Serve Up Healthy Appetizers for Your Big Game Party
By Brandi Swieter
The Super Bowl and other major gaming events have people in states all over planning parties. Hosts invite over friends to watch the big game and offer an assortment of appetizer options for everyone to enjoy. These Super Bowl party foods are often high in fat and calories, making them less than ideal to consume. By serving up some healthy appetizers, hosts can still have a great party -- but one that’s health-conscious.
Plenty of people serve chicken wings at their gameday event. While the primary cooking method seems to be frying, people wanting a healthier choice should bake their wings instead. Hot sauce and seasonings can still be used to add the spice and flavor without adding too many extra calories.
Chips and Dip
Many hosts provide chips and dips for their guests, as it’s a well-liked appetizer that’s easy to obtain from the store. Store-bought options, however, contain far too many calories. The healthier choice is to make chips and dip from scratch. It will ensure fewer calories and sodium than store versions. Guacamole is one mostly healthy option. Tortillas can even get made into tortilla chips for something to scoop the guac.
Rather than serving full-sized burgers, some people turn to sliders as their main fare. Most contain fattening ground beef patties, but hosts can change it up with ground turkey for a healthier alternative. Skipping the burger option works as well, instead using a lean meat like chicken or turkey with some homemade tomato sauce for a more nutritious choice. Whole wheat buns should also be used over white.
Meatballs are common offerings at many parties, not just those honoring sports. Instead of using ground beef, ground turkey is a far healthier substitution. Cooks can skip the meat version altogether and make veggie meatballs instead. Using cauliflower, quinoa or brown rice, oat flour, eggs, and spices, vegetable meatballs can get made easily.
With so many people having resolutions to stay healthy and eat right in the new year, Super Bowl party hosts - or those welcoming guests for NCAA basketball tournament parties -- should do a better job at thinking of their friends serving healthier food options. The typical party cuisine is high in fat and calories, making it far less than ideal for anyone to eat, particularly those watching their weight. Having some more health-conscious options ensures everyone can enjoy the appetizers as they watch the teams go head to head.
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