ShopRite Dietitians Share Their “Better For You” Recipes For Delicious Football Parties
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Fans expect to see plenty of blocking and tackling happening on the field during the big game, but when it comes to navigating the minefield of calorie-laden snacks, appetizers and foods traditionally served at parties, there’s no easy playbook for that – until now.
“There are so many delicious ways to lighten up traditional snacks and appetizers that there’s sure to be something for everyone to enjoy,” explains Stephanie Perez, RD, Retail Dietitian Supervisor at ShopRite. “Whether you’re all about pizza, nachos or cheesy dips, we’ve got a way to whip up a better-for-you version that everyone will love.”
Below, ShopRite suggests some ways to lighten up “traditional” game day fare.
Game Day Favorite: Pizza
Lighten it up: The half-time show might fizzle out, but pizza is always a crowd pleaser. Sure, ordering in is easy, but so is preparing your pizza with a few simple ingredients. Grab a few pizza doughs from your local ShopRite, some low-fat mozzarella, a handful of fresh veggies (peppers, mushrooms and spinach is a good combo) and a jar of organic tomato sauce from ShopRite’s Wholesome Pantry line and you’ve got yourself the makings of several crowd-pleasing pies. “The veggies add a nutritional punch of healthy vitamins, minerals and fiber,” says Perez. “The best part is that you won’t be lacking in flavor.”
Game Day Favorite: Nachos
Lighten it up: There may be a bad call on the field, but your nachos won’t be one of them! One of the easiest (and most loved) game day snacks, nachos are a sure thing. To make a healthier alternative of this popular game day snack, consider using baked chips or making your own with whole wheat, flour or corn tortillas that you’ve cut and crisped up in the oven. Top with a shredded rotisserie chicken, cooked organic dried beans from the Wholesome Pantry line, low-fat cheddar cheese, diced tomatoes or salsa and some low-fat sour cream on the side, and these nachos will easily become part of your regular meal rotation. “Black beans are loaded with fiber and protein which will fill you up and keep you satiated,” says Perez. “Together with the lean chicken and low-fat cheese and veggies on top, you’re getting a lot of nutrition in even just a small helping.”
Game Day Favorite: Cheesy dips
Lighten it up: Your team may try to run out the clock, but a more pressing issue is whether you run out of homemade guacamole – as your guests are sure to dig in with gusto. Best of all, homemade guacamole is a cinch to make – no complicated playbook needed. All you need are a few ripe avocados, lime juice, red onion, garlic, salt, pepper and cilantro and you’re in business! Loaded with folate, vitamin E and healthy monounsaturated fat, guacamole (in moderation, of course), can help reduce your risk of heart disease. Serve with a variety of sliced veggies and some baked chips or crackers and enjoy!
Game Day Favorite: Chips, candy and pretzels
Lighten it up: There’s no harm in putting together a super “bowl” filled with snacks, but everything in moderation right? So while you can’t (and shouldn’t) completely give up your grab-and-go favorites during the game, why not play for the healthy-team, and add some better-for-you alternatives to the field? Try putting out a few bowls of air-popped popcorn and several bowls of various nuts and dried fruits from the Wholesome Pantry line. These snacks are easily portable as well and make a great snack to bring to any party.
For more idea and photos/recipes of the more favorites, such as:
Cauliflower Buffalo Wings
Carrot Cashew Queso
Loaded Apple Nachos
ShopRite is the registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer-owned cooperative based in Keasbey, NJ, and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States. With more than 270 ShopRite supermarkets located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves more than six million customers each week.