When the Super Bowl rolls around, all eyes are on the chip aisle at the supermarket. But don't lose sight of healthy eating choices while cheering on your favorite teams.
TakePart asked our Food, Inc Facebook friends to share some of their favorite healthy snacks, dips and recipes—all suitable for munching in the act of raucous sports viewing. Here's what fans and friends from the site cooked up. (Note: Recipes were edited slightly for clarity.)
Kale Chips (submitted by Mary Holding)
Preheat oven to 250. Tear kale leaves into pieces, then rinse and dry (make sure kale is really dry). Mix 1/2 tsp minced and crushed garlic with tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp maple syrup and 1/4 tsp salt. Coat the leaves with the dressing, spread on a baking sheet, and cook for 25-30 minutes. Turn at least once and cook until crisp but not brown.
(Psst...for the chefs with short attention spans, try Edi Cates Denton's recipe: "Toss kale with olive oil and sea salt, then bake at 200 until dehydrated. SO good.")
Grilled zucchini salsa (submitted by Wave Rider)
Cut zucchini lengthwise in thin pieces. Coat with organic olive oil, salt, and pepper. Grill until each side has marks. Chop fine and set aside. Place one clove of garlic on the grill pan till it's clear through and through. Chop up fresh onion and tomato and any kind of peppers to taste (since it's winter I used dried cayenne from the garden). Chop fresh cilantro or parsley if you have it. If not use 1 Tbsp dried parsley. Chop up slightly cooked garlic finely. Mix together and enjoy with fish tacos or with chips and queso if preferred.
Fresh bean dip (submitted by Tess Wallen Rebello)
1 can red kidney beans, 1 can rinsed black beans, 2 diced celery stalks, 1 med diced tomato, 1 med diced red onion, 1 cup frozen corn. Dressing: 3/4 c. salsa, 1/2 c. oil, 1/2 c. lime juice, 1 Tbsp chili powder, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp cumin. Toss dressing and veggies. Chill at least an hour. Serve with chips, crackers, or pita. SUPER yummy and a total hit at every party I go to!!
Bean dip (Submitted by Olivia Calandra)
Take some beans (in the can or from a bag and then boil them and mash them down) and mash them up/heat them up as your first layer in a baking dish. Then add cut-up tomatoes, green onions, olives, sour cream (you can also use vegan sour cream!), veggie cheese (for you vegans) and hot sauce. Use pita bread or chips to dip. It's yummy, it's healthy and guys like it cuz it's simple. :)
Fresh salsa (submitted by Andie Miller)
Throw diced tomatoes, diced red onion, minced garlic, fresh cilantro, some chopped jalapenos, lime juice, salt, and freshly ground black pepper into the food processor. Pulse it several times and you have a fresh salsa that is healthier because you don't use preservatives, and sustainable because it didn't travel cross-country to get to you!
Guacamole (submitted by Jessica Richardson) Make your own. All you need: avocados, tomato, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, salt, pepper, garlic powder.
Artichoke dip (submitted by Amy Jane Stewart)
Chop 2 cups of artichokes; blend in 1 Tbsp organic lemon juice, few Tbsp olive oil and few cloves of minced garlic. Add grated reggiano for non-vegans. Serve with organic celery sticks.
Avocado salad (submitted by Maryann Aguirre)
Combine 2 cans of organic corn, 2 cans of black beans, 3 Roma or regular tomatoes, 1 thinly diced white or red onion, and 4 (or more) ripe avocados. Squeeze lemon all over and sprinkle with sea salt. Served with tostadas.
Spicy lentil wraps (submitted by Tamra Young)
Lentils, wheat bulgar, red pepper paste (oil, red pepper flakes, lemon), onion. Grill, then put on lavash bread with some tahini sauce and shredded cabbage. YUM!!!
Vegan chili (submitted by Sarah W. Higgins)
Cook black beans and brown rice separately. Blend 3/4 of each together. Go nuts sautee'ing garlic, onion, diced tomatoes, cumin, and chili powder. Add whole rice and beans, blended mixture of rice and beans, and enough veg broth to make it chili-like.
Chicken strips (submitted by Denise Campbell)
For any of you who are NOT vegetarians: Cut organic, cage-free chicken breasts into nugget size strips and dip into mix of whole spelt flour, paprika, garlic powder, thyme, sea salt (and any other spice you like). Fry in coconut oil. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.
I like mine with Annie's Organic Cowgirl Ranch! I share this because football parties need "meaty" recipes.
Trail mix (submitted by Garrett Ovechin)
Almonds, dry cranberries, sunflower seeds, cashew nuts.
Simple mix (submitted by Jessica Slatkoff Arteaga)
A giant bowl of cashews, raisins, and baby carrots. Sounds weird, but it's my favorite snack!
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