By Team Reboot
The Super Bowl is the second largest day of eating in the U.S., right behind Thanksgiving. It’s not just about the sport, but the half-time show, the commercials, and of course, the snacks. But you can makeover any traditional “football food” by taking a more Reboot-friendly approach.
First, focus on filling your plate with a rainbow of colors to give you an array of vitamins and nutrients. Another healthy tip for game day is to put out smaller plates, as larger dishes encourage you to eat more.
To help you plan your festivities, here are some recommendations.
This hearty bowl of vegetables in a tomato broth will keep you satisfied without beans, meat or even grains. If you are on a juicing and eating Reboot, you can enjoy this meal without any guilt. If you want to add corn-bread to this dish (not recommended during a Reboot plan, but a healthy choice in general), you can try this Gluten-Free Cornbread Recipe.
Many Super Bowl parties are filled with endless bowls of chips and dips. It’s time to reframe your idea of chips, as since most of them come in a bag and are fried with questionable oils and not very friendly for your waistline. You can cut up cucumber slices and serve them with salsa for a fresh take on chips and salsa. You can also make your own baked Beet and Sweet Potato Chips or bring on the greens with Honey Mustard Kale Chips or Brussel Sprout Chips.
Wings are a game-day staple snack, but you can still enjoy them with this plant-based wing recipe featuring cauliflower instead of chicken. Serve them with fresh cut celery just like regular wings!
Nachos or Queso Dip
These cheesy snacks are another must-have treat but here a trick for making dairy-free nachos or queso. Try making this sauce from Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese and pour it over your favorite chips or serve hot in a bowl for dipping. Other ideas for nachos are to skip the cheese and just pile on your favorite Mexican toppings like Easy Guacamole, Black Bean and Mango Salad, and fresh herbs like cilantro, green onion and parsley.
Healthify this snack by putting lots of veggies in a baked sweet potato, like this Stuffed Sweet Potato Recipe. Or try these Sweet Potato Sliders for an all-veggie treat.
You can skip the bread and cheese with Mushroom Pizza that is made on Portobello mushrooms with a cashew cheese topping. Or try making this ancient grain crust: Quinoa and Teff Sweet Potato Pizza.
Skip the beers that might make you feel bloated and tired the next day. Instead try a fizzy kombucha, a fermented tea drink rich in probiotics that can help you digest your food. Look for it in bottles at your local health food store or supermarket. Or make your favorite juice and add some sparkling water for a bubbly treat. Put it in a champagne glass or beer mug so that it feels more party-ready.
Last but not least, fries can be another fried potato snack or they can be a way for you to eat more colorful vegetables. Try these Crunchy Fennel Fries, Roasted Parsnip Fries, Spicy Green Bean Fries or Sweet Potato and Carrot Fries. Imagine a colorful platter with all of these fries served with one of your favorite dips.
What’s your favorite game-day snack? Have you found a way to make it more Reboot-friendly?