Once again, it’s Super Bowl time and while that may spell thousands of calories as an expectation — indeed, a virtual cultural norm — the good news is that it doesn’t have to. You can forge ahead with your New Year’s resolution and the goals you set for yourself and it can be fun!
With some swapping of ingredients, it’s quite amazing that such a wide variety of appetizers, snacks and party foods exists! And, just so you know just how many calories and grams of fat and sugar you can save, check out this informative quiz on high calorie snacks. Like the other potential pitfalls — Thanksgiving, Christmas, 4th of July, etc. etc. — this one not only can be avoided, but we will be left wondering why we don’t seek out some exciting — and yet healthy! — fare all the time.
As is always the case, you can modify recipes to suit your weight loss or weight management goals, and to avoid any problematic ingredients such as gluten, dairy or wheat or processed oils or artificial sweeteners (easily substituted with zero calorie Stevia).
Let’s take a look at what folks are preparing around the Web…..
Rip Esselstyn, author of Engine 2 Diet, has an extensive list of exciting plant-strong recipes for Superbowl on the diet’s resource Web site; perfect for vegans and any one looking for meatless alternatives, lower in calories, fat and sugar. Visit to check out Breaded zucchini sticks, Cheezy Macaroni Bake with Butternut Squash and Greens and and many more at the official E2 Diet blog: Daily Beet
This looks delicious! Creamy Chipotle Butternut Dip…it’s vegan and gluten free at [Tasty Eats at Home].
Here are 21 recipes for lower calorie snacks for the big game, a diverse assortment from Mango Red Pepper Salsa to Roasted Tomato Hummus to kale chips. [FitSugar].
Chili is a perennial Superbowl favorite, and it can be loaded with calories as well as saturated fat, if prepared with meat and dairy cheese. You can get the same wonderful flavors and heartiness and not miss the heavier ingredients. Check out these options:
Easy Vegetarian Chili at [Two Peas and Their Pod]
Smoky Tempeh, Quinoa, and Black Bean Chili and Raw Sprouted Adzuki Bean and Quinoa Chili at [Blisstree]
Meg’s Best Vegan Chili at [Huffington Post]
And finally, not least is Smokey Chipotle Corn Salsa! In the video below you can watch Chef AJ and Julieanna Hever, the Plant-Based Dietitian and author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition, prepare this appetizing recipe. As they make their preparations, Hever gives an informative primer on soluble and insoluble fiber. She discusses beans which are rich in soluble fiber as well as resistant starch, which is great for dieting, as it can help cleanse and detoxify the body, and, as the name implies, resists being absorbed as calories. Check it out below.
Skinny Bliss readers please share some of your favorite Super Bowl recipes with us!