I have always been a snack lover. My family always is the one to over-buy snacks and always have something delicious on hand to eat. When it comes to holiday foods, Super Bowl snacks are right up there with Thanksgiving foods for me.
But, as we have turned to a more steady real food diet, and my eldest daughter has shown some sensitivities to food dyes, gluten, and other junk foods; I am simply no longer comfortable serving or eating most traditional Super Bowl snacks.
Luckily, it’s not so hard to transform basic junk foods into real food snacks that, while not entirely “healthy” will at least contain no artificial ingredients and allergens. Here is how you can transform some of the most popular Super Bowl snacks into real food snacks:
Pizza with Real Ingredients
Pizza is a game day necessity for most parties. If you are up to it, why not make your own homemade and healthy pizza?
Homemade Potato Chips
You have to have potato chips at a Super Bowl party. But this year, rather than purchase store-bought chips full of additives, why not make your own?
There is some debate over whether fried foods of any kind are healthy, but I’m in the camp that frying in the right fat on an occasional basis is fine. From what I’ve read, frying in ghee or a non-hydrogenated lard or tallow are the healthiest frying fats. However, you can do your own research on this one.
For best results, fry at a temperature of 350 degrees Fahrenheit and slice the potatoes as thinly as possible.
Healthy Game Day Cheese Dip
I love the taste of the old-fashioned cheese dip made with nasty Velveeta (but my husband actually hates it). However, I don’t want to eat it because it isn’t food. I honestly had no idea how to transform cheese dip into something healthy until I found this recipe from Food Renegade.
Mac ‘n Cheese
Super Bowl foods are all about the comfort foods. Mac ‘n cheese is the perfect comfort food. Add some bacon on top, and it will be the hit of the party and no one will notice that it is “healthy.”
Real Food Soda
Soda is one of the hardest things to translate into real food, but it isn’t impossible. Below are two recipes for healthy-ish sodas:
Fizzy Lemon Soda
- Juice from 6 lemons
- 2 quarts of water
- ½ cup of natural sweetener (we usually use the healthier version of cane sugar)
- ½ cup of whey that is produced while making yogurt
Dissolve the sugar into the water and allow to cool to room temperature. While the sugar is cooling, juice the lemons and gather the whey. Mix everything together and place it in a glass container with a tightly fitting lid. Allow the mixture to sit on the counter for 2-3 days. The lemonade will start to fizz as it ferments.
If you’re up for a bit more of a challenge, try making your own fermented root beet.
If it’s cold where you are on game day, chili is an absolute must! I have had this delicious chili recipe that Erica created– and it is both Brenda and man-approved.
Real food Tortilla Chips/Doritos
Tortilla chips can be somewhat healthy if fried in the correct fat. Start with homemade tortillas, then cut them into triangles and fry in ghee, lard or tallow (at 350 degrees), or bake in the oven until crispy (at 350 degrees).
If you want to make mock-Doritos, before baking, coat the chips on both sides with oil, then sprinkle them with:
- 6 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon of chili powder
- 1 tablespoon of paprika
- 1 teaspoon of salt
After sprinkling, bake the chips in the oven as stated above.
Real and Delicious Bean Dip
My husband loves the bean dip that comes in a can that you can purchase from gas stations. I would much rather make a real-food version to avoid all of the nasty additives in the canned version. Here is a simple recipe for healthy bean dip:
Healthy Bean Dip
- 2 cans of pinto or black beans (or you can cook your own)
- ½ the juice of a lime
- 2 tablespoons of chopped cilantro
- 1 tablespoon of the oil of your choice
- 1 teaspoon of cumin
- Pinch of salt and pepper
- ½ teaspoon of garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon of onion powder
Mix everything together and mash it up with a potato masher. For a creamier texture, mix it up in the food processor or blender.
As long as you don’t add store-bought mayonnaise, guacamole is actually quite healthy. We have a great recipe for guacamole here on Mom Prepares.
A lot of people choose to drink alcoholic beverages during the Super Bowl. Even these can be real-food friendly! If you choose to drink beer, look for varieties that are not pasteurized. This preserves the fermentation which is quite good for you.
Wine is also real-food friendly- look for organic varieties. And if you choose to drink liquor, avoid pre-packaged flavorings and sugar mixes and you’ll be good to go!
For a dessert/snack, why not serve apple chips? They are super-healthy, easy to prepare, and amazingly delicious. If you have a dehydrator, use this preparation method; but if you don’t, use this oven-bake method.
Real Food Wings
It turns out; even wings can be prepared real-food style. There is a really delicious-sounding recipe for wings over at Holistic Squid.
What are your favorite real food Super Bowl snacks?
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