Snacking goes hand-in-hand with football and there is no day that better exemplifies this fact than Super Bowl Sunday. For the day of the Big Game, you will need big recipes and that usually means loads of carbohydrates, added sugars, sodium, and calories – a mixture that your body will regret on Monday. Maybe it’s time to consider a healthier Super Bowl lineup.
When you consider healthy alternative to delicious favorites, sometimes we sacrifice the taste by cutting out essential ingredients to lower the caloric count, but that doesn’t always have to be the case. We all know that there are healthier tasty snacks, like my scrumptious Quinoa, Sweet Potato and Kale Patties, but where’s the Super Bowl spirit in that? Here are some healthy twists to the classics that use healthy alternatives to the traditional ingredients.
Dynamite Chicken Wings
Full of flavor and sure to fill up your guests, chicken wings have long been a staple of sporting events. Following this recipe will yield crispy, satisfying wings with a kick. The key is to use butter and baking the wings to get the crisp outer skin that usually is a result of deep frying. Almond flour is a healthy alternative to all-purpose flour with. Look for organic herbs and spices as much as possible because the non-organic alternatives usually contain high concentrations of pesticides and preservatives. Learn more about why you should eat organic herbs and spices.
1⁄3 cup NOW raw almond flour
1 tablespoon organic paprika
1 teaspoon ground sea salt
1 teaspoon organic black pepper
1/2 teaspoon organic cayenne pepper
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
10 chicken wings
- Preheat oven to 425°F.
- Make sure the wings are dried, especially if the wings are thawing. Pat dry with a paper towel.
- Combine almond flour, paprika, garlic salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper in a plastic bag.
- Shake to mix ingredients, then add wings. Shake to coat wings.
- Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and melt the butter on it.
- Place wings on baking sheet and turn to coat the wings with butter (which makes it crispy).
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Turn wings over and bake for 15 more minutes or until crispy and done.
Healthy, Sweet Kettle Corn Popcorn
As a staple snack for anytime you are sitting in front of a television or movie screen, variations on flavors of popcorn are abundant. Compared to many other snack foods, popcorn tends to be lower in calories because it is whole grain and an excellent source of fiber. I love the salty-sweetness of kettle corn, but the store-bought varieties are high in sugar and calories. Remember that even using organic popping corn, the snack can be considered a junk food. Popcorn is really only as unhealthy as the toppings – using organic popping corn heated in a pot or microwave is actually a pretty healthy snack.
But we are all attracted to delectable treats, so just plain old popcorn won’t be enough for Super Bowl Sunday. Follow this recipe that uses coconut palm sugar and agave nectar to have a healthier kettle corn to serve at your party. Coconut palm sugar has less of an insulin response than table sugar and is a great substitute in a gluten-free diet to stabilize blood sugar levels. As a bonus, when made into kettle corn, coconut palm sugar has natural sweet notes of butterscotch and caramel!
3 ounces popped organic popcorn, approximately 3 quarts
1 cup salted peanuts
4 ounces unsalted butter
1/4 cup agave nectar or honey
1/2 teaspoon Simply Organic vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 250°F.
- Grease a baking pan with butter or line with parchment paper.
- Combine the popcorn and peanuts in a large mixing bowl. Set aside until ready to use.
- Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add coconut palm sugar sugar, agave syrup/honey and vanilla and stir until combined. Heat and stir constantly for approximately 10 minutes.
- Pour the sugar mixture over the popcorn and stir to mix. This step must be performed quickly, as the sugar mixture hardens relatively fast. Spread the mixture onto the prepared sheet pan and bake in the oven for 1 hour. Cool completely.
- Break into pieces and serve immediately. Leftovers can be kept for 2-3 additional days.
TACO TUESDAY Nachos
This finger-food classic is only as healthy as the effort you put into it. Essentially, the core ingredients can be healthy by using lean beef, fresh vegetables, and multigrain nacho chips. Trust me, it actually tastes better when you use fresh ingredients and don’t overdose on the cheese. Try your own combinations of toppings to add a twist to your dish.
2 teaspoons organic coconut oil
3/4 pounds lean ground beef (also works with pulled or shredded pork)
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 (15-ounce) can Black Beans, rinsed
8 ounces multigrain tortilla chips
10 ounces sharp Cheddar or pepper Jack cheese, grated (about 2.5 cups)
1/2 head organic iceberg lettuce, shredded
1 large tomato, cubed
1 avocado, cubed
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Heat coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add ground beef, onion, garlic, and Flavorgod seasoning and cook until meat is browned (6-8 minutes). Stir in beans and cook for another 2-4 minutes.
- Spread chips on the baking sheet and spoon beef mixture over the chips. Sprinkle grated cheese and bake for about 10-12 minutes, until chips are crispy and cheese is melted.
- Remove from oven and top with lettuce, beans, tomatoes, avocado, jalapenos, cilantro, and sour cream. Serve hot!
The key to a healthier Super Bowl Sunday is to use as many fresh organic vegetables and seasonings as possible. Not only do these ingredients add a layer of freshness to your dishes, but also makes them so much healthier than packaged foods.