Today is Super Bowl Sunday also know as “Super Food Sunday” to most excited Football fans. Wether your cheering on the tough guys in tight pants or your just intrigued to see the halftime show and what Beyonce will be wearing, I’m sure your just as excited about the Super Bowl Food. Generally finger foods are the choice of the evening to allow you to enjoy munching all night long. Being the health nut I am, I like to think of some healthy options to incorporate in between the chili, spicy wings and plate of nachos. Here are a few of my favorites.
Making your own veggie chips is a much healthier and colourful option. Many vegetables will work including my favorite, sweet potato. Many other vegetables area great in the mix including carrot, beet, zucchini, and parsnips.
Sweet Potato Chips
- 2 sweet potato
- sea salt
- 1tbsp grape seed or olive oil
- (optional) herbs such as rosemary, thyme,
- I like some kick so I add some red pepper flakes
- Cut vegetables or slice with a handheld slicer 1/16 inch thick.
- Spread out on a paper towel and sprinkle with salt. Leave for 15 minutes then blot with paper towel. (this draws out the moisture)
- Lay chips in a thin layer on a lightly oiled roasting pan.
- Sprinkle chips with sea salt, and red pepper flakes.
- Bake at 375 degrees until crispy, approximately 30 min, flipping 3 times throughout
- Let cool and enjoy!
Cheesy zucchini sticks
- 2 zucchini
- 3 tbsp of grated parmesan cheese
- Garlic salt and pepper
- Grape seed or Olive oil, enough to cover the pan
- Wash and cut zucchini
- Mix parmesan, garlic salt and pepper and paprika
- Coat damp zucchini in the cheese mixture
- Place pieces on oiled pan.
- Bake at 375 degrees until lightly brown, approximately 30 min
Super Bowl foods don’t have to be artery clogging. With a little planning, you can continue the tradition of delicious tasty foods to some of your favourite dishes. Here are a few more ideas to help create a “healthier” super bowl menu.
Nachos: Try adding lean ground beef, and be creative with your toppings. Sun dried tomatoes, artichoke, and peppers are all amazing on nachos. Try dipping with the guacamole and salsa and maybe stay away from the sour cream.
Make your own nuts mix: Bagged mixed nuts often come over saturated with unhealthy oils and salt. Make your own mix with raw saltless nuts, raisons, and dark chocolate pieces.
Wings: Again, making your own with a dry rub rather then the store bought sauce can save you from the sugar and preservatives found in boxed foods.
Veggie tray: The supper bowl starts at 11am and kick off isn’t even until 6pm. This means it’s a long day of constantly snaking away. Having those vegetables on hand will help keep you full with a healthier option.
Allow yourself to indulge a little but keep in mind, your body doesn’t need much fuel on a day when your going to be sitting or laying majority of the day while watching the big game.