Turkey is to Thanksgiving as snack foods are to Super Bowl parties. In fact, the USDA reports that Super Bowl Sunday is the second biggest day of food gluttony in the United States after Thanksgiving! So much for finally getting on track with losing those holiday pounds. Kickoff to final touchdown can mean three to four hours of noshing on gooey dips, salty chips, and greasy meat sticks. Try this tasty menu with lean protein, fiber, and healthful fats and nutrients. Shhh, just don't mention to your party crowd that you've fine-tuned their eats—bet they won't notice!
Walnut Hummus — In a food processor, puree a 19-ounce can of chickpeas (drained) in small batches until smooth. Add 1/4 cup walnuts and process until smooth. (Optional: Add 1/4 cup jarred, drained roasted red peppers and puree.) Finally, add one teaspoon garlic powder and salt to taste. A final pulsing and you've got a rich-tasting nutritious dip. My favorite munchies to serve with it are baked and reduced in fat and sodium: Cedar's Pita Chips, Hint of Salt Triscuits, Tostitos Baked Scoops, and Synder's Organic Honey Wheat Sticks.
No Sweat Turkey Chili — This recipe is so SO easy and can be made the day before and reheated (actually tastes better). Serve over rice or with pita chips or baked Tostitos. Click here for the recipe.
Chocolate Dipped Fruit — You can't leave out the sugar so you might as well sneak in some nutrients. You can get this grand Super Bowl chocolate covered Edible Arrangement for $76 OR get inspired by the photo to make your own! Slice apples into wedges and cut bananas into marshmallow-sized chunks. Place one cup chocolate chips in the microwave and heat for 30 seconds on high power; stir well. Heat for another 30 seconds if not completely melted and stir again. Dip end of apple wedges into chocolate and lay on waxed paper to cool. Put a toothpick in center of bananas and dip ends in chocolate, then into crushed walnuts (use food processor) or ready-sliced almonds. Pineapple rings, melon wedges, and strawberries also dip well. You can refrigerate the fruit to speed up the cooling process.