the addition of Greek yogurt. Yum!!
Serve your guacamole with cut vegetables instead of, or along side, the crackers and chips. Vegetables will provide more color for your table and, of course, more nutrients for your guests.
Chili is also another popular food for Super Bowl Sunday. One small change is to use ground chicken instead of beef. I absolutely love ground chicken, even more than ground turkey. It stays juicy and has a bit more flavor, in my opinion. It also tends to be less expensive, which is always nice. I am not a huge beef eater so this is an easy switch for me. My husband, Curt, loves beef and enjoys chicken chili. He will say he prefers chili made with beef, but I think that is just to look macho in front of his friends. It is a small change that will make quite a difference in the saturated fat in your chili. For instance, a 4 ounce serving of ground beef (85% lean) provides 6.47g of saturated fat, ground turkey provides 2.3g, and ground chicken 2.57g. Since Friday was the American Heart Association’s National Wear Red Day, I thought I would include their recipe for Quick Chicken Chili. Looks delicious!!
I feel like I need to revisit the cheese dip, because I must admit, I love it! The Velveeta cheese dip is definitely a guilty pleasure! I remember my sister, Stephanie, making Velveeta Spicy Sausage Dip when her friends would come over for game night, However, I cringe at the thought of actually using Velveeta because it is so processed. So…this year, I made my own Velveeta. I followed a recipe that I found on The Brown Eyed Baker. It still needs to be refrigerated for a few more hours, but so far it looks good! I hope it is a winner!
Whether you are wearing blue and black or blue and orange I hope you have a wonderful Super Bowl Sunday! Score some points for yourself too and fill your plate with winning healthy foods!
Go Carolina Panthers!
Stay tuned, stay healthy,and stay Pretty in the Peak
Marianne Lindgren, MS, RD
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