Healthy Super Bowl Menu Ideas

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Can you believe that we’ve already made our way from August NFL Training Camps to an unofficial national holiday, SUPER BOWL SUNDAY?? But…the point of this post isn’t to talk about the game. It’s to talk about Food.

So. Let’s. Talk. Food.

We typically aren’t big Super Bowl party peeps, but we do make sure to put together a nice spread of food while we hang at home with the kids and a few of their friends. 🙂 And we are always happy to share some ideas with YOU, too.

We’ve come up with 9 ideas that we prepared last Sunday, and even kid-tested. Let’s just jump right in so that you can begin making your lists and please post any questions or feedback below!

Cucumber Turkey Sandwiches

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Yes, we indulge in some treats and often times pizza on Super Bowl Sunday, but WE ALSO make sure to have many guilt-free, lighter items around, too. These Cucumber Turkey sandwiches, which were inspired by Natalie Jill Fitness’s Pinterest page, are one of those guilt-free options.

Another recipe option (that scored a point with my wife 😉 ) would be to use sliced cucumber, turkey breast and hummus. Our kids aren’t yet big hummus fans so we used a small piece of white American cheese as a substitute for that. And we really enjoy smoked turkey breast of all the types of turkey at your local grocery store deli.

One thing we’ll try next time we make these…a touch of mustard. 🙂

 

21 Day Fix Italian Turkey Meatballs

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We’ve made these 21 Day Fix Turkey Meatballs many times before since we discovered them in Autumn Calabrese’s Fixate Cookbook, which makes for a great resource for anyone in the middle of 21 Day Fix or any Beachbody program that utilizes Beachbody’s Portion Fix Containers.

The recipe makes 40-45 1 inch turkey meatballs, and we’ll go ahead and give you a sneak peek at this recipe (there are 100 other ones in the Fixate Cookbook!). We did make a few modifications, having used a lil less garlic and choosing almond milk or skim milk.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1/3 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened original almond milk
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely diced
  • 2 lbs lean ground turkey
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 TBSP grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Here’s what you do:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degree
  2. Cover a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside
  3. Measure out bread crumbs and almond milk and combine, setting aside to sit for 10-15 minutes
  4. Saute the onion in olive oil over medium heat for 5 minutes, add garlic and cook for an additional 1 minute stirring entire time.
  5. Combine the onion mixture, bread crumb mixture, turkey, eggs, parsley, salt, pepper, oregano and Parmesan cheese in a large bowl and stir. (Get your hands in there if you need to!)
  6. If you have an hour, put the bowl (covered) in a fridge to let the flavors come together. If you  don’t have an hour…just keep truckin’
  7. Use your freshly cleaned hands to roll out 40ish meatball, placing them on the parchment lined baking tray
  8. Bake at 425 degrees for 15-18 minutes or until brown and cooked through
  9. We typically used a spoon to remove them from the baking sheet, taking special care to remove any fat that collected underneath the meatball while it cooked

You will have a lot to serve at your Super Bowl party, and you may even have leftovers to refrigerate or freeze. We hope you and your guests enjoy them as much as we do.

 

Blueberry Yogurt Bites

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Here’s an item to set out at halftime. 😉 Basically we took some freshly rinsed organic blueberries and used a toothpick to dip them individually in some Oikos Vanilla Greek Yogurt.

After dipping they went directly onto a 13 x 9 Pyrex dish lined with parchment paper which we then placed directly in the freezer. It only takes about an hour for these babies to freeze.

When the time is right remove them from the freezer and serve.

 

Quinoa Taco Bowls

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You know what makes me sad?

That 92% of the quinoa is hiding in our picture.

