Saturday, September 21, 2013

7 Healthy and Delicious Game Day Snacks

'Tis the season to embrace football!  Every so often, when my attention span allows it, I enjoy an engaging game of football. More than watching, however, I enjoy making the food the boys snack on during all what seems to be three thousand games that come on for the day.  It makes it feel more like quality time rather than the intrusive, ever expanding, man-cave of the day.  And if you're like me, sometimes you just prefer the comfort of your own home in comparison to a crowded bar or restaurant with over-priced and greasy food. Plus! Cooking at home is so much cheaper... I like cheaper.

So here I've collected a few tasty and healthier snack options to share with you that are easy on the stomach, pleasing to the tastes buds, and will be sure to make you the MVP.

1. Lemon-Drop Chicken Wings

Baked, not fried! Packed with a tangy lemon flavor and spiked to add a little fun!

Calories: 173
Ingredients: Vodka, lemon juice, sugar, olive oil, chicken wings
Click here, for the full recipe.

2. Zucchini Fries

Half the calories of regular french fries, plus a boost of Vitamin C!

 Calories: 181 per 11 Fries
Ingredients: Zucchinis, eggs, milk, Parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs
Click here, for the full recipe.

3. Mini Turkey Burgers with Gorgonzola

 If you're looking for a protein-packed finger food, try these delicious mini burgers!

Calories: 169
Ingredients: Garlic powder, ground turkey breast, Gorgonzola cheese, reduced-fat mayonnaise, gherkin pickles, dinner rolls, curly leaf lettuce 
Click here, for full recipe. 

4. Warm Spinach & Artichoke Dip

 Get everyone to eat this yummy low cal and iron-rich snack. They won't even realize how healthy it is!

Calories: 59
Ingredients: Olive oil, lima beans, cream cheese, Tabasco sauce, capers, mustard, artichoke hearts, frozen spinach, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, green onions, lemon juice 
Click here, for full recipe. 

5. Twice Baked Sweet Potato

 Oh beta-carotene, we love you! Sweet potatoes are not only loaded with this orange goodness but it cuts out a lot of the fat from the traditional way of making this dish with regular baking/russet potatoes.

Calories: 341
Ingredients: Sweet potatoes, sour cream, chives, shredded cheddar cheese
Click here, for the full recipe.

6.  Smokey Chicken Fingers with Honey Mustard Dip

Baking these chicken strips keeps the fat low, but the breading and seasoning creates a delicious faux-fried texture.

Calories: 190
Ingredients: Flour, milk, barbecue smoked seasoning, bread crumbs, quick-cooking oats, garlic and herb seasoning, skinless boneless chicken breasts, Dijon mustard, honey
Click here, for full recipe.

7. Fudgey Chocolate Brownies

C'mon! Game day isn't complete without some form of dessert.. The trick to keeping the fat content low on these is to use unsweetened cocoa.  Yup, that's it and it doesn't make them any less decadent.

Calories: 132
Ingredients: Margarine, unsweetened chocolate, unsweetened cocoa, sugar, eggs, flour, baking powder
Click here, for full recipe.


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