Football Season = LOTS O’ FOOD!

Don’t fumble this season with unhealthy snacks; keep you and your guests in position for a touchdown.  Let’s face it when we talk about football it isn’t just about the BCS National Championship or Super Bowl it’s about 4-5 months of family, friends, FOOD and fun!

When thinking about what tasty snacks you might prepare remember to leave the fat on the sideline and keep the protein, healthy carbohydrates, fiber and vitamins/minerals in play.

   Listed below are a variety of snacks for you to enjoy while you’re having fun during football season.  Remember; even though these snacks are healthier options serving sizes do count. Kick-off the season right and enjoy your snacking but do it in moderation.

Creamy Artichoke Dip: Makes 5 cups

  • ¼ cup serving provides: 104 calories, 6gm fat (3gm saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 348mg sodium, 5gm carbohydrate, trace fiber, 7gm protein
  • 2 cans (14 ounces each) water-packed artichoke hearts, rinsed, drained and coarsely chopped
  • 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 carton (6 ounces) plain yogurt
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup reduced-fat ricotta cheese
  • ¾ cup shredded parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • ¼ cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped, seeded jalapeno pepper (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt

In a 3-qt slow cooker, combine the artichokes, cream cheese, yogurt, mozzarella, ricotta, ½ cup parmesan, Swiss, mayonnaise, lemon juice, jalapeno, garlic powder and seasoned salt.  Cover and cook on low for 1 hour or until heated through.  Sprinkle with remaining parmesan cheese.  Serve with saltine crackers, Flat-Out Multigrain Crisps or Kashi Original 7-Grain Crackers.

Make It A Mexican Theme

  • Serve either homemade or store bought salsa, hot or mild it won’t make a difference in your calories!
  • Mix up some homemade (not store bought) guacamole with fresh avocados, either a squeeze of lemon or lime juice, a pinch of salt and pepper and for some added flavor dried oregano….scrumptious!
  • Cook dried black beans with a head of garlic (of course, peeled and just throw in whole) until tender.  Let cool slightly and then blend for a homemade black bean dip (be careful when blending, try not to add too much liquid. You want it to be nice and thick).  Top with low-fat mozzarella or low-fat Monterey Jack cheese.
  • All of these can be served with Flat-Out Multigrain Crisps for a low-calorie option: 7 crisps = 60 calories, 2gm fat, 2.5gm fiber and 3gm protein.

Italian Skewers

Skewers:

  • 24 grape or small cherry tomatoes
  • 1 package of Mozzarella pearls (looks like one big  mozzarella ball but they are very small sized balls once you open the package)
  • 12 pitted kalamata olives
  • 1/2 small red or sweet onion, cut into 12 (1/2-inch) pieces (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh oregano leaves or basil leaves
  • Special equipment: 12 (6-inch) bamboo or wood skewers

Vinaigrette: Optional, these skewers are very tasty with OR without the vinaigrette

  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano leaves or basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

  • For the Skewers: Thread the ingredients anyway that you would like!
  • For the Vinaigrette: Mix together the lemon juice, red wine vinegar and oregano. Whisk in the olive oil until the mixture thickens. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Arrange the skewers on a serving platter. Spoon the vinaigrette over the skewers and sprinkle with the chopped oregano.

Other Snack Options:

Deviled Eggs

  • Use half the mayonnaise
  • Use horseradish to give it more flavor and a little kick and use less mayonnaise
  • Use non-fat plain Greek yogurt for moisture and then add a small amount of mayonnaise for flavor
  • Use herbs to give flavor

 

Chicken Kabobs:  A great alternative to meatballs

  • Toss chicken chunks in a light marinade and broil or grill until cooked thoroughly. Serve on toothpicks alongside peanut sauce, low-sodium teriyaki sauce or even a low-fat Ranch Dressing.  Try Marie Calendars Ranch Dressing made with yogurt.  A great low-fat alternative!

 

Shrimp Cocktail with cocktail sauce. Spice it up with extra horseradish if you dare and enjoy!

*Thank you to Kathleen Rodas, Registered Dietitian for providing this information.

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