When most people think of football food, they think of hot dogs and burgers and nachos and chips and cheese sauce. If you have ever been to one of our conferences, heard my radio show, or heard me speak anywhere around the country, then you know about my past and my Dorito addiction! Those things are off-limits!
I am here to tell you that you CAN serve a healthy menu for the big game. Ben makes some delicious buffalo chicken bites that my kids literally fight over! Healthy can be yummyWe use these recipes quite often now and our friends love them! Keep in mind, that calories, protein, carbs, etc will vary based on your portion sizes, so be sure to do the math! You will find links to nutrition info for each item inside the recipes.
Chef Ben’s boneless buffalo chicken bites
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Place chicken in large bowl. Salt and pepper to taste. Pour in the Frank’s and use enough to coast the chicken and toss until all pieces are well-coated. Fill a gallon-size Ziploc bag with Bran Flakes. Smash to a pulp until they are well-ground. (this is my part- Ben always let’s me do this and it is GREAT therapy!) Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray. Roll each piece of coated chicken in the cereal and place on the cookie sheet. Place in oven for approx. 25 minutes or until chicken is done and outside coating is crisp and crunchy and browned.
A great dip for these is our Greek Yogurt ranch dip and dressing!
This recipe can be tweaked just a bit to also become a salad dressing. Often times, the worst part of a salad, nutritionally, is the dressing. Not with this option! Same thing is true with many dips. This is a great choice with lots of protein and no fat!
MIX IT UP AND DIP YOUR FAVORITE RAW VEGGIES INTO IT!
Same as above but add 1 cup of skim milk (use more or less depending on how thick you like it)
You can do different things to make different variations. Sometimes we add cajun spices, or salsa, or anything else that you like to season with!
Dipping the chicken bites into this is a favorite in our home and it is a totally healthy guiltless ranch dip! PACKED with protein!
Here is also a sweet version of Greek Yogurt dip! Try this one with fresh fruit!
Sweet Greek Yogurt Dip
1 container PLAIN Greek yogurt
2-4 tbsp of sugar free vanilla syrup (or you can also use Splenda, sugar-free honey, sugar-free maple syrup, or any sweetener of your choice)
I also add a touch of cinnamon and it gives it a nice kick.
For crunch- sprinkle with Fiber One original to taste. ENJOY!
YOU CAN ALSO USE GREEK YOGURT AS A HEALTHY SUBSTITUTE FOR SOUR CREAM!
The last big party we had, we did a Greek yogurt bar. The kids loved it just as much as they would an ice cream bar.
We had the plain Greek yogurt in a bowl and had in little dishes- sugar free honey, sugar free Torani syrups in different flavors, Bear Naked Fit Vanilla Almond granola, blueberries, sliced strawberries, chopped nuts, Fiber One original and anything healthy that you can think of to mix in with the yogurt. This is always such a big hit! PACKED with protein and satisfies that sweet tooth!
We will also have a cheese tray made from wedges of all the different flavors of Laughing Cow wedges. They are so yummy and only have 35 calories per wedge. We serve the cheese with my FAVORITE LOW CARB LOW CALORIE Cracker. 34 Degrees Crispbreads Whole wheat flavor. These are amazing and 9 crackers have 35 calories!
Another great party cracker is the Dr Kracker in ANY flavor!!!! These are so good and packed with yummy stuff!
Looking for crunch? A great crunchy snack is to take canned garbanzo beans and lay them out of paper towels and dry most of the moisture off of them. Drizzle a cookie sheet with olive oil and then spread the beans on the sheet and roll the beans until lightly coated with the olive oil. Then add your favorite seasonings and bake at 400 degrees until crisp and brown. We usually have to try them a few times. The key to making them crunch is draining ALL of the liquid out and also be sure to really pat them dry with paper towels. If you do not do this, they will never get that crunch. As for seasonings, we love to use garlic and salt and cajun spices.
These are a yummy alternative to popcorn and the carbs in them are GOOD COMPLEX carbs.
Hummus using red and green peppers and carrots for dipping instead of traditional pita bread is a GREAT healthy snack.
Almonds are a great snack and good for the heart. They are a staple of all of our parties.
There are tons of choices you can make with good healthy ingredients!
They key is to avoid the sugars and processed carbs.
We also love making protein ice cream and you can use the Plexus 96 protein shakes for this! Here is how!
1 packet of Plexus 96 in Chocolate or Vanilla
1 tsp Splenda or you can use Stevia or truvia
1 cup skim milk- (yes you can use almond milk or soy milk)
Mix all together in a bowl and pour into a quart size ziploc bag. Then place that ziploc bag into a gallon size that is filled 3/4 full with ice and a 1/2 cup of salt. Place into freeze
r. BE SURE BAGS ARE WELL SEALED! Every 5-10 minutes just take it out and work it around in your hands to move everything around. After about 30-40 minutes it should be a smooth texture and ready to go! ENJOY!
This makes 2 servings at 110 calories each and 15 grams of protein! If you do not use both servings at once, when you are ready to eat the second serving, just take the bag out of the freezer for about 20 minutes and work it in your hands to loosen and then serve!
For another sweet treat you can also try a no sugar added trifle! Choose your favorites and layer! It is so simple! We made fat free sugar free pudding in vanilla and banana with skim milk. We also used sliced bananas, frozen raspberries with no sugar added that we allowed to thaw, sugar free chocolate chips, chopped pecans, crumbled sugar free almond cookies, and lite Cool Whip. We start with the cookies and layer up until the trifle bowl is full. On top layer we put peaks on the Cool Whip and sprinkled some of the chocolate chips and pecans! If you try this then post your photos here!
Enjoy the event without feeling guilty about your food choices!
Do you have other yummy and healthy ideas? Leave them here in the comments to share!
ENJOY THE GAME!