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January 28, 2015

4 Better-For-You Super Bowl Party Foods

The Hood Answer Mom, Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D.

 Slimmer Super Bowl Snacks_BlogSuper Bowl Sunday is a great time to gather with family and friends to feast on football and fun food. Super Bowl Sunday is also a day of national overindulgence: It’s second only to Thanksgiving for the average amount of calories Americans gobble up in a single day.

The good news is that you don’t have to eat like a linebacker to enjoy yourself.  Get your game on with this starting line up of delicious recipes that tackle calories without sacrificing great taste.  




Slimmer Guacamole

Avocados may be fatty, but there won’t be any penalties against this crowd-pleasing appetizer. Most of the fat in avocados is good for your heart, and avocados also pack vitamins, minerals, and beneficial plant compounds. Our version of guacamole incorporates Hood Lowfat cottage cheese to decrease calories, and pump up the protein. 

Stuffed Mushrooms

These stuffed mushrooms, packed with a mouth-watering mixture of Hood Sour Cream, vegetables, herbs, and bacon, are the ultimate finger food. Mushrooms are a wise choice during the winter, as they are the only item in the produce aisle with vitamin D, a nutrient you may fall short on when it’s cold outside. Stuff mushroom caps ahead and bake on game day.

Chicken and Vegetable Chowder

A suitable substitute for the traditional chili served on Super Bowl Sunday, this chowder is a game-changer. Hood Milk, beans, and chicken provide protein to fill you up and vegetables add fiber, vitamins, and minerals.  Use rotisserie chicken or leftover cooked chicken to speed preparation, and make an extra batch for lunch or dinner during the week.  

Chocolate Raspberry Mini Tarts

Hood Cottage Cheese for dessert? Yes, and nobody has to know! These four-ingredient, bite-size tarts only look like they took hours to make, but they are truly a no-fuss dessert that will score points with your family and friends.  


Elizabeth M. Ward

Elizabeth M. Ward

Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D., is a writer, nutrition consultant, and mother of three. She is the author of several books, including MyPlate for Moms, How to Feed Yourself & Your Family Better and Expect the Best, Your Guide to Healthy Eating Before, During, & After Pregnancy . Ward is also a contributing writer for Muscle & Fitness Hers and Men's Fitness magazines.

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