Healthy Snack Alternatives for the Big Game

Getting ready for the big game? All of the greasy chicken wings, pizza and chips can leave you feeling heavy afterward. Here are some recipes that are healthy and delicious alternatives to your traditional game day dishes.

Substitute hot wings for…

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

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Serves 4
1 medium cauliflower – cut into bite size pieces
½ cup flour
½ cup water
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2/3 cup buffalo hot sauce – pick your favorite

Preheat oven to 450 degrees, and spray a large cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
In a large bowl whisk together flour, water, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Add cauliflower bites and toss to coat. Bake for 15 minutes.
While cauliflower if baking, mix together the melted butter and buffalo sauce.
Add baked cauliflower to buffalo mixer, toss and coat. Then place cauliflower back onto baking sheet and bake for 15 to 25 minutes, or until crispy. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes. Serve with celery, carrot sticks and your favorite ranch or blue cheese dipping sauce!

Not a fan of cauliflower? Try veggie chips! You can dip them in low-fat ranch or hummus.

Substitute queso dip for…

White Bean Chili

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Serves 4 – 6
1 can diced tomatoes – drained
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ cup chopped white onion
4 ounces of chopped green chilies
2 cloves of garlic – minced
1.5 teaspoon ground cumin spice
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon chili powder
A pinch or red pepper flakes for a spice (optional)
2 cups of Vegetable broth – regular or low-sodium
2 cans of Navy beans – rinsed and drained
1 can Cannellini beans – rinsed and drained
For topping:
Sour cream
Fresh chopped tomatoes

Shredded cheddar cheese
Sliced scallion onions

Heat oil in a large saucepan or pot over medium-high heat and cook onions for 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in chilies, garlic, cumin spice, oregano, sugar, red pepper flakes, chili powder and canned diced tomatoes. Let tomatoes and spices heat through for 5 minutes. Add vegetable broth, bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes. Add beans and simmer for another 15 minutes. Finally, season with salt and pepper for taste. Serve.
You can also add ground meat, such as turkey or chicken to this recipe!

Too busy on game day to cook a fancy chili? You can also cook this chili in a crock-pot! Cook the ground meat (optional), onions and garlic in a saucepan, and then add all the ingredients into the crock-pot on high for one hour. Bring the temperature down to low for 1 one hour or until the chili is thick and ready to serve. Make sure to stir the chili every 30 minutes while cooking in the crock-pot. Serve with tasty toppings and cheer on your favorite team!

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