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Game Time! Healthy Super Bowl Munchies

Parties can wreak havoc on anyone's eating plan, so I thought I would offer a few suggestions for enjoying your football snacking without too much guilt!

Many of the typical Super Bowl snacks are loaded with both fat and calories, but with a little planning ahead, there are still many yummy munchies you can try! Enjoy!!

Here are some foods you can stock up on that are better than most of what's out there:

Mini Popcorn Cakes, Cheddar Cheese (taste surprisingly like Cheetos - beware!)
Pepperidge Farms Goldfish
Don't forget the veggie and fruit trays, with some light ranch dip. Try cutting the top off a bell pepper, removing the seeds and using it as a 'dip bowl'. To make it even prettier, zigzag the cut!
Light, microwave popcorn
Shrimp cocktail
Hummus and pita toasts (Either buy hummus or quickly make it by pureeing a can of chickpeas (garbanzo beans), a couple teaspoons of lemon juice, and as many cloves of garlic as you like (try starting with 2). I also like to add a handful of roasted red peppers if I have them on hand.
If you need to bring a dip, try one or more of these: Asiago Cheese Dip: In food processor, combine 1 cup 1% or fat-free cottage cheese (drained as much as possible), 1/3 cup light or fat-free cream cheese, 1/4 cup shredded asiago cheese, 1 clove garlic and process until combined. Stir in 1-2 T. chopped green onions, 1-2 T. chopped sun-dried tomatoes. Spoon into small casserole dish, microwave until heated through (about 3-4 minutes). If desired, sprinkle with parmesan cheese and finish under broiler just until lightly browned. Let stand a few minutes before serving to thicken. Garnish with green onion. Serve with thin slices of french bread (sprayed with buttery cooking spray, sprinkled with garlic salt and broiled), or crackers.


Artichoke/Parmesan Dip: (A variation on the above recipe). In food processor, combine 1 cup 1% or fat-free cottage cheese, 3 T. light or fat-free mayonnaise, 1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese, and 1 clove garlic and process until combined. Spoon into bowl. Drain and chop 1 - 14 oz can of artichoke hearts, add to cheese mixture, combine. Spoon into small casserole dish, microwave until heated through (about 3-4 minutes). Finish under broiler just until lightly browned. Serve with same as above. If you like dill, this dip also tastes good with 1 t. dried dillweed mixed in. It gives it different taste, but good - of you like dill.
7-Layer Lite: Fat free refried beans with green chili and lime, chopped tomatoes, chopped green pepper, salsa, fat free sour cream, fat free shredded cheddar cheese, thinly sliced green onions, and a small handful of sliced black olives. Serve with baked tortilla chips.

Baked Crispy Chicken Fingers: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a medium glass or plastic bowl, combine 1 lb. chicken breast sliced into thin strips with 1/2 cup lowfat buttermilk. Cover and put in refrigerator for 10-15 minutes. Combine 1/2 cup crushed corn flakes (or cheese crackers), 1/4 cup italian seasoned breadcrumbs, 1 t. garlic powder, 1/2 t. oregano, and 1/4 t. black pepper in large ziploc bag. After chicken is chilled, drain off liquid and add to ziploc bag, shaking to coat. Add 1 T. olive oil to shallow baking pan. Add chicken. Bake for approximately 4 minutes on each side, or until chicken is thoroughly cooked. Serve with honey mustard dip or light ranch dressing.

Fitness Tip
Just because you're heading to a party where you know you're going to eat, drink and be merry, don't pass on your regular exercise session. A nice, invigorating workout will help you resist some of the more 'decadent' food offerings, will give you more energy and keep your healthy lifestyle on track!

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Erin Rogers, a work-at-home mom of two, is the founder of Health-E-Meals.com, providing practical healthy living resources for busy people. Visit her website to sign up for the FREE newsletter, 'Dinners on the Double' - offering a quick and healthy, no-recipe dinner idea each week. Other available services include quick and healthy recipes, healthy cooking articles, fitness and motivation tips, healthy living web links, and lots more! Erin can be reached via email at erin@health-e-meals.com.

 

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