So the Superbowl is this weekend and you are scrambling to have some healthy options to munch on or serve to your guests.
The truth is, we may or may not be watching the Superbowl this year. We are really an ice hockey family and we get our fair share (or actually, much more than that) of sports each year (especially in the winter season) without football being added to it.
But if we can incorporate spending time with others and the football, then maybe we too will be watching the Big Bowl.
Just yesterday my son said, "You know, Mom, you really should write a post about Superbowl Foods. I see a lot of people writing posts on it!"
I hesitated, thinking that I 'd just written Healthy Snacks to Nourish You on the Go, but decided to go ahead with this post for two reasons:
- There are things that wouldn't classify as a snack that would be great for the Superbowl
- To celebrate my son's great idea. Most of you know that he has autism (Asperger's Syndrome). One of the reasons that I keep plugging along with this blog is that he helps me with a few "behind the scenes" things. Like:
- Helping with linking my site to blog hops
- Handling emails occasionally
- Proofreading my posts (sometimes)
- Updating my Recipes page with new recipes
I am just thrilled with how his autism has been healing and that, despite the fact that sometimes he messes something up and I wonder why oh why I am working on this with him, sometimes he really surprises me with a great idea. So - in honor of my son, here is a list of things that we think would be great additions to your Sunday celebration, with or without the Superbowl.
(Actually, I am wondering if he suggested this to make it more likely that we'll say "yes" to letting him watch the Superbowl :-)! I probably will.)
So - on to the Healthy Superbowl Food Ideas!
I've got a list of recipes from my site that I think would be great additions, as well as some yumminess from some other great bloggers that you may wish to check out as well :-).
Healthy Superbowl Recipes
I had this salsa at a baptism and got the recipe.
Lost it and spent a lot of time looking for it. It is simple worth all the time I spent looking!
These are super quick and taste like you spent a lot of time on them. Yum!
Serve with a side of Homemade Barbecue Sauce (from this post).
One of my closest friends says this is the best hummus she has ever had.
I get a lot of requests for this recipe.
Great for dipping into the above dips or in my Almond Butter Fruit Dip (see below).
I know, I talk about popcorn all. the. time. These popcorn recipes are really that good.
Chocolate / Carob Coated Almonds (or other nuts / seeds)
These are a great healthy alternative to traditional chocolate-covered almonds (one of my weaknesses).
You'll need a little lead time on these so start soaking now.
Luscious Lemon Bars (gluten, egg and sugar-free options)
Who doesn't love lemon bars? And now you can have them no matter your dietary restriction!
This Vegan Fruit Dip is a super fast and tasty dip using only a few ingredients so it comes together in a flash.
Great also as a drizzle for cakes, pancakes, ice cream--whatever!
Coconut Chocolate Chunk Macadamia Cookies (grain free with allergy-friendly options)
Whether you are grain free or not, these little nuggets meld the goodness of coconut, macadamia and chocolate together for a wonderful treat. (Made with my Homemade Chocolate / Carob Chips.)
Again, a duplicate from my Healthy Snacks post. Again - couldn't resist. This recipe is a winner!
Of course, you need something to drink along with all of the goodies.
Say "no" to sugar-laden soda pop and "yes" to this super-healthy and satisfying alternative.
And how about these yummy-looking options from other whole food bloggers?:
I'll for sure be making these soon!
These take a little more work than our family favorite sweet potato wedges (post to follow) but they look wonderful. Ricki is simply a genius in the kitchen!
I hope these ideas get your creative juices flowing as to what you can serve your family and friends to satisfy both their desire for tasty treats and your desire to nourish their bodies.
And just in case you are wondering what we'll be having, my sons' requests this year are the Baked Chicken Nuggets :-)!
Will you be watching the Superbowl this year?