Dips n’ More: Healthy Super Bowl Ideas

Alex Brecher

The nation’s biggest sporting event is coming up. Are you ready for Super Bowl 50 on February 7? It doesn’t have to be a diet-busting event. Even if you are going to or hosting a big party, you can keep your choices in check. Here are some ideas for a healthy Super Bowl 50.

Dips and Dippers

What’s a party with plenty of dips? You don’t have Skip the saturated fat and extra calories, and dig into some of these healthier dips instead.

-Guacamole with avocados, garlic, lime juice, and jalapenos. Swap in pureed peas or broccoli for some of the avocado to cut calories a little.

-Beefy dip with BariatricPal Protein Beef Bouillon. Add 16 ounces non-fat cottage cheese, ¾ cup salad dressing, ¼ cup vinegar, lemon juice, black pepper, dill, chives, parsley, and curry powder.

-Salsa dip with BariatricPal Protein Cream of Tomato Soup, ½ cup each of vinegar, chopped tomato, chopped onion, and chopped green pepper, 1 cup of water, and red pepper flakes.

Your guests may demand chips, and that’s fine. For yourself and your more health-conscious buddies, vegetables are a good go-to. Go for celery sticks, carrots, bell pepper strips, cucumber coins, and broccoli and cauliflower florets, and you’re sure to come out way ahead.

Super Bowl Must-Haves

There are a few almost essential ingredients for a Super Bowl party. One of them is chili. Make your own healthy version using 2 packages of BariatricPal Protein Cream of Tomato Soup, 12 ounces ground turkey, 1 cup of green peppers, 2 cups of tomatoes, 1 cup of onions, ¾ cup water, 1 tablespoon each of cumin and chili powder, and 2 packets of calorie-free sweetener.

And what about chicken wings? Try a healthified fried chicken version using 8 ounces of chicken breast. Coat with a mixture of BariatricPal Protein Soup Chicken Bouillon, garlic powder, and ground pepper. Then cook the chicken in a lightly oiled skillet. You can dip this mock fried chicken in homemade protein barbecue sauce made with BariatricPal Protein Cream of Tomato Soup, ¼ cup vinegar, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 2 packets low-calories sweetener, ¼ cup boiling water, and garlic powder. 

You can’t skip dessert when you’re having a party, but there’s no need to spend your daily calorie budget on brownies and cupcakes. Instead, you could make peanut butter cookies with a package of BariatricPal Protein Chocolate Chip Pancakes, a tablespoon of peanut butter, and 1 packet of calorie-free sweetener. Or, make a creamy peach parfait with a package of BariatricPal French Vanilla Shake/Pudding and ¾ cup cold water, and topped with ¾ cup peaches.

If you don’t feel like baking, just munch on something ready-made, like BariatricPal Vanilla or Chocolate Protein Wafers.

Refreshing Drinks

Don’t even think about reaching for a sugar-laden soda or a carb-filled beer. Try a refreshing low-sugar, high-protein fruit drink or a creamy shake. You can liven up the party as much as your imagination allows. For example, try a black forest smoothie with BariatricPal Swiss Chocolate Shake/Pudding, cold water, and cherry extract.

The Super Bowl brings tons of fun and excitement, but way too many calories if you’re not careful. If you are, though, you can enjoy great-tasting snacks and an exciting game without breaking the calorie bank. Have fun!

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