NFL playoffs are already underway, and the coveted Super Bowl is right around the corner. No matter which team you are rooting for on February 5th, we have some healthy alternatives to your favorite game day snacks. You don’t have to lose out on flavor to cut down on calories. We promise, you won’t even know the difference. Check out the recipes we choose to tackle for Sunday football games in anticipation for this year’s Super Bowl!

Recipe: Healthy Hot Wings

Calories: 210

Ingredients

  • 1/3 c whole-wheat bread crumbs
  • 8 ounces boneless, skinless chicken, cut into bite-size chunks
  • 2 T hot sauce
  • 1 t onion powder
  • 1 t garlic powder
  • 1 t cayenne pepper
  • 1 t black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Place bread crumbs in a pie pan, add seasonings and mix well. Place chicken pieces in a separate dish, and cover and toss with hot sauce. Spray a sheet pan with nonstick spray. Give each piece of chicken a shake, and then coat it evenly with the crumbs. Use one hand for the wet ingredients and one for the wet ingredients so that the bread crumbs will not clump. Place the chicken on the sheet pan. Bake for 10 minutes, then turn over . Flip and bake for an additional 7-8 minutes or until fully cooked. Serve with more hot sauce, if desired, or bleu cheese dressing. (Nutrition info not included!) Don’t forget the celery!

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 18 minutes

Number of servings: 2

Recipe: Low-Fat Jalapeno Poppers

Calories: 36.6 (per popper)

Ingredients

  • 20 whole,jalapenos
  • 1 c. fat free cream cheese
  • 1/4 tsp taco seasoning or chipotle powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 c. bread crumbs, plain
  • 1/4 c, finely diced green chiles or jalapenos, depending on heat preference
  • dash salt
  • 2 egg whites
  • cookingspray

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Mix together the eggwhites and a tsp water in a small bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together the bread crumbs, salt, pepper, taco/chipotle seasoning and garlic powder. Set aside.
  3. Combine cream cheese and diced jalapenos in a small bowl. (Or fat free cheddar shreds if you prefer-calorie count will slightly higher)
  4. Cut jalapenos in half lengthwise. Remove the seeds. Stuff each jalapeno half with equal portions of the cheese mixture. Place the halves back together and secure with toothpicks. Dip each stuffed jalapeno in the egg mixture and then coat with the crumb mixture. Arrange the breaded peppers on a baking sheet.
  5. Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 15 minutes.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Number of servings: 20

Recipe: Fat Free 7 Layer Bean Dip

Calories: 58.5 per 1/3 cup

Ingredients

  • 32 oz Fat Free Refried Beans (2 cans)
  • 2 cups (8oz) Fat Free Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 cups Fat Free Sour Cream (or fat free yogurt cheese)
  • 4 Medium Tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • 4 tbs chopped black olives
  • 1 cup Salsa
  • 1 cup lettuce (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, stir together the refried beans and salsa. Spread the bean mixture on a 9×13-inch dish. Spread the yogurt cheese or sour cream on top of the bean layer, then layer the shredded cheese. If dip will be used in one day, layer lettuce over cheese (may get soggy over time). Finally, layer tomatoes, green onions and olives on top. If desired, cover and refrigerate for up to 4 hours. Serve with tortilla chips. Makes 32 1/3 cup servings. Half recipe in 9-in square or pie pan for smaller groups.

Preparation time: 10 minute

Number of servings : 32

Recipe: Mini Spinach Calzones

Calories: 56 per calzone

Ingredients

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1/2 10 ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well-drained
  • 1/2 8 ounce package reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel), softened
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 13.8 ounce package refrigerated pizza dough
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with foil; lightly coat the foil with cooking spray. Set baking sheets aside. For filling, in a medium bowl, stir together spinach, cream cheese, 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, green onion, and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Unroll pizza dough on a lightly floured surface; roll dough into a 15-inch square. Using a pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut into twenty five 3-inch squares. Spoon a slightly rounded teaspoon of filling onto the center of each square. In a small mixing bowl use a fork to combine egg white and water. Brush edges of dough squares with egg white mixture. Lift a corner of each square and stretch dough over filling to opposite corner, making a triangle. Press edges with the tines of a fork to seal.
  3. Arrange the calzones on prepared baking sheets. Prick tops of calzones with fork. Brush tops of calzones with egg white mixture. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese. Bake one sheet at a time for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly on baking sheets. Serve warm.
  4. Make Ahead Tip: The spinach filling may be made the day ahead. Cover and chill in refrigerator. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes to soften, if necessary.

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 8-10 minutes

Number of servings: 25

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