We all love "football food" right? The wings! The chips! The fried cheese and pizza! I could go on and on... But one of my missions for Lil' Olive Tree is to promote good health, so promoting eating junk food really wasn't a direction I wanted to take. Yes, yes, they saying everything in moderation is ok... However, for some, one little bite can turn into a week or more of binging. I'd hate to see anyone who has been working so hard at eating healthier fall off the wagon. So I decided to make a round-up list of healthier food options for the big game-day party. For those who are struggling with managing a healthy weight, or have health issues such as diabetes or heart disease, or anyone who just made a New Year's resolution to eat healthier this list is for you!
Enjoy the game!
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Baked Parmesan Chicken Tenders and Zucchini Chips
Kat from https://califfcreations.com/ created this delicious looking recipe that won't clog your arteries. Click the picture
below for the recipe:
Broccoli Cheddar Bites
This recipe is also curtesy of Kat from www.califfcreations.com and I plan to make this on game-day. I just know my littles will love this!
Mini Zucchini (or Eggplant) Pizzas
Last one by Kat. Feel zero guilt eating these nutritious mini pizzas! Again, click the pic for the recipe:
Slow Cooker Chili
Erin over on at www.maofalltrades.com has an awesome slow cooker chili recipe. An even healthier twist on this would be to hold the cheese, and sub greek yogurt for the sour cream. Check it out:
Shredded Buffalo Chicken
Another one by Erin from www.maofalltrades.com. Ok, this one isn't exactly healthy; however, a couple of substitutions and it will satifsy your craving for football party chicken wings without the guilt. You can omit the butter, or use a healthy butter like Irish grass-fed butter that is rich in vitamins and minerals. You can also substitute romaine lettuce for the rolls and have yourself some buffalo chicken lettuce wraps! check it out:
Instant Pot Organic, Gluten-Free Chicken Tacos
Sticking with the spicy vibe that seems to be going on here, this one is written by yours truly. I seriously can't get enough of my Instant Pot... especially when I am cooking for a large group of people. I just know this will be a BIG hit with my football loving family! Click this pic to get the recipe for yourself:
Instant Pot Sweet Potato Whole30 Chili
This recipe is a chili adaptation by Stefani blogger at www.craftychristian.com and is perfect for those on the Whole30 journey. You know I love anything I can make in my Instant Pot. Check it out!
Oil-Free, Low-Sodium Popcorn
This one is by Sara over on at www.parentingpod.com. This is a complete guide of different variations to this oil-free, low-sodium snack. I seriously can't wait to try the Rosemary Parmesan recipe.
Seasoned Sweet Potato Chips
Back on over at www.craftychristian.com and discover this delicious and nutritious sweet potato chip recipe. You don't have to feel guilty eating these either, as they are baked. Not fried! Yay!
Holiday Pesto Cheese Blossom
We've covered a couple different healthy homemade chip options. Now it's on to the dips! Last one from Stefani the Crafty Christian. This pesto cheese delight looks so delicious, I can't wait to try it. Click below for the recipe.
Chipotle Inspired Black Bean Corn Salsa
Jessi from www.thecoffeemom.net seems to have mastered the famous Chipotle black bean and corn salsa. This refreshing dip is nutritious and yummy. Perfect for game-day dipping!
Our Family's Favorite Salsa
Yes, you read that right. Our Family's Favorite Salsa is the name given to this recipe by Misty from www.manyseasonsofmotherhood.com. This does look seriously delicious. I'm intrigued.
Game Day Guacamole
Last, but certainly not least, Jordan over on at www.beautifullyimperfectmama.com created this delicious guacamole recipe perfect for the big game day. Not much on this plant is healthier than good ol' avocado. Packed with nutrients and healthy fats, you can feel good about eating plenty of this! Check it out:
I hope you enjoyed this round-up. Remember to share with your football-loving friends who are trying to stick to their health goals as well!
Are you ready for some football?!