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Healthy Super Bowl Snacks – Erin’s Top Five

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You're probably starting to shop for snacks and booze for your Super Bowl party on Sunday. I love the dips more than anything, but maybe you want to look into some healthier foods so you don't feel guilty about eating the entire bowl of seven layer dip. I've found a few snacks you could make if you are looking for a healthier option. Check out these recipes after the jump.

Lisa Nolan, Flickr
Lisa Nolan, Flickr


Mango Red Pepper Salsa



This salsa could be an alternate to the seven layer dip you were thinking about making. You can still have chips to go along with this Mango Red Pepper Salsa.


2 ripe mangoes, peeled, pitted, and diced

1 red pepper, diced

Half a red onion, chopped

3 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves, chopped

3 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Dash of cayenne pepper

Salt and pepper to taste

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl.

Cover and allow to sit in the fridge for at least one hour.

Serve with chips, crackers, or toasted bread.


Endless Summer, Flickr
Endless Summer, Flickr


Cucumbers With Ranch Greek Yogurt Dip



This is a way you could substitute Greek yogurt for sour cream and mayonnaise, making it healthier but still good at the same time.


1-2 cucumbers, cut into 1/2-inch wedges

1 clove garlic, mashed into paste

1/2 bunch chives, thinly sliced

1/4 bunch flat-leaf Italian parsley, chopped

1 6-ounce container of strained Greek yogurt

Lemon juice to taste

Salt to taste

To make garlic paste: chop garlic then add a generous pinch of coarse salt. Mash the garlic and salt mixture with the flat side of your knife.

Stir garlic paste, chives, parsley, and lemon juice to Greek yogurt until well combined. Salt to taste.



Avloxyz, Flickr
Avloxyz, Flickr


Fruit Kebobs



Who doesn't love a good fruit kebob? All you have to do is buy any kind of fruit you want and cut them up into cube size pieces and put them on a skewer stick. Any fruit combination will work for your Super Bowl party. But if you think your guests need a dip to go with it, here's the ingredients for maple cinnamon fruit dip.


6-ounce container of nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

1 tablespoon of maple syrup

Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl.

Serve with cut up apples, pears, bananas, strawberries, grapes, or cantaloupe.


Stu_Spivack, Flickr
Stu_Spivack, Flickr


Roasted Tomato Hummus



I love hummus but I usually buy it pre-made at the store because I'm too lazy to make it myself. This is a great Super Bowl snack for anyone and you could dip anything into hummus.


4 garlic cloves

1 teaspoon salt

Two 1-pound 3-ounce cans chick-peas, drained and rinsed

2/3 cup well stirred tahini

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, or to taste

1/2 cup olive oil, or to taste

1/2-1 cup roasted tomato

Add all of the ingredients to a food a processor and blend until smooth.



LisaTozzi, Flickr
LisaTozzi, Flickr


Pizza Quinoa Polenta



This is a great recipe for your Super Bowl party to serve in lieu of traditional pizza. Again, if you're trying to watch what you eat, this is a great way to get your pizza fix in while having less calories.


1 tube of Quinoa Polenta

3 tablespoons olive oil

3 Roma tomatoes

1/2 cup shredded mozzarella

Pour the oil in a pan and heat on low.

Cut the polenta into 1/4 inch thick slices.

Place the polenta in the pan and cook each side so they're slightly golden brown.

Turn the oven on to 350° F.

Slice the tomatoes. Place the polenta on foil on a cookie sheet.

Top each piece with a slice of tomato.

Sprinkle with cheese and bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted.


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