It’s game day and you know what that means, right? Food, football, family and friends! If you’re staying strong during the game and sticking to your 17 Day Diet plan, here are a few ideas for healthy Super Bowl Snacks this football season.
Try these healthy food ideas if you’re on Cycle 1– you’ll find ideas for Cycle 2 and 3 below:
All American Football Veggie Tray
Certain vegetables are a freebie on the 17 Day Diet. Try adding the following veggies to your platter this season:
Asparagus Spears cooked lightly in olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper- serve cold
Variety of Bell Peppers- the yellow, orange and red variety have wonderful sweet flavor!
Broccoli and Cauliflower
Sliced Cucumbers- or try mixing with a little olive oil, apple cider vinegar, sweetener, salt & pepper for a tasty salad
Mushrooms- try a South American Marinade: Olive Oil, Vinegar, Chili Powder, Cumin, Oregano, Sweetener, Salt & Pepper- let sit for a few hours, then grill. Serve cold.
Veggie Dip- Use a 1/2 packet of Ranch Dip Packet with a cup of non-fat plain yogurt. Makes a great zingy dip for your veggies.
Deviled Eggs- Use a traditional recipe but swap out mayonaise with non-fat plain yogurt.
Cycle 2 addition: Make a homemade hummus to go with your veggies
Cycle 3 additions: Cut pita slice into triangles, toast and serve with your favorite homemade hummus or guacamole
Turkey Burger- Protein Style
Season lean ground turkey meat with your favorite seasonings such as salt, pepper, garlic, etc.
In lieu of bun, use iceburg, bibb, or boston lettuce and wrap your burger along with your favorite condiments such as sliced tomato, onion, ketchup and fat-free cheese.
Cycle 2/3: Use lean ground sirloin rather than turkey
Cycle 3: Stuff your burger into a whole wheat pita pocket or make a burger wrap with a 10 inch whole wheat tortilla. If you want to use bread, fold your burger into one slice of your favorite bread from the Cycle 3 list.
Faux Buffalo Chicken
Cut chicken breasts into bite size pieces and marinate in a bath of your favorite buffalo wing hot sauce, reduced-sugar ketchup or BBQ sauce, add salt and pepper and any other spices you enjoy. Bake at 350 for roughly 20 minutes. Baste your chicken half way through baking process with extra sauce (make sure you set aside extra before putting chicken in marinade so not to contaminate cooking chicken). Serve with your ranch dip (see above).
Chicken Stir Fry
Slice chicken breast, carrots, broccoli, bell peppers and onions. Cook chicken with a bit of olive oil in pan, add veggies when chicken is almost cooked through. Add Bragg Liquid Amino to taste and top with your favorite seasonings such as salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, etc. *For added variety, add grilled tofu.
Chicken or Beef Skewers
Cut up chicken (Cycle 1) or Beef Sirloin (Cycle 2/3) into bite sized pieces. Use the following recipe and let meat marinate for at least 2 hours:
2 tbsp Olive Oil
1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1/4 Cup Tomato Sauce
1/2 tsp Chili Powder
1/2 tsp Cumin
1/2 tsp Oregano
1/2 tsp sweetener
Salt, Pepper to taste
Use your favorite veggies from the Cycle Food lists such as onion, mushroom, bell peppers, etc and place them on skewers with meat and grill (you may marinate veggies in same sauce if you desire).
Cycle 2/3 additions: Use potatoes for your skewers (try canned mini potatoes– they work best), or serve with brown rice or couscous.
Other Easy Recipes
Cauliflower Nachos: Think you’ll miss your nachos? Think again! Try this yummy cauliflower nacho recipe instead.
Greek Souvlaki Chicken Skewers: Who says you can’t have healthy for game day? Yes, please!
Tuna Cakes with Lemon Dijon Sauce: These can be a perfect appetizer. Actually, these are perfect any meal, any day!
Just because you’re on a diet doesn’t mean you can’t eat great food. Enjoy game day with your friends and family…and remember, it’s not all about food!