Eating Right on Super Bowl Sunday

It’s that time of the year again—SUPER BOWL SUNDAY!!! The men in our lives plan their year around it and we often plan our diets around it as well. Not this year, ladies! Forget about serving veggies and dip that nobody touches! Throw away those brown rice cakes that you *hope* somebody will mistake for chips! We’ve finally got some healthy options that won’t wrinkle noses.


Here’s your menu:


Red pepper hummus served with whole-wheat pita bread: this one’s easy; it’s available at any grocery store! To make it look more appetizing, empty the hummus into a dip dish and surround it with triangles of the pita bread.


Grilled Stuffed Avocado: just because we’re in the dead of winter, doesn’t mean we can’t have a little fun with the grill. If you have a George Foreman or any other portable grill, this will work smoothly. Slice the avocados into two pieces and remove the pits. Place them on the grill for 3-5 minutes. Chop some bell peppers (red and yellow) and onions, making a mixture. Fill the mixture into the grooves left by the avocado pit. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar.


Prosciutto-wrapped Cantaloupe: cut bite-sized pieces of cantaloupe. Wrap them in prosciutto and serve them with toothpicks. If you want to be more creative, try skewers and add grapes, mangoes, or kiwis!


Lettuce Wraps: instead of using heavy breads and wraps, try lettuce as the base of this delicious meal! Buy a head of iceberg lettuce and peel apart the lettuce leaves, keeping them intact.  Cube some roasted (or deli) chicken and layer it onto the lettuce leaves. Add some chopped onions, snow peas, a dash of sesame oil, and some chili sauce. Wrap the ingredients up with the lettuce and serve. For a bit of contrast, try sautéing the chicken, onions, and snow peas in the sauces and then layer the mixture on cold lettuce.


Spinach Dip: this is so rich, you’re going to wonder how it could possibly be healthy. Trust me, it is. Use non-fat yogurt, chopped artichokes, chives, chopped green chilies, fat-free cream cheese, lemon juice, baby spinach, and a dash of virgin olive oil. Serve with vegetable chips.


Mission accomplished. A healthy, delicious Super Bowl spread.

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