Healthier Super Bowl Snacks that Will Please Every Tailgater

The NFL regular season is over, the playoffs are here and that means it is time for some great football parties, leading up of course to one of the biggest party days of the year – Super Bowl Sunday!

The staple of any great Super Bowl Sunday party is the food and drink. Unfortunately, traditional Super Bowl party fare does tend to be pretty unhealthy and certainly loaded with calories. And while you do not totally have to forego the customary wings and pizza there are also some delicious, but slightly healthier snacks you can add to your tailgating menu (even if the tailgate is in your living room) that should still please the crowd:

smoky-chicken-wings-400x400Lemon Drop Chicken Wings

This is a healthier take on that Super Bowl staple – the chicken wing – that is also possibly one of the best tasting versions of this classic dish you have ever tried!

Ingredients

1/2 cup vodka
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 1/2 pounds chicken wings, tips trimmed

How It’s Done

Combine the vodka, olive oil, lemon juice sugar and salt and pepper in a large bowl or generously sized Ziploc bag. Add the chicken wings and mix well to coat. Cover bowl/seal bag and place in your refrigerator to marinate for at least two to four hours.

Once the wings are well soaked line a baking pan with tinfoil and arrange the chicken wings on it. Pour the marinade over the wings and bake for about an hour, or until the meat is well browned, at 400F.

zucchini-fries-hl-xZucchini Fries

These tasty greens are a great alternative to calorie laden French fries and are also a great way to sneak a few veggies in for any picky eaters.

2 zucchini
1 egg white
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
Vegetable cooking spray

 

How It’s Done

Slice the zucchini in three inch sticks. In a small bowl whisk together egg and milk. In a separate bowl combine the breadcrumbs and Parmesan. Dip each stick into the egg mixture and then coat with breadcrumb mixture. Lay coated sticks on a greased baking ssheet and bake at 425 F for 20-25 minutes.

Mini Cheesy Turkey Sliders

turkey-burger-ck-1545755-lSliders are all the rage right now and they are perfectly sized to be great Superbowl finger food that is a lot healthier than the standard hamburger.

Ingredients

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 1/4 pounds ground turkey breast
1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
Cooking spray
1/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
2 tablespoons minced sweet gherkin pickle
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
12 (1-ounce) dinner rolls
6 curly leaf lettuce leaves, torn in half

How It’s Done

Combine first four ingredients on the list above in a large bowl. Fold in cheese and divide the finished mixture into 12 equal portions. Shape each portion in a patty using your hands.

In a large skillet over a medium heat cook each patty for two minutes a side. In a small bowl combine pickle, mayo and pepper. Split rolls and then spread halves with a thin layer of the mayo mixture, add a patty, and a single piece of lettuce.

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