The Big Event! The culmination of the season. The end of the playoffs. The battle for supremacy. The question we’re all waiting to answer – what’s gonna be on the snack table for the Super Bowl?
Oh, and yeah, who might win the game too. We care about that.
Jokes aside, the Super Bowl, which falls on February 3 this year, is a time that even non-football fans can get into the big event. Whether you’re tuning in for the game itself, the hilarious commercials, or for the food on the snack table (ahem, looking at ourselves), it’s a great time to get together with friends and celebrate. But if you’ve been diligent all January in watching your calorie intake, the Super Bowl could be a tipping point where we fall off the wagon and struggle to get back on. It doesn’t have to be, though. So we’ve put together a few of our favorite big game dishes that are packed with flavor, but might not be as rough on your waistline as, say, pizza and wings.
Bringing healthy treats yourself means you’re guaranteed to have something to nibble on that won’t break the calorie bank. That fully loaded seven layer dip with potato chips won’t be as tempting when you’ve brought something along that you know you’ll enjoy, and is healthy too. Even better? Start the day with a quick workout at Youfit so you don’t feel quite so guilty having a second (or third) sweet tater with guac. No one ever said their day started the wrong way by going to workout.
Air Fryer Chicken Wings: We started off by saying wings were rough on your waistline, and here we go with a chicken wings recipe. But hear us out! If you or a friend have an air fryer, you’ll understand why they’re all the rage these days. It lets you save calories because you don’t have to add all that extra oil to get a crispy finish with lots of flavor. And that means less calories. Coat the wings in a reduced sodium buffalo sauce, and place them in the air fryer. Boom – the hard work is over! Cook them for 24 minutes at 380 degrees, turning them over at the halfway point. Then, at minute 24, raise the temperature to 400 degrees for an extra 6 minutes to get the skin extra browned and crispy. That’s it! Add some extra sauce if you feel like it, but a whole serving is just 432 calories. Not bad.
Sweet Potato Skins with Guacamole: Let the oven handle the heavy lifting on this one. Get your mitts on some healthy sweet potatoes and add some healthy fat with ripe avocado topped with tomato, minced onion, cilantro and garlic. Top them with cheddar if you must, or don’t! Even with the cheddar, there’s under 120 calories per serving. Get the full recipe here.
Roasted Buffalo Chickpeas: If you’re a light snacker but you like bold flavors, you’ll love this recipe. Prep it in just 5 minutes – combine vinegar with cayenne pepper and some salt and coat no-salt-added chickpeas with the mixture. 30 minutes in the oven and that’s a wrap! Just 109 calories in a ¼ cup serving.
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