The Super Bowl is a time for football, commercials, celebration, and of course a big spread of snacks. While everyone loves cheese covered meats and fried goodies, they’re the farthest thing from heart-healthy. For a healthy heart it’s best to avoid trans fats and to load up on vegetables.
Here’s a list that combines all the goodness of heart healthy snacks with the deliciousness associated with the Super Bowl.
It seems crazy to expect someone to watch a football game without chowing down on pizza, but a pie from the delivery guys is loaded with fat, carbs, and grease. Try this recipe with cauliflower crust, it cuts down on the calories and sneaks in a few good vitamins.
Spinach Artichoke Dip
This is a classic for any game day party but traditional recipes require lots of cream cheese and mozzarella. Try this recipe with Greek yogurt for a dose of healthy protein with your vitamin rich veggies.
The only hard part to making this snack is slicing the main ingredient! You can use anything from zucchini to sweet potato to make these crunchy treats. If you opt for sweet potatoes they will be full of carotenoids, necessary for the body to absorb Vitamin A. For a colorful spread bake a variety of vegetables into these yummy chips.
Here’s a similar concept for Veggie Fries
Just pick your favorite veggie, follow this recipe and cut out loads of carbs from your game day snacking!
Popcorn is a great low-calorie snack, but it can only be heart healthy if you completely forgo the butter. To ramp up the flavor without artery clogging fat upgrade your popcorn with chili powder, cumin, pepper, paprika, and sharp jalapeno cheese (we suggest cutting the recipe to use one cup of cheese).
Baked Chicken Wings
Sporting events and Buffalo wings go together like peanut butter and jelly, but they don’t have the same relationship with your health. Living a healthy lifestyle shouldn’t be about what you can’t have, but how you can make things better. Try these baked wings for a healthier take on your favorite finger-licking snack.
Chipotle Chicken Sweet Potato Skins
This recipe tackles an unhealthy food and turns it into a snack you can feel good about eating during the big game! With fiber-filled sweet potatoes as the base and chipotle chicken, spinach, and cheese as toppers, these skins are a good source of protein, veggies and complex carbs.
Again, living a healthy life shouldn’t make you feel like you’re missing out. With these heart healthy snack recipes you can enjoy what you eat while keeping your health a top priority. For more heart health tips check out this post.