With game day just around the corner, your may be tempted to spend a cheat day on the big event. All the salty snacks and high-fat munchies are too good to pass up when you're cheering for your favorite team. We've got your back. Try these great tasting and, better yet, low fat snack recipes to keep your diet on track and your friends on your side while you call out your colors.
We know you love munching in the early hours of the day and these easy appetizers are a great way to do that! Variety and spice keep things interesting while the the low fat ingredients will make counting calories much easier!
If you love a good cheese ball, you may be avoiding them for fear of fat and calories. But we've got a flavor-rich recipe from epicurious
that will have you pigging out without regret!
Fat Free Cheese Balls
|8 oz fat free cream cheese, softened||1. Blend all but the green onions together, mixing thoroughly.|
|1/2 cup fat free shredded cheddar cheese||2. Cover and chill for an hour in fridge until firm enough to handle.|
|2 tablespoons onion, minced||3. Chop green onion fine and place in bowl.|
|1/2 teaspoon garlic powder||4. Divide cheese mixture into 6-16 balls to size preference|
|2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce||5. Roll balls in green onion mixture|
|1 teaspoon fat free half and half||6. Serve and enjoy!|
|4-6 green onions with tops, chopped fine|
|Fat||3 g (4%)|
|Sat. Fa||2 g (8%)|
|Poly. Fat||0 g|
|Mono. Fat||1 g|
|Carbs||4 g (1%)|
|Sodium||261 mg (11%)|
|Cholesterol||11 mg (4%)|
Tips for making it healthy:Keep balls small so people don't absent-mindedly pick at a large pile until the cheese is gone. This helps you keep track how much you're eating, too.
You can use nuts for extra crunch and protein. Serve with whole wheat crackers or toast. It's more filling and provides better fiber.
It's easy to bring out the infamous Spinach and Artichoke Dip for the big day. Despite the name, this popular dish is loaded with fat and calories you can easily avoid. Instead, serve this whipped dip for a tasty alternative. Or at least make some for yourself and the health-conscious guests at the party. This recipe is from Dishing Out Health
Spinach and Kale Whipped Feta Dip
|1 1/2 cups plain 0% fat Greek yogurt||1. De-stem kale leaves and tear them into small pieces. Place in large bowl with olive oil. Rub together until leaves darken, shrink and soften. Set aside.|
|1 cup fat free feta cheese||2. Add Greek yogurt, feta cheese, garlic and lemon juice to a food processor or blender. Blend for 8-10 seconds until creamy.|
|2 generous handfuls of fresh kale, stems removed||3. Add kale and pulse until kale leaves break apart (2-5 times). Transfer to large bowl.|
|1/2 cup frozen spinach, excess water removed||4. Add diced red pepper, spinach, salt, pepper and crushed red pepper. Mix until evenly combined.|
|1/3 red pepper, diced||5. Transfer to serving bowl and garnish with extra red pepper, feta and olive oil drizzle.|
|2 cloves garlic||6. Serve and enjoy!|
|Juice of 1/2 lemon|
|1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil|
|1/2 teaspoon salt|
|Fresh ground pepper to taste|
|1/2 crushed red pepper (optional)|
|Serving Size: 1/4 cup|
|Fat|| .5 g|
Tips and Notes:If this doesn't sound appealing (but I couldn't see why it wouldn't), try humus. At 15 grams of fat per serving, humus has more fat but less calories. Serves with low fat or whole wheat pita and you've got a game-day winner!
We won't put down all your favorites. In fact, we're encouraging one of the classics! Salsa is actually something you want in your diet. The spice can help stimulate your digestive system and makes a tasty alternative to more dairy-based, fat-filled condiments. If your buying a store brand, keep your eye on the ingredients for sneaky preservatives and chemicals. Or follow this recipe from Kim's Healthy Eats
to make your own!
