Snacks For The “Big Game”

1 Feb

Hey!  Any football fans out there?  I suspect many of you are…. I am not. Never really got into it….. while Al may watch the game, I more than likely have a book in my hand.

However… there is one exception.

Hello Super Bowl Sunday! 

It’s a tradition to gather at our friends home the guys hovering over the tv area, the girls sitting at the kitchen table catching up yacking during game time and then, being really quiet during the commercials.  LOVE the Super Bowl Commercials.

Of course, what else do the words “Super Bowl” mean? 

Usually food… and lots of it.  Not only food… but as per tradition it is unhealthy food…. chips dips, hot wings, pizza, brownies, cookies…. for someone with goals to get healthy – it can be a danger zone.  😯  AND sometimes the only way to be eating something even remotely healthy, is if you brought it.  AND believe me…. this works for all gatherings with BADTS (Bring A Dish To Share). 

All that said, what I want to offer up today for Wednesday Healthy Eating is a couple of ideas that will still be a hit at the party, and no one will really be the wiser that you brought something a little better on the calorie and fat intake.  😀


Southwestern Bean Dip

Do you love lots of vegies, fresh chopped?  I do and this dip looks so good…. and it is!


  • 1 16-ounce can nonfat refried beans, preferably “spicy”
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed
  • 4 scallions, sliced
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 cup jalapeño slices, chopped
  • 1 cup low fat cheese shredded Monterey Jack, or Cheddar
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1 medium avocado, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sliced black olives, (optional)


  1. Combine refried beans, black beans, scallions, salsa, cumin, chili powder and jalapeños in a medium bowl. Transfer to a shallow 2-quart microwave-safe dish; sprinkle with cheese.
  2. Microwave on High until the cheese is melted and the beans are hot, 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Spread sour cream evenly over the hot bean mixture, then scatter with lettuce, tomato, avocado and olives (if using).

Serve with bakes chipsabout 120 calories per 1/2 cup dip (depending on your choices of cheese and sour cream)



Of course you can’t go wrong by bring the fresh-cut vegies and dip or fresh fruit like musk melon and cantaloupe (yum to both!)  You can also make a pretty hearty meatless chili that is delicious and filling and good for you! 


I would love to hear your ideas!  Add your healthy plans for the super bowl…. maybe it’s not so much the food, but a run or a work out prior to the game…. maybe its eat before you go, or have fun in moderation!  😀


2 Responses to “Snacks For The “Big Game””

  1. mpartyka February 1, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

    Even better than baked chips, serve with carrots and celery! I do this all the time so I can alternate chips/veggies.

    We don’t have Super Bowl plans and our team is in the bowl – Go Giants! I need to get past Friday’s party first. HA

    • Sheila (Book Journey) February 1, 2012 at 11:45 pm #

      Great idea with the vegies!!!! I have had two invites for the super bowl but think I will stick with the usual…. 😀

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