I was surprised to learn this morning on my way to work, thank you NPR, that the Super Bowl was the second biggest eating holiday in America right after Thanksgiving. Who knew? So I thought why not do a post about Super Foods that we could all indulge in on Sunday that are easy, nutritious, game time appropriate, AND delicious!
Easy is a really important component of planning for a super bowl party. You want to be able to enjoy the game (and the commercials) without having to serve your guests or do tons of dishes. I’d suggest making things from appetizers to desserts, which can be made in one dish ahead of time, can sit out all afternoon, so people can serve themselves and graze at their leisure.
Because both teams are from the Northeast think about using their geography as inspiration for your food. I have included a few healthy and delicious recipes from Whole Foods Market for new spins on old classics like Chips and Dip, New England Clam Chowder, New York Style Pizza, Chili, and even a Chocolate Cake. These one pot meals, with a little creativity, can be made in to Super Food Dishes for your gastrointestinal pleasures, not to mention vegetarian if you want.
Kale Chips (I shared my recipe for these awhile back!)
- vitamins K, A, and C
- isothiocyanates aid in bodies detoxification process (if you’re consuming adult beverages on Sunday, load up!)
Unsalted or Self Salted Assorted Nuts, watch out for the sodium content! Trader Joe’s carries nuts in a 50% salted version or unsalted version so you can control how much you are consuming.
- cashews: protein, unsaturated fatty acids, copper, magnesium (helps body absorb calcium), manganese
- almonds: protein, lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, antioxidants, magnesium, and potassium
- walnuts: protein, omega-3 fatty acids, promote heart health, improve artery function
Pre-cut veggies with Hummus
- Peppers, cucumbers, carrots, celery, broccoli, and cherry tomatoes all pack tons of great nutrients without tons of calories
- If you’re up for it make your own hummus. Chickpeas are rich in protein and low in bad fats, olive oil (good fat), lemon juice (antioxidants), garlic (improve immunity). If not look for one without preservatives, my fave is from TJ’s
New England Clam Chowder 450 calories per serving
- omit bacon or use turkey bacon
- greek yogurt instead of half and half
Pizza 460 calories per serving
- make a pizza sauce with lots of veggies or add veggies to a store bought option (think stewed tomatoes, roasted red peppers, mushrooms, olives, zucchini, spinach, kale, basil, etc. whatever you like!)
- load up on toppings like red peppers, mushrooms, onions, garlic, tomatoes
- if you eat meat use chicken or turkey sausage instead of pork or beef (less fat)
- go easy on the cheese and use Mozzarella (less fat content)
- use or make your own whole wheat pizza dough. Trader Joe’s carries great pre-made pizza dough and for those abstaining from gluten, Bisquick has awesome gluten free pizza mix!
Touchdown Turkey Chili 340 calories per serving
- Use ground turkey instead of beef or pork and olive oil to brown your meat
- stewed tomatoes and fresh tomatoes bulk up your sauce
- fresh red peppers, mushrooms, onions, garlic
- kidney beans (fiber!)
- remember cheese and sour cream are optional:)
- top with avocado instead for some healthy fat
Pre-Cut Fresh fruit
Flourless Football Cake 440 calories (depending on size of slice)
- gluten free
- cut it into the shape of a football then use white frosting to make it look like a pig skin!
What Super Food will you be making this Superbowl Sunday? Let us know!