The BIG game is just around the corner! Whether you’re a sports fanatic or simply enjoy watching the halftime show, it’s an exciting event to celebrate each year with family and friends! Unfortunately, most game day parties include unhealthy food choices. Switch it up this year and prepare healthy snacks that are delicious and just as satisfying without the empty calories. Here a few of our picks for healthy appetizers that will please the roaring crowds.
This guilt-free game day snack will be gone before the first quarter. Serve with cut vegetables to add crunch and cut out processed carbohydrates.
- 1 head of garlic
- 1¼ teaspoon olive oil, divided
- 1 (15.8 ounces) can of northern beans (or cannellini)
- ¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Peel most of the skin off the head of garlic. Cut top off of garlic head to expose individual cloves. Drizzle about 1 teaspoon of olive oil over garlic, lightly coating it. Wrap garlic in aluminum foil and bake in oven for 45 minutes. While garlic is roasting, warm beans in small pan on low heat.
When garlic is finished roasting let cool. In a food processor, combine the warm beans, cilantro, salt, pepper and roasted garlic cloves until smooth. If the consistency is too thick, add a little olive oil at a time until you reach the right mix.
Crab and Roasted Red Pepper Stuffed Mini Peppers
Skip the mayonnaise-drenched crab salad from the grocery store and choose these easy-to-make stuffed peppers instead. Double the recipe for a hungry crowd.
- 6 mini sweet peppers, halved lengthwise
- 1 cup crab meat
- ½ cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
- 1 cup roasted red peppers
- ⅓ cup lemon vinaigrette
Lightly toss the crab meat, tomatoes, sweet corn and vinaigrette in a small bowl. Fill each half pepper with the mixture and store refrigerated for up to 4 hours.
This main course is both filling and fun. Kids big and small will enjoy adding their own toppings and going back for a second creation.
- 1½ cups dried quinoa
- 3 cups water
- 1 (1.3 ounces) package taco seasoning
- 1 (14 ounces) can black beans
- 3 cups chopped lettuce
- 1-2 tomatoes, chopped
- 1 avocado, chopped
- 1 small can sliced black olives, drained
- Greek yogurt
Cook quinoa according to package instructions. Stir in taco seasoning. Place toppings in bowls and arrange a Taco Station. Serve bowls of quinoa and let everyone make their own masterpiece!
Whether you are celebrating the sweet taste of victory or need to wash away the bitterness of defeat, this easy dish will be a sweet way to wrap up the night.
- Non-stick cooking spray
- Apples (as many as you’d like)
Slice as many apples as you’d like into ¼ in. thick pieces. Heat waffle iron and spray with non-cook spray. Place apples side by side in iron and close for about a minute. Add cinnamon or other spices of your choice.
These guilt-free snacks will be a hit with your friends and family. Enjoy the Big Game!