The preparations for Super Bowl parties are upon us! The big game has become a widespread tradition for many American families – and with it comes several foods and snacks that are an essential part of the celebration!
At every Super Bowl party I’ve been to, there are a few must-have menu items that everyone expects – chips, hamburgers, buffalo wings and chili.
But many of these party foods can leave you full of regret, especially after packing down hundreds of calories of saturated fats and high amounts of sodium in the chips, desserts and processed meats.
The good news is that there are plenty of healthy alternatives! Just because certain foods are part of the tradition, it doesn’t mean they can’t be eaten in moderation or modified.
Here are some great ideas for better-for-you options that are so delicious, your family and friends will be asking for them in years to come!
1. Instead of unlimited chips, serve up unlimited veggies
People will usually munch on whatever is placed in front of them, so instead of heaping baskets of tortilla chips, set out sliced raw vegetables that are ready to eat. Whenever I put sugar-snap peas, carrots, cucumber and broccoli on the table, they’re gobbled up within minutes.Pair them with some yummy hummus or guacamole for a delicious and nutrient-filled snack that guests of all ages can’t turn down.
2. Make the switch to kale chips
Another chip alternative that’s quickly gaining popularity is The Kale Chip. While they can be sort of expensive at the store, you can make your own for a fraction of the price – and make large quantities for hungry football fans. Trust me, with the right seasonings, your friends and family will be shocked they’re eating dried kale.
3. Create faux-junk food
There are lots of ways to make faux-versions of your favorite indulgence. Here are a few of my favorites:
Do you have any healthy swaps to add to this list?