Game day is coming up, and it will be a celebration of all that is great in America – sport, TV, friends, and food. Nutritionally, chow served up during Superbowl parties leaves much to be desired.
If the combo of sodium and fats in buffalo wings/blue dip isn’t bad enough, we also tend to go portion numb while focusing our attention on the big screen. As a result, we graze for four hours straight, racking up calories and unnecessary anti-nutrients.
What to do, without ruining the festivities and still having fun finger food around?
1. Start with soup. A good veggie soup, or this wonderful mushroom bisque we’ve been turned on to, can help warm up your guests, and fill everyone’s tummy at a low caloric cost.
2. Chopped veggies. Buy lots of carrots, radishes, cucumbers, bell peppers of all colors. Get some broccoli and cauliflower too. Spend time cleaning, peeling, and chopping / julienne-ing them before the game. You should have several mound of veggie sticks, florets, and discs by the time you are done.
3. Yogurt as a base for dips. Choose a plain, nonfat or low-fat yogurt as the base for your dips. If using Greek yogurt and it is too thick, you can thin it by adding some water.
4. Avocado love. We are big fans of avocado. Superbowl Sunday has become a huge guacamole-fest and recipes abound.
4.a. A real quick fix – peel and mash 2 avocados. Squeeze half a lemon on top. Toss in 2 hard boiled eggs. Add some diced chives. Mix and salt. Enjoy.
4.b. Here’s a twist – instead of utilizing chips as the guac delivery mechanism, use soft flexible green leaves – certain types of lettuce and spinach.
5. Food placement. Think strategically about people’s sitting arrangement while watching the game. Decide what you want to put at arms reach vs. what requires getting up to the buffet table. You’ll be surprised how fast that veggie platter gets demolished!
Good luck, and enjoy the game! (and commercials