No matter which team you cheer for, there is one thing most of us will share in common — the traditional tailgating party grub. While a football game is a great time to spend time with loved ones and share in fun competitive camaraderie, the chances of overindulging from a nutritional standpoint are fairly good. Chips and dip, loaded baked potatoes, burgers and fries, you name it and it will probably be somewhere in the room on Sunday.
To help you steer your team of party goers in a healthy direction, below you’ll find two fantastic Super Bowl party recipes to incorporate into your festivities this weekend:
Healthier Buffalo Chicken Strips
This recipe packs in all that Buffalo wing flavor without the traditional Buffalo wing fat. Try these spicy chicken tenders marinated in buttermilk and hot sauce for a tasty, low fat crowd pleaser.
- 1/4 cup hot sauce
- 1/2 cup low fat buttermilk
- 1 1/2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2 inch strips.
- 2 egg whites
- 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, or to taste
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
- Preheat oven to 400°. Place a wire rack on a rimmed baking sheet.
- In a small bowl, whisk together hot sauce and buttermilk until combined. In a large shallow dish, arrange chicken tenders in one layer. Top with hot sauce mixture and toss to coat chicken evenly. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
- In a shallow dish, whisk egg whites until frothy. In another shallow bowl, combine flour, bread crumbs, paprika, cayenne and black pepper.
- Dip chicken tenders in egg whites, then roll in bread crumb mixture to coat evenly, shaking off the excess. Arrange coated chicken tenders on wire rack on baking sheet. Lightly spray with canola oil cooking spray.
- Bake for approximately 15 minutes, turning halfway through cooking, or until juices run clear. Serve immediately.
- Calories: 189
- Fat: 2g
- Saturated Fat: 0.5g
- Cholesterol: 66mg
- Sodium: 365mg
- Carbohydrates: 8g
- Fiber: 2g
- Protein: 34g
Healthier Veggie & Fruit Dip
Here’s a healthy dip alternative for your chips or veggies that can be turned into a fruit dip too!
- 2 containers (16 oz. each) low fat cottage cheese
- ¼ cup fresh chopped chives
- ¼ cup fresh chopped basil
- ¼ cup fresh chopped flat-leaf parsley
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
- Black pepper, to taste
Combine the first six ingredients and mix well. Add black pepper to taste.
Variation: Substitute the herbs and garlic for honey and cinnamon for a tasty fruit dip
- Serving Size: ¼ cup
- Calories: 70
- Fat: 1.5 g
- Saturated Fat: 1 g
- Cholesterol: 6 mg
- Sodium: 308 mg
- Carbohydrates: 3 g
- Protein: 10 g
Enjoy football season this year! And whether or not your team wins, if you try out these recipes and think they’re winners, please let us know using the comments below!