Whether you’re from Denver, Seattle, or anywhere else in the U.S., Super Bowl Sunday is a national celebration. Some people watch to laugh at the commercials, some watch to yell at the football teams, and some just patiently await the famous- and sometimes infamous-Halftime (think Janet Jackson’s 2004 nip-slip). No matter the reason, people gather around their televisions, stuff their faces, and enjoy some good ol’ all-American football.
But this year, instead of allowing a relapse in your healthy-eating resolution on Super Bowl Sunday, why not stuff your face with some delicious and nutritious finger-foods that are simple and fun to make? Here are just a few ideas that you can fix up in your dorm kitchens (you know, the ones that always seem to have no oven and a malfunctioning microwave), as well as a your functioning home kitchens. Happy cookin’!
1. Creamy Avocado Yogurt Dip. Instead of dipping over-salted tortilla chips into a gooey, gross melted cheese sauce, grab some pita chips and try dipping them into something lighter and, well, greener. All that this smooth, healthy recipe requires is some Greek yogart, avocados, garlic, cilantro, lime, and ground cumin- all items you can find at your local grocery store! With a similar taste to guacamole, this dip lets you enjoy your Super Bowl chips without feeling overindulgent. Check out the recipe!
2. Marinated Olives and Feta on Crackers. For those who want to make their Super Bowl celebration a little more Sex and the City, hit the grocery for this recipe’s light ingredients to go atop of your choice of crackers. Plus, this recipe is perfect for the cooking impaired. Look like a five-star chef to your guests, when in reality, you just put these healthy ingredients in a bowl and throw it in the refrigerator for a little bit. Check out this healthy alternative to your basic American cheese on a saltine!
3. Teriyaki Shrimp Skewers. A Super Bowl party is nothing without greasy, fatty chicken wings covered in heavy sauces, right? Wrong! Pineapples and shrimp come together in this recipe to make an unlikely, but delicious combination. It’s light, tangy and still gets your hands messy. If you don’t have a grill, a wide pan will work too. Try out this healthy alternative to messy finger foods!
4. Buffalo Tofu Fries. Maybe the teriyaki shrimp skewers aren’t enough mess for you. Maybe your Super Bowl celebration isn’t complete without barbeque sauce. This vegan recipe can satisfy your cravings without completely annihilating your healthy resolution. Although you might need to check out your local Whole Foods store to find these ingredients, the abundance of nutrients found in this recipe definitely make it worth the trip. Check out this fun, messy vegan recipe!
5. Black Bean Salsa. What would the Super Bowl be without some chips and beans? With this healthy, light recipe, you won’t have to shy away from beans and miss out on the tradition! With ingredients ranging from tomatoes to red onions, you and your guests will be able to avoid refried beans and enjoy a healthier option that’s easy to make. Find out how to make this delicious salsa.