If you can imagine it…there is about 3/4 of a cup of cooked quinoa that was seasoned with taco seasoning underneath all that other deliciousness. Anyhow here’s what we used and what we did for our quinoa taco bowls.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 14 oz can of black beans, rinsed
  • 3-4 cups of chopped Romaine lettuce
  • 1 Roma tomato, diced
  • 1 small can of black olives, drained
  • your favorite salsa or pico de Gallo
  • 3/4 cup dried quinoa
  • 1 packet Taco seasoning
  • shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • limes
  • 1/2 cup of water

Here’s what you do:

  1. Cook quinoa in water over 15-20 minutes
  2. Combine entire amount of cooked quinoa (about 3 cups??), taco seasoning packet and 1/2 cup of water and simmer over medium heat for 3-5 minutes. (Basically think of making tacos, but in place of ground beef or turkey you’re using cooked quinoa)
  3. Divide the quinoa into 3/4 cup portion and add desired toppings and Enjoy

The toppings that we enjoyed are listed above…you decide how much of each you want. We loved fresh squeezed lime juice, shredded cheese, black olives, diced Roma tomato, Romaine lettuce, 1/4 of a small avocado diced into chunks and then we topped it with our favorite salsa.

 

Chocolate Superfood Popcorn

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Mind. Blown.

We got this idea from our mentors from afar, Bret and Chalene Johnson. You can find Bret at hangrytips.com and Chalene at chalenejohnson.com.

These two have been changing our lives for 5 years with their guidance on choosing SMART Success, relationships, business success, social media and working with virtual staff, among MANY other things

BUUUUUUUT then they went and put Shakeology on popcorn. Amazing.

We’ve been enjoying Shakeology in our daily nutrition plan since January 2010, but this was a first. And it’s SUPER Easy.

All you do is combine Skinny Pop (or popcorn you’ve cooked on the stove) and Chocolate Shakeology in a big bowl in a ratio of 4 cups of popcorn to 1 TBSP of chocolate Shakeology. Give it a toss and if you want more or less make the adjustment.

 

Killer Guac and Chips

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We eat guacamole like the state of Illinois spends money it doesn’t have.

If you don’t live in Illinois that means often and sometimes without consideration for how we’ll pay for it later.

Anyhow, you can buy store bought guacamole but we want you to get into the habit of MAKING it. Here’s what we do with ours:

Combine 2 ripe avocados, 1 lime juiced (2-3 TBSP?), dash of cayenne pepper, dash of salt, 1/4 cup of salsa or diced Roma Tomatoes, 1/4 cup of finely diced cilantro, 2 TBSP finely diced red onion and 1 clove of garlic finely diced.

You can leave it kind of chunky or mix it until it’s more smooth, whatever you prefer.

If you’re looking to impress your guests throw in about 2 TBSP of fresh pomegranate seeds for a lil sweet and crunch.

 

Fresh Fruit Cups

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It’s hard to complicate fresh fruit. 🙂

But here’s our only thought…

Rather than having a BIG bowl of fruit, help people portion out about a cup of fruit of varying colors, textures and sweetness. We went with organic blackberries and strawberries, cantaloupe, green grapes and pineapple.

 

Naked Chicken Tenders

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Yes, these are as simple as they look…but here’s whey we included them.

I mean doesn’t EVERY Super Bowl Party have to have “chicken wings”???? The problem comes when one eats bone-in wings that have skin on them, that have been sitting in a crock pot of butter-based hot sauce for a few hours.

Did anyone else throw up in their mouth a little bit when reading that? For real.

Here’s how you can STILL have your chicken in a healthier way. Just season some chicken tenderloins with salt, pepper and a little bit (I didn’t’ measure…sorry) of oregano. Saute’ them on the stove in a few teaspoons of olive oil and then serve them with a hot sauce that you can DIP them in. You’ll still get the tangy heat flavor with no chicken skin or butter.

You’re welcome. 🙂

 

Won-ton Tacos

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Last year we were Won-ton Taco virgins.

Now they make the regular rotation…because TACO TUESDAY can get BOOORING. 🙂 And can I say our kids love them?

Thankfully, they are really simple to make. Just prepare your lean ground beef, turkey or venison as usual. Then, fill a muffin tin with JUST the won-ton shells, placing one in each hole (they will fold in as demonstrated in the picture above). Bake the shells at 375 degrees until the corners turn just brown…about 3-4 minutes TOPS usually.

Then place about 1-2 TBSP of taco meat and a little cheese on top of each shell and return to the oven to melt the cheese, about 2 minutes.

Lastly, top as you prefer. We enjoyed shredded cheese, lettuce and avocado pieces this time but have also topped with salsa, Roma Tomatoes and Red Onion.

We’d love to hear what you think of them.

 


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  • Shannon

    Great share Graues!!! ???