With Super Bowl just a few days away, we decided to share some of the healthy alternatives to our favorite game day foods. Read along to learn about what our favorite guilt pleasures are and our favorite Super Bowl Snacks. Who are you most similar too? Do you have some great alternatives too? Write and comment below.
I must confess, I don’t like football. Alex always rolls her eyes at me when I admit it. She doesn’t understand it. But you guys know I love to gub! Before I started taking care of myself by eating healthy and working out I ate JUNK. I mean seriously horrible food. I ate fast food probably 5 times a week. Anyways, now that I’m very conscious of what I eat and I make healthier food choices (although I’m FAR from perfect), my body has gotten used to these healthier alternatives. Here are a few of my favorite unhealthy junk foods and the alternatives.
*I always make vegetarian/pescatarian reccos here are some of my favorite game day snacks with meat*
Unhealthy food: Pepperoni pizza
Healthy alternative: Thin crust pizza with veggies
Homemade whole wheat thin crust pizza, with skim milk mozzarella, basil and tomatoes. If I’m really craving meat, I’ll throw some turkey pepperoni on there, but very sparingly. That stuff is still pretty bad for you.
Unhealthy food: Buffalo wings
Healthy alternative: Boneless grilled chicken strips
…with a side of buffalo sauce. I cut the strips into small pieces and dip them into the sauce. I think I prefer these to traditional wings. It’s really good!
Unhealthy food: Sweets (cake, cookies, ice cream, etc. )
Healthy alternative: Fruit
I don’t really have a huge sweet tooth, but when I do I eat a bowl of mixed berries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries. Fruit is naturally sugary so it’s a great sweet fix and you can eat as much as you want!
I love the SUPER BOWL! I am a huge football fan. I especially love the Cowboys. I wake up with so much excitement on Super Bowl Sunday. The yelling at the TV, trash talking and a buffet of food all make this day great until the heartburn kicks in from all the indulgence. Here are my favorite foods and the healthier alternatives I like to have before and during the Super bowl.
Budweiser and Margaritas– In my days at Texas Tech, I discovered free brews and cheap margaritas. Sadly, this love still haunts me, but I’ve found great healthier, alternatives. Instead of drinking beer and margaritas, I try to have a glass of wine or a skinny margarita instead. Try my own personal twist on a skinny flavored margarita- I call it the Fizzy Thick Margarita!
Alex’s Fizzy Thick Margarita
- 1.5 oz. tequila
- 1 Raspberry Emergen-C packet (you can use crystal light or sparking flavored water instead)
- 5 oz. water
- 1 oz. lime juice
- Calories: 130
- Tip: You can change the flavor of this drink by using a different flavors of Emergen-C packets. Lemon-Lime and cranberry pomegranate are also 2 of my favorites. Throw in some frozen fruit to garnish and to keep your drink cold instead of ice.
Chips and Dip- My plate will always have some form of chips and dip. My favorite dips are queso with rotel, french onion and sour cream dip. I love to scoop up my dips with some Ruffles or Lays. Instead of these, I pile on the salsa (mango and pineapple are two of my favorites) and make my own fresh guacamole. I eat organic blue corn tortilla chips with these but you can also have baked chips instead. A cool alternative to chips are Kale chips. They are very easy to make, packet with nutrients. Trust me, they are good!
Boneless Wings- Wings are a must at any sports gathering in my opinion. I used to go for the boneless wings because I don’t have to worry about embarrassing myself while eating them in public like regular bone-in wings. Whitney and I share the love for the healthier alternative, grilled chicken with buffalo sauce. I prefer to cut my chicken into bite sizes and toss them in some Tabasco or Louisiana hot sauce.
Two of my favorite things: Food and Sports. Find an event that involves the two and I’m all in. Here are some of my favorite Game Day Grub items and how I make them healthier:
Swedish Meatballs are my absolute fav. Don’t tell anyone but I can take down over a dozen of these things when no one is watching. Healthy alternative: Make them with ground chicken and turkey. They key with turkey is seasoning it. Use fresh herbs to give it pow, like fresh basil, diced onions, etc. Use some oatmeal instead of bread crumbs for texture.
Spinach dip I Love spinach dip with a big L. Just this week, my mom made some spinach dip partially from scratch. She used a packet of dip mix and instead of using 1 cup of mayonnaise like the recipe suggested. She used 1/3 cup of light mayo, 1/3 cup of greek yogurt, and a 1/3 cup of light cream cheese. It was very delish and for the first time I eat spinach dip without my beloved cheesy Doritos.
Of course with all this eating you’ll need something to wet your whistle. Keep your water intake high. This will help curb your appetite and keep you from overeating. Whatever I do drink at game parties I drink a cup of that, then a cup of H2O, then a cup of that, then H2O so on and so on. I don’t have any punch recipes. That’s not my area. The last time I made some punch was in undergrad and this guy tasted it and said “I didn’t know they make Diet Kool-Aid.”