Healthier Snacking for the Big Game

Healthy Eating Big Game

The Big Game is as much about getting together with friends and eating great food as it is about watching the two best teams vie for victory. Worried about busting your New Year's resolutions if you've pledged to eat more healthy food, or lose weight? Never fear: healthier versions of those classic Big Game snacks are just as flavorful and filling without being laden with fat and calories.

Chipotle Chicken (Sweet) Potato Skins

Baked potato skins -- a snack time favorite for Super Bowl as well as other sporting events -- are transformed into a handheld and filling combination of sweet and savory flavors with Chipotle Chicken Sweet Potato Skins. Start with fiber-rich sweet potatoes, add in the unbeatable flavors of chicken, sharp white cheddar cheese, spinach, lime and lots of spices for a snack that's healthier than its cousin and far from bland.

Ginger-Garlic Shrimp with Tomato Chutney

Put a new spin on that everyday shrimp cocktail that always gets served at parties. Ginger-Garlic Shrimp with Tomato Chutney is as simple as marinating shrimp in a delectable dressing before whipping up the quick and chunky dipping sauce. If you have guests who are allergic to shellfish, this recipe would work equally well with either pork or chicken.

Cauliflower Pizza Bites

White pizza dough is notorious for being unhealthy since it uses refined flour which is stripped of nutrients. Believe it or not, cauliflower can come to the rescue to replace eveything from flour to rice to potatoes as a nutrient-rich and gluten-free alternative. In this case, we incorporate it in the form of Cauliflower Pizza Bites! With its mild flavor and creamy texture, cooked cauliflower can be pressed into service as a substitute for starch in many dishes. Simply mix eggs, grated cauliflower and your favorite toppings. Pop the mixture into mini muffin tins for an easy-to-hold snack, and bake until the tops are a pleasing golden brown. Pass your favorite marinara sauce when you serve these pizza bites -- keep your secret to yourself, and most probably won't even notice! (They'll be too busy asking for more.)

Bacon Mac and Cheese Bites

What makes these mac and cheese bites a "healthier" alternative to traditional mac and cheese? Their bite-sized nature allows for better portion control. Opt for uncured bacon or even turkey bacon for your recipe to cut back on added sugars, while getting your dose of Omega 3 fatty acids. The key to this delicious snack is to only have a few!

Bonus: these handheld Bacon Mac and Cheese Bites are simple and quick to put together! Divvy up the cheese, macaroni, bacon, and spice mixture into your mini muffin pan so they come out the perfect size for holding. Then sit back and watch your guests gobble them up and ask for more.

Not only do we want you to save on calories, but we want those recipes to be ones that are easy to make so you can enjoy the game and camaraderie of guests. Bite-sized snacks make it easy to satisfy your hunger and keep portions in check so that you can focus on watching the game.