As a dedicated football fan, the Big Game marks the pinnacle of football greatness with the best teams competing for the coveted trophy. For others, it is a great time to watch funny commercials and a great half-time show. Whatever the case, it’s important to not lose track of those healthy eating goals as the Big Game is the first test of your New Year’s resolutions.
Untraditional Veggie Platters
It’s important to always have a vegetable platter for a game day party. Vegetables are a low calorie, tummy-filling option; but let’s face it, carrots and celery can get boring. Jazz up your party platters with unique vegetables like radish, endive, and jicama. These winter vegetables add brightness and crunch to any party platter.
These are also a necessity to any veggie platter. Try incorporating bean based dips like hummus, black bean, and edamame. You can also use Greek yogurt as a base to your dips instead of fuller calorie options. All these dips will give you a balance of carbohydrate and protein, keeping your hunger cravings at bay.
- 1 cup Greek Yogurt
- 1/2 Kirby cucumber, finely diced/or shredded
- 2 tablespoon dill, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- Salt + Pepper to taste
Directions: Stir all the ingredients together and serve in a chilled bowl
After filling up with veggies, you may be ready for a Cheesy Hot Dip to satisfy your cravings. To save on calories, look for reduced fat cheeses, sour creams, and even try using yogurt as a binder. Don’t skimp on flavorings like onion, garlic, and scallions.
Skinny Buffalo Chicken Dip
- 1 pound rotisserie chicken breast
- 4 ounces Neufchatel cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup reduced fat sour cream (or use non-fat Greek yogurt)
- 1/2 cup crumbled reduced fat blue cheese
- 1 cup shredded part skim mozzarella
- 1/2 cup hot sauce
¼ cup reduced fat cheddar cheese
¼ cup sliced olives
1 stalk scallions, sliced
- Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly coat cast iron skillet or baking dish with olive oil cooking spray.
- To create shredded chicken: Remove skin on rotisserie chicken breast and shred with a fork.
Note: You can also simmer raw chicken breast in low sodium chicken stock for approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. Remove chicken breast and once cooled, shred with a fork.
- In a bowl, combine shredded chicken, all cheeses, and hot sauce. Scoop mixture into prepared baking dish and bake for about 30 minutes. Remove dish and sprinkle on toppings. Place back in the oven for an additional 5-10 minutes. Serve hot!
Spinach Artichoke Dip
- 4 ounces Neufchatel cream cheese
- ½ cup non-fat Greek Yogurt
- ¼ cup parmesan-Reggiano cheese
- ½ cup shredded reduced fat mozzarella cheese, split
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- Salt + Pepper, to taste
- 10 ounces frozen spinach, thawed and drained
- 10-ounce jar artichokes, packed in water and drained
- Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly coat cast Iron skillet or baking dish with olive oil cooking spray.
- In a bowl, combine cream cheese yogurt, parmesan cheese, ¼ cup mozzarella cheese, seasonings, drained spinach, and artichokes.
- Place mixture in prepared pan and top with remaining ¼ cup mozzarella cheese. Bake for about 20 – 30 minutes. Serve hot!
The Perfect Dipper must be carefully selected in serving your dip. Look for 100% whole grain crackers and chips to give your Super Bowl a fiber boost. Pretzels, Whole Grain Pita Bread and baguettes, along with corn chips can be the perfect completion to your Super Bowl feast.
It’s important to focus on friends and family during any gathering, but being prepared in the kitchen can always help towards your healthy eating goals.
American Dairy Association North East is one of 16 state and regional promotion organizations working under the umbrella of the United Dairy Industry Association. It is the local affiliate of the National Dairy Council®, which has been conducting nutrition education and nutrition research programs since 1915. For more information, visit www.americandairy.com.