Let’s be real: the Super Bowl is about so much more than just football. Take it from me, a bona-fide, certifiable, true-blue football hater. That’s a bit harsh, actually. I don’t hate it, I am just completely indifferent to the sport. If it’s on the TV my eyes glaze over and I have a really hard time paying attention to the screen.
But love football or hate it, you have to admit that the Super Bowl is great. It’s the perfect excuse to get together with friends, eat a lot of delicious food, and drink beer/wine/whatever on a Sunday. Let’s not forget about the great new commercials that run during the game, too. That alone gets me excited to watch.
Because typical Super Bowl food is super unhealthy Beth and I have gone ahead and given some standard game-day recipes our healthy once-over. Now, you can indulge and enjoy the day without worrying about massive amounts of saturated fat, calories, and being in a food coma come Monday morning. Oh, and we threw in a healthier cocktail as well. Cheers!
The perfect appetizer: Beth’s mozzarella + grape/cherry tomato skewers. Mozzarella is the least calorie-dense cheese, so these are pretty guilt-free. Dip them in pesto or balsamic vinegar.
Next up, make some healthy bean dip. We layered the following in a bowl: 1/2 can black beans [rinse first to get rid of excess sodium], 1/2 can chopped black olives, a thin layer of fresh salsa, a sprinkling of low-fat shredded cheddar cheese, and topped with a dollop of plain non-fat Greek yogurt [Chobani of course]. You would not believe how indulgent and delicious this tastes. It really does not taste healthy. But it is!
We served the dip with the healthiest chips we could find [these], which have an ingredient list you can pronounce.
For the main course, serve up some vegan ‘buffalo wings’ with vegan ranch dipping sauce.
To make the ‘buffalo wing’ tofu buy 2 packages of the firmest tofu available, then rinse in cold water, slice into strips, heat up 1 tbsp coconut oil in a frying pan, and sauté until lightly browned on each side. Dip cooked tofu into the following hot sauce mixture, coating each side: 1/4 cup melted Earth Balance, 1/4 cup hot sauce, cayenne pepper, paprika, and a dash of sea salt. Serve with vegan ranch dipping sauce: 1 cup Vegenaise, 1/2 cup soy milk, 1 tsp apple cider vinegar, garlic powder, fresh cracked pepper, and a dash of sea salt, mixed together.
For a skinny drink, try our Haute + Healthy fruity margaritas: 1 oz tequila, 1/4 cup seltzer/soda water or coconut water [we love Vita Coco], squeezed wedge of grapefruit, squeezed wedge of lemon and lime.
Our version: Heat 4 tbsp PB2 mixed with 2 tbsp water and 3 tbsp honey on the stove or in your microwave until melted. Pour into a bowl and add 1/3 cup rolled oats [not cooked], 1/4 cup any dried fruit- we used an apricot/tangerine mix, 2 tbsp protein powder, 2 tbsp chopped almonds, and cinnamon. Roll together into balls. Top with unsweetened shredded coconut. Pop in the fridge for 20 minutes, then enjoy! [You may want to double or triple this recipe as it only yielded 4 balls for us.]
So now that you have some healthy recipe ideas, get together with friends and enjoy the game [even if you're like me and have no idea who's playing]!