So it’s Super Bowl Sunday…and the boys are on their way round to take in the beer, commercials, and most importantly, snacks. Imagine what their reaction would be to a layout of healthy Super Bowl party snacks?
Not that impressed at a guess!
But please don’t worry – we are not going all out here and banishing the wings and chilli, this is supposed to be a fun day after all. In this article we will be providing a few ‘healthy’ suggestions for your day of football…and we’re DEFINITELY NOT trying to turn anyone vegan! 🙂
Here are four of my own personal favourites for that big sporting occasion…
Snack One: Herb Marinated Chicken Skewers With Harissa
Come on – easy-to-assemble chicken skewers…what football fan would turn his/her nose up at these?
After all – football does mean MEAT! 🙂
Simply garnish with rosemary, thyme, oregano, and cumin. Round it all up with a super-spicy harissa sauce. How do we make this sauce?
- Roasted red peppers
- Olive oil
- Lemon juice
- And any other spices you feel will take the roof off your mate’s mouth!
Snack Two: Crispy Chickpea Bites
I actually first tried these little taste-blasters during an F.A. Cup final (soccer/football), but they worked for one big sporting event…so I figured they would definitely work for yet another!
Now, it’s important to point out that this snack ONLY works if you manage to get the chickpeas to that real crispy point – anything less is a complete disaster (in my book anyway!). Check out the process below…
- Pre-heat a rimmed baking sheet in an oven at 450°F. Pre-heating the baking sheet ensures the chickpeas crisp as soon as they hit the hot pan.
- Use a 15.5 oz. can of chickpeas – open, empty/drain and then rinse. You need to make sure that the peas are as dry as possible because any moisture on their outside will cause them to steam when cooking.
- When they are as dry as possible, toss the chickpeas with 1 tablespoon olive oil and ¼ teaspoon each kosher salt and freshly-ground black pepper. Bring the baking sheet out of the oven, fill it with the peas (make sure they are spread out) and then place back in the oven. Cook for about 25 minutes, and make sure you shake the pan holding the baking sheet halfway through.
Snack Three: Popcorn & Marshmallow Treats
So we’ve done two savory options – time for something a little bit sweet (like me!) 🙂
Popcorn & Marshmallow bars are simple and perfect for your big day of football. All you need to get started is:
- Two tablespoons of unsalted butter, plus more for the dish
- Half a cup of popcorn kernels or one 3.5-ounce package plain microwave popcorn
- One 10-ounce bag of marshmallows
Simply butter up a baking dish, and then prepare (or pop) the popcorn (directions for this differ – check the packaging).
Grab a saucepan, throw in the butter and the marshmallows and gently heat over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes (make sure you stir as you heat).
Fold in the popcorn until coated then press into the prepared dish. Leave to stand for about quarter of an hour then cut up into separate bars (you’ll manage to get about 20 to 24 bars out of it!).
Snack Four: Veggie Buffalo ‘Meatballs’ (With an Awesome Blue Cheese Dip)
Okay – we didn’t want to leave the vegetarians out of the picture, so here we go…
Move aside hot wings, these spicy “meatballs” combine white beans and mushrooms to make a surprisingly tasty veggie snack. Go on – give the meat a day off!
Okay, this one’s not exactly as simple as the three options we’ve covered above, but it is worth it (if you’ve got the time and the talent!). You’ll need:
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 celery stalk, coarsely chopped
- 1 (15-ounce) can white beans, rinsed, drained
- 4 ounces button mushrooms
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup hot pepper sauce, preferably Frank’s
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup buttermilk
- 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons chopped chives, divided
So how do we put all this together?
Set up a rack on the middle shelf of your oven and set to preheat at about 400°F, and cover a rimmed baking sheet with oil.
Mash up the garlic, celery, beans, and mushrooms and pulses in a food processor. Transfer the food processor mix into a large bowl and add egg, panko, and 3/4 tsp. salt – mix it all together.
From here you can begin to roll up ‘meatballs’ by simply using your hands, then place them on the prepared baking sheet. Place in the oven and bake for about half an hour – make sure they are nice and firm (and don’t forget to turn them halfway through the cooking process!).
When the balls are baking, cook butter, hot sauce, and maple syrup in a saucepan until the butter is melted down. Stir well until the mixture is nice and smooth and set to one side.
Whisk sour cream, buttermilk, blue cheese, pepper, 1 Tbsp. plus 2 tsp. chives, and remaining 1/4 tsp. salt in a medium bowl. Top with remaining 1 tsp. chives.
When the ‘meatballs’ are ready, transfer them into a suitable bowl and cover with the hot sauce mixture you prepared. Serve with the dip.
Healthy Super Bowl Party Snacks
So there we have it – four awesome and healthy snacks for your Super Bowl celebration!
If you have any questions about the recipes we have covered above, or you have any options you would like to add to this list, please feel free to use the comment section below.