The one thing you don't want to do is disappoint those hungry fans with dainty, tasteless appetizers. There are plenty of appetizers that are tasty, healthy and shouldn't add much to the waistline. Here are some tips, to make your healthy Super Bowl party a success.
Chili1 of 8
All those beans and tomatoes that form the base of this versatile dish are wonderfully nutritious by themselves. Make this dish healthier by adding extra-lean beef or turkey, or forgo meat altogether and add an extra can or two of reduced-sodium beans instead. Provide reduced-fat cheese to sprinkle on the chili, and reduced-fat or fat-free sour cream for garnish.
Cornbread2 of 8
Make cornbread with part whole-wheat flour, and use low-fat or fat-free buttermilk and canola oil in your recipe for a healthy, low-fat version.
Potato Skins3 of 8
Load potato skins with salsa or a sprinkling of reduced-fat cheese and fat-free sour cream. Add some paprika or even some cayenne pepper to spice them up a bit.
Chicken Strips4 of 8
Oven fry some skinless chicken pieces dipped in egg white, or buttermilk, and dredged in breadcrumbs, cornmeal or crushed cornflakes. Serve with a honey-mustard or barbecue sauce.
Chips and Dip5 of 8
Serve homemade baked tortilla chips or pita crisps with low-fat dips that use fat-free or reduced-fat sour cream, yogurt or cream cheese as their base. Have a large plate of cut veggies to go with the dips, too. Include different colored sweet peppers and jicama, as well the usual carrots and celery. Add?some chopped peach or mango in for something different.
Subs6 of 8
Instead of buying one of those huge over-filled subs, have your guests make their own lower-fat sandwiches. Provide a variety of lean (and low-sodium) meats and reduced-fat cheeses, a variety of whole-grain breads, wraps, rolls and bagels, plus some fat-free or low-fat mayos and dressings. Have pickles, sliced tomatoes, shredded carrots, salad leaves, roasted red peppers, pesto, and sun-dried tomatoes, all of which can help make a satisfying sandwich. Make tuna or chicken salad with fat-free mayo or low-fat plain yogurt. Use herbs and black pepper for seasoning, and omit the salt.
Sweets7 of 8
Don't forget the sweets. Bake a batch of low-fat brownies or some carrot cake using a natural sweetener like apple sauce. Include plenty of chopped fresh fruit too. As for beverages, keep the coffee pot full, and do have plenty of water and fruit juices available as alternatives to beer and soda.