1. Cheesy Quinoa Pizza Bites (GF, Vegetarian)
Cheesy Quinoa Pizza Bites are a kid friendly totally customizable finger food that is sure to please everyone. Serve with spicy goat cheese marinara as dipping sauce for more sophisticated palates or use an easy jarred pizza sauce, whichever you chose these will be the first appetizer to disappear.
2. Easy Chunky Salsa Two Ways: Mild or Hot (GF, Vegetarian, Vegan)
Make it mild (to offset all the buffalo sauce), make it hot, or make both this easy salsa is easily made to please everyone. Salsa is a must at any party and nothing says awesome better than the really fresh and flavorful homemade kind.
3. Creamy Hummus Yogurt Dip (GF, Vegetarian)
This Creamy Hummus Yogurt Dip has the classic garlicy hummus taste with tons of creaminess. This is a great one if your short on time and easy to transport to a friends party.
4. Mexican Spicy Hummus Yogurt Dip (GF, Vegetarian)
Can’t decide if you should bring the salsa or hummus, bring both in one in a Mexican Spicy Hummus Yogurt Dip. Unlike regular hummus, this dish appeals to everyone because there isn’t a soul on earth that doesn’t like salsa. Packed with flavor it’s a healthy addition to your Super Bowl spread.
Lightened Up Spinach Artichoke Dip (GF, Vegetarian)
Lightened Up Spinach Artichoke Dip tastes exactly like the parmesan spinach dip from Costco, but with half the oil and fat calories. Dig into the salty cheesy deliciousness!
Healthy Homemade Corn Dogs (Vegetarian Option)
Healthy Homemade Corn Dogs are wrapped in a slightly spicy and sweet dough then baked to crispy perfection. Everyone will love dunking them in their favorite classic condiments. You can also make the dough a day ahead of time to speed up the process!
Oven Fried Chicken Taquitos (GF)
These Chicken Taquitos have all the spicy southwest flavors and crunch that go great with an ice cold beer. Baked instead of fried there is no mess with all the crunch, dip them in your favorite salsa, sour cream, and guacamole.
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7 Intuitive Eating Tips for Game Day
The Super Bowl kicks butt for so many reasons, and at the top of my list is the commercials and the food. I also feel like it’s a great time to get together with friends you may not have seen very much during the craziness of the holidays. Like all “special holidays” I plan to live it up and enjoy the company of friends and family. I definitely indulge in chicken wings and more wing sauce then should be legal, but I also follow these tips to help control calories without having to think about it too much!
1. Eat a light breakfast but don’t go hungry. I always eat in the morning, but if I know it’s going to be a particular indulgent day I might go for cereal or the egg/toast combo to give myself a little calorie cushion. I make sure I don’t let myself get starving before we go, I’ll have a light snack again about an hour or two before. This way I’m not ravenous and ready to dig into anything when I get there.
2. Get a good workout in that morning, then forget you did it. Increase your calorie bank by getting in an hour of exercise in the morning, but don’t use it as an excuse to over eat. You won’t be able to increase your calorie load enough to cover the typical 3,000+ calorie spread.
3. Dip with veggies more often than crackers/chips. Let’s face it, sometimes you have to have the salty chip for the dip. Usually I have mostly veggies saving literally hundreds of calories and cheat a little with a small handful of chips/crackers. (Note: Make sure anything you eat comes off a plate and not directly from the serving bowl, this will help cut down on mindless snacking.)
4. Go for what you REALLY want. The more variety the more people tend to eat, start by picking two to three items you really really want.
5. Set yourself up for success. Use smaller plates (not tiny ones but medium sized ones) and utensils. You’ll feel more full visually if you can fill up a smaller plate vs. having the same amount on a larger plate that doesn’t look as full. When it comes to drinks, go for tall and skinny glasses. People tend to underestimate the amount they are consuming in wide short glasses compared to tall and skinny ones.
6. Watch the booze. It’s no secret that alcohol lowers your inhibitions making you less likely to pay attention to what you are eating. Stick with just a couple of drinks and water to keep your whits about you.
7. Position yourself away from the food. Don’t pick a spot where the food is in your direct line of sight, constantly triggering you to nibble and bite. Instead, if possible pick a spot where you can’t see it.
Happy Superbowl Recipe hunting! Have a great Thursday everyone, this fun weekend is in sight!