The big game is coming up this Sunday and we may already have decided which team we are cheering for to win ( I live in North Carolina so I am rooting for the Panthers!). Many of us may still be deciding which party foods to serve. Before going with all the old favorites, consider the fact that many of us eat about 5000-6000 calories on game day. And many of us may have even additional calories when we may have leftovers.

No body wants to be a “party pooper” but there are a few little switches that you can make to reduce the damage made from the high fat favorites without missing out on the flavor! Here are a couple of ways to lighten up your favorites and I also want to share some tasty super bowl party recipes.

Typical Super Bowl Party Options

Chicken Wings with Blue Cheese Dressing

There are a variety of ways that the blue cheese dressings can be lightened.  The the  tasty ones below served with the links below. The skin on the chicken is the fatty part of the wings. Sometimes they are breaded and fried which can add to the calories. One way to lighten them is to peel off some of the skin and bake. I also found some tasty, these cauliflower bites that can take the place of the chicken. If you have not tried roasted cauliflower, you would not believe how it melts in your mouth! If you would like a lighter Buffalo chicken appetizer, here is a tasty option!

Nachos with Cheese

This innocent looking snack can add up. Instead of the cheese, try a black bean and corn relish tastes great with the chips. Try this tasty recipe!


The sugar and the fat in sweets can really add up. Try adding some fresh fruit like sliced apples and orange segments. You may also like my chocolate dessert ideas here.

Alcoholic Beverages:

Remember that these can add a lot of calories also. Have a few other beverage options available so people can have options. I love this Berry Herbal Spritzer!

I also wanted to share some recipe ideas that may give you some easy plant based recipes..

Guilt-free Super Bowl Party Menu

Sweet and Spicy Snack Mix

Pimento Cheese Pinwheels

Warm Black Bean and Cheese Dip with Vegetable Dippers

The main ingredient for this snack mix!

The main ingredient for this snack mix!

Sweet and Spicy Snack Mix

This snack is savory with a little sweet to it also! It is a healthy option to munch! Makes 9 servings.

3 cups popped popcorn

1 cup Rice Chex

1/4 cup cherries

1/4 cup dark chocolate

1/4 cup pecans

1 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Toss all the ingredients and put in a bowl to serve!


Pimento Cheese Pinwheels

. Living in the south makes these pimento cheese pinwheels extra appealing! Makes about 24 pinwheels. Serving size 3 pinwheels.

1 package smaller whole wheat torillias

1 batch of light pimento cheese

Make the light pimento cheese according to directions. Divide the pimento cheese among the tortillas and spread lightly. Roll each one up tightly and allow to sit in the refrigerator at least 30 minutes. You can also let them sit overnight. When it is time to serve, set on a cutting and cut into 1/2 inch pieces. Display attractively on a platter.

The main ingredient for this delicious dip!

The main ingredient for this delicious dip!

Warm Black Bean and Cheese Dip with Vegetable Dippers

This delicious healthy, easy recipe is my version of a delicious black bean dip made at a local restaurant here in Asheville called Barleys. If you don’t live here, you can recreate the taste at home Vine Ripe style! 6 servings

1 15 ounce canned black beans, rinsed and drained

1/4 cup chopped onion

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 clove minced garlic

1 teaspoon corriander

2 tablespoons salsa

Salt and pepper to taste

1/3 cup light sour cream or Greek yogurt

1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Olive oil

Preheat oven to 400 degress. Saute onions in about 1 teaspoon of olive oil and saute until they start to brown and caramelize.In a food processor add beans, onions, seasonings, salsa and 2 tablespoons of water. Blend until spoon and add to a greased baking dish. Carefully spread low fat sour cream or Greek yogurt and top with cheese. Bake about 15 minutes until cheese begins to brown and bubble on top.

I hope that these ideas will help provide some delicious ways to make your super bowl party de-lightful! No one has to know that the food is healthy, they will never know! As a dietitian nutritionist in Asheville, I love to help folks learn how to lighten up their favorite treats without losing the flavor! For those special recipes that can’t be lightened, I can help share how the best ways to work them in without feeling deprived. You can find out more about me here!



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