Super Bowl parties traditionally rely on dips and chips, pizza, wings and generally high fat and high calorie foods.
But the director of WVNCC’s Culinary Arts Program says you can trade nutrients for fats, without losing taste in the bargain.
Spinach dip is standard fare at game parties.
“Everybody loves spinach dip,” said Marian Grubor, director of West Virginia Northern Community College’s culinary arts program. “But we have mayonnaise and sour cream. What could be worse for you than mayonnaise and sour cream? It’s pure fat!”
Chef Grubor suggests an alternative–a mix of spinach, mashed chickpeas and guacamole.
“Toss in a little bit of sea salt, and it makes a beautiful, colorful dip that I think has a lot more taste than your bland spinach dip,” she said.
Wings are the number one Super Bowl snack.
Grubor has two suggestions here.
“Actually if you just take your chicken wings and instead of frying them, bake them, you save 120 calories,” she said. “Or by using strips of chicken breast, you save 400 calories. And I’ve just topped them with a little bit of lemon, honey and sriracha sauce.
You can’t eliminate pizza from the menu.
But instead of a deep dish pizza loaded with sausage, she suggests a thin crust pizza smothered with veggies, saving 350 calories.
“You could use zucchini, peppers, onions, tomatoes or anything you have in your refrigerator,” she noted. “You could do broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, anything you have at hand, you could put on top of your pizza.”
She says most Super Bowl snacking is mindless eating anyway, and nobody’s going to miss the heavy ingredients.
“So if we’ve prepared this stuff with healthy ingredients and a lot of vegetables and a lot of color in there, at the end of the day, we could save a couple thousand calories, just through the Super Bowl,” Grubor said.