For most folks, Superbowl Sunday is the first real test of whether the healthy habits started in early January are going to be embraced as lasting lifestyle changes, or cast aside as abandoned resolutions. There’s no need to panic, however. With a little advanced planning, the right recipes, and some creative presentation skills, healthy foods can be far more alluring than their deep-fried counterparts, even on one of the most gluttonous, sedentary holidays.
Here is a round-up of my favorite Superbowl Sunday themed fruit and veggie platters and healthy Superbowl Sunday recipes from around the web. Bring any of these dishes to your Superbowl viewing party — dieters and non-dieters alike will be glad you did!
Veggie Tray with Football Toast from The Forman Fam
Kelly’s tip: Make sure the toast is 100% whole grain. For the laces, feel free to use string cheese toasted on, or carefully piped ranch dips (such as this healthy ranch dip made from Greek yogurt, or this one made from tofu).
Individual Veggie Cups from Constant in Chaos
Kelly’s tip: In addition to some of the healthy Ranch dips I named above, feel free to pair veggies with bean dips, such as roasted garlic kale hummus, beet hummus, kale pesto white bean dip, or black bean dip.
Football Helmet Fruit Salad from the National Watermelon Promotion Council
Kelly’s tip: This link has the step-by-step directions on how to carve the helmet!
7-Layer Football Dip from Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons
Mini Football Meatloaves from Hungry for Football
Kelly’s tip: Keep the football shape and string cheese laces, but use a healthier meatloaf recipe, such as this Sicilian Turkey Meatloaf, this Apple, Sage, and Turkey Meatloaf, or this Cranberry Lentil Loaf with BBQ glaze.
Chocolate Covered Strawberries from Shari’s Berries
Kelly’s Tip: To make your own, just dip washed and dried strawberries in melted dark chocolate, lay onto wax paper, then pipe on white chocolate laces when dry.
Football Mason Jar Drinks from Flamingo Toes
Kelly’s Tip: Instead of soda, fill these jars with unsweetened iced tea or iced coffee. Or, fill with a healthy, naturally sweetened chocolate shake, such as this Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Shake or this Dark Chocolate Mocha Shake.
Buffalo Cauliflower Wings from The Food Network
Kelly’s Tip: Substitute plain, nonfat Greek yogurt for the sour cream in the blue cheese dip for a healthy, vegetarian version of this Superbowl Sunday classic. And don’t forget the celery sticks!