If there’s any day of the year to indulge your most-hedonistic dip fantasies, it’s Game Day — a national event so synonymous with chips and dip that there are actually NFL-brand serving trays made to enhance the ubiquitous snack food’s visual appeal and ease of consumption, all in the name of football. But why choose an oil-laden dip when you can dig into creamy, comforting creations for less than 10 grams of fat per serving? If you’re hosting a viewing party this year, you’ll definitely want to skip the sad jarred nacho cheese in favor of these homemade recipes.
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Instead of reaching into a bag of super salty, oily potato chips from the convenience store, make your own crispy- and healthier- spuds. Use sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes for a dose of vitamin A. Football fans, get crunchin’ with these oven-roasted, lightly salted sweet potato chips. Garlic makes this recipe mouthwatering and savory. No matter which team wins, you’ll feel good about snacking on such healthy and delicious game -ime snacks.
Bobby Flay manages to stay fit and healthy even with a busy lifestyle as a chef, and he’s eager to share his healthy eating and fitness plan with fans in a seven-part Web series, Bobby Flay Fit.
Our exclusive seven-part web series, Bobby Flay Fit, offered a look into Bobby Flay’s lifestyle — despite his erratic, busy schedule as a chef, he makes time for exercise, plans healthy meals and practices portion control when he’s at restaurants (his own, or others’). We were curious about his strategy for tackling football parties, where the beer flows freely and the food is often over-the-top indulgent. Here are his game-day tips, plus a few healthy football-party recipes so you can enjoy this Sunday.
You’ve got a hoard of people coming over to watch the big game and boy, are they going to be hungry! These nachos are gluten free and loaded with veggies: spinach, avocado, cilantro and salsa. Sesame seeds give them some crunch. If you’ve got some extra time, swap the jarred salsa for freshly made Game Day Salsa. The nachos are also dairy-free, so guests with multiple allergies can enjoy this savory, melted delight too.
Football fan or not, you can appreciate all the fabulous food that comes along with Super Bowl Sunday. We’re taking you on a culinary tour of the teams’ hometowns, plus throwing in some goodies from the host city. We’ve got something for every fan, plus a better-for-you escape from regular football party fare.
Sexy, sassy, spicy is what New Orleans is all about. These Creole-inspired recipes will fire up any party.
It doesn’t matter who you’re rooting for in the big game this weekend, there’s one thing everyone can agree on: Game-day chips and dip don’t have to be loaded with junk. Tortilla popchips are made with stoneground corn masa (the same whole-grain corn used to make traditional tortillas) and have the same great crunch as restaurant-style chips, but they’re popped with a little heat and pressure instead of fried. Available in four flavors—nacho cheese, chile limón, ranch and salsa—they’re perfect paired with any kind of dip.
You can buy your own tortilla popchips or enter in the comments for a chance to win some. Just let us know, in the comments, your favorite healthy game-day dip. The contest starts at 10:00 a.m. EST today, and ends on Friday, February 1 at 5 p.m. EST.
We’re giving away one case each (that’s 24 single-serve bags!) to five lucky, randomly-selected commenters. You must include your email address in the “Email” field when submitting your comment so we can communicate with you if you’re a winner.
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So tell us, what’s your favorite healthy game-day dip?
Chips and salsa are the perfect, traditional game-day combination. Invite all your buddies to gather around the coffee table to watch the game and munch on freshly made salsa. Forget about the canned varieties sitting on the shelves at the grocery store — they are often filled with preservatives and extra sodium. This salsa uses fresh tomatoes, buttery avocados and zesty cilantro with a touch of salt. Serve it with crudités or corn tortilla chips for the ultimate gluten-free game day appetizer.
As if the big game wasn’t enough excitement, we’re placing the teams’ hometowns head-to-head in a culinary battle. Put the football aside for one moment and decide – who’s got the better food?
It’s not exactly breaking news that deep-frying is one of the least healthy cooking techniques out there. You won’t find fried chicken wings, mozzarella sticks or French fries at the top of any healthy food lists. But they are tops on every football party menu. Wings, especially, are a must-have for game day, especially The Big Game. We’d never suggest you watch the biggest football game of the year without this favorite football snack, but we will recommend that you bake them instead of deep-frying them. You’ll get that same crispy, hot sauce-covered wing you crave, without the guilt (and without your house smelling like burnt oil).
The wing recipe featured in the latest issue of Food Network Magazine is a healthier twist on the classic bar snack; the wings are first cooked in seasoned chicken broth spiked with hot sauce so they’re extra juicy, then they’re baked in the oven until the skin is crisp and golden. Instead of high-fat blue cheese dressing, make your own blue cheese-yogurt dipping sauce to dip your wings and celery in.
Super Bowl Sunday ranks second — behind only Thanksgiving — for most food eaten in a single day. All those wings, pizza, creamy dips and beverages can rack up calories and fat pretty quickly. The hours of sitting and watching the game doesn’t help either.
Check out this week’s list of reader comments for ways to avoid penalties for overdoing it during the big game. And because Super Bowl snacks can turn into quite a spread, read up on strategies for staying healthy when hitting a buffet.