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Score Big with These Healthier Fan-Food Faves

So, you’ve decided to host the big game and are about to have a house full of hungry fans ready to cheer on their favorite team, player…or commercial. As anticipation builds, guests are likely to graze on traditional goodies that may be high in calories and low in nutritional value – we’re looking at you, cocktail weenies and queso dip. So, plan ahead and keep everyone fueled from the coin toss to the game’s final seconds by serving a winning menu that tastes great and keeps healthier picks within reach.

 

Kick off the party with a soup-er bar. Let guests ladle their own bowl of deliciousness and go lean by skipping the red meat with turkey chili, black bean and turkey soup or vegetarian minestrone. Then, offer toppings to complement the recipes’ flavors. For example, chili pairs well with low-fat sour cream, shredded pepper-jack cheese, diced green onions, sliced jalapenos and cilantro. Or, try garlic croutons, grated parmesan cheese, fresh basil and parsley, a drizzle of olive oil or cracked pepper for your minestrone.

 

Bench the potato chips. An easy-to-make alternative is pita chips. Split pita bread rounds into two thin surfaces, brush with olive oil and dust with seasoning, such as garlic powder or salt. Trim into triangles and bake. For a sweeter version, this heart-healthy take offers simple steps, quick prep and recommends sprinkling them with cinnamon and sugar.

 

Intercept those tubs of cream-based dips and canned cheeses. A tasty carrot-infused hummus could sway some picky eaters. No hummus fans? One menu MVP is an XL-bowl of fresh guacamole chock full of fiber and unsaturated fats. Fresh herbs and lower-fat ingredients come together for the win with this dip, a versatile option for veggies, crackers, those pita chips or breadsticks.

 

Sweet surprise. As the action heats up, the platter of brownies may be some guests’ first line of stress defense. Calm their nerves and cravings by passing a platter of decadent Bittersweet Chocolate Fruit Dip alongside sliced bananas, cherries, mango spears, pineapple chunks, strawberries and mandarin orange wedges.

This year’s big game happens to take place in Minneapolis, Minnesota – UnitedHealthcare’s own backyard. We’re excited to welcome fans worldwide and share our beautiful city and Minnesota hospitality with visitors!