|1-3 pounds tomatoes. Large grape or a mix of grape and yellow||1. Roughly chop tomatoes, onions and jalapeno peppers|
|1/2 small red onion, peeled||2. Add all ingredients to food processor|
|2 or 3 small jalapeno peppers, to preference||3. Pulse until desired consistency|
|1 clove garlic, minced||4. Serve in bowl, cold or warm|
|Large handful of cilantro|
|1/2 teaspoon red wine vinegar|
|1/2 lemon or lime, juiced|
|Salt and pepper to taste|
Chips can pack on a lot of pounds during game days. They disappear instantly with you ever knowing just how much you've consumed and they're full of empty calories and sodium. Making your own keeps you in control of what you're eating. Whether you're making a small batch for you or a big amount for everyone in the party, keep these recipes from Greatist
on hand for game day.
|Game Day Chips|
|Kale Chips||Carrot Chips||Apple Chips||Sweet Potato Chips|
|1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line baking sheet with parchment paper for less stick.||1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.||1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.||1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.|
|2. Rinse and dry a bunch of kale. Remove stems and tough center ribs.||2. Cut carrots in thin slices, using mandoline for uniform pieces.||2.Cut into thin slices, using mandoline for uniform pieces.||2. Cut into thin slices, using mandoline for uniform pieces.|
|3. Rip into larger pieces. Toss with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper (both sides)||3. Optional: Season with cinnamon, nutmeg or just salt and pepper.||3. Optional: Season with pumpkin spice or cinnamon||3. Brush with olive oil and salt.|
|4. Bake until crisp, about 10-15 minutes. Check frequently.||4. Bake for 45 minutes or until crispy.||4. Bake for 30 minutes, flip and cook for another 30 minutes.||4. Optional: Season with garlic and rosemary|
|5. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until crispy|
It's not just about chips and dip and we've got some recipes that will blow your guests away!
Buffalo chicken wings are a sports favorite but deep fried food isn't on any diet. This recipe from Organize Yourself Skinny
allows you to treat yourself to the same idea with a healthier option.
Buffalo Chicken Subs
|2 tablespoons butter||1. In a skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in hot sauce until combined.|
|1/2 cup hot sauce||2. Stir in shredded chicken until meat is fully coated with hot sauce. Continue to cook until heated through. Set aside. Turn on broiler.|
|3-4 cups shredded chicken breast||3. Cut ciabatta rolls in half and toast|
|12 tablespoons blue cheese yogurt dressing||4. Spread 2 tablespoons of blue cheese dressing on bottom halves of rolls. Divide onions, tomato slices and shredded chicken evenly on top of dressing with chicken on top.|
|1/2 white onion, thinly slice||5. Top each sandwich with provolone cheese|
|2 roma tomatoes, thinly sliced||6. Broil for 3-5 minutes or until cheese is melted|
|3 slices provolone cheese||7. Top with top half of roll and serve!|
|6 ciabatta rolls|
My personal favorite party food are potato skins and I think they go pretty well when you're watching people throw around a pig skin. But again, not the healthiest. But alli
made up a great recipe with only 2 grams of Fat and 127 calories that I can totally get behind.
Stuffed Potato Skins
|4 potatoes, medium size||1. Wash potatoes under cold running water and pierce with fork. Place and cook in microwave for 20 minutes until easily pieced with fork|
|1/4 cup mozzarella cheese, part-skim||2. Cut potatoes in halt lengthwise and scoop out flesh with a spoon into a medium mixing bowl. Save skins. |
|1 cup ricotta cheese, fat free||3. Add the rest of the ingredients (except paprika) to the mixing bowl with potato and mix well.|
|1 cup fat-free sour cream||4. Scoop stuffing back into potato skins.|
|2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese||5. Place potatoes on a glass plate and sprinkle with paprika|
|1/4 cup green onion, chopped||6. Reheat in microwave for about 6 minutes.|
|1/2 teaspoon garlic powder||7. Serve hot. Yum!|
|1/2 teaspoon paprika|
|Sat. Fat||0.86 g|
You can make these with sweet potatoes for extra flavor, too. And cut them into fourths to serve as an appetizer if you don't want to serve such big pieces.
We hope these recipes help you make good choices at your next big get-together. Now you know you don't have to load up your diet just to pig out! We have healthy snacks
right here on our site that can cut down on your baking so check them out! Let us know what your favorite healthy party recipes are on our Facebook
pages and be sure to tag us in your game day photos! Tune in next week for more healthy tips!