Perhaps second only to Thanksgiving, Americans likely will consume more food and drink this coming Sunday than any other day of the year. The big game is synonymous with lots of food, cold beverages and laughs (or depending on which team you’re pulling for, maybe some tears).
For those of us hosting watch parties this year, it’s a great opportunity to lead by example and show your family and friends how easy it is to cut unnecessary calories and waste.
Food and Snacks for the Big Game
Traditional gameday snacks can also be some of the worst for your waistline. The good news is that there are tons of lower-calorie versions of our favorite recipes available online. Just by making some simple substitutions, you can save yourself hours at the gym come Monday.
One of my favorite snack-makeovers involves lightening up chips and guacamole. Skip the greasy tortilla chips and bake some corn tortillas instead. Or, skip the chips altogether and use thinly sliced jicama to scoop your dip. Give this recipe a try!
- 3 medium hass avocados, halved
- 2 Roma tomatoes, seeded
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1/3 cup red onion, minced
- 1 small clove garlic, mashed
- 1 tbsp chopped cilantro
- Kosher salt and fresh pepper, to taste
Instructions: Place the pulp from the avocados in a medium bowl and slightly mash with a fork or a potato masher leaving some large chunks. Add lime juice, salt, pepper, cilantro, tomatoes, red onion, garlic and mix thoroughly.
Here is another recipe that isn’t necessarily low-calorie, but it’s great for leftovers, easy to make and does contain nutritious figs.
PROSCIUTTO-WRAPPED STUFFED FIGS
- 3 dozen figs (not pitted)
- 1/2 pound of goat cheese
- 3 packages of thinly sliced prosciutto
- Olive oil
Instructions: Using a knife, cut a slice in the figs to remove the pits. In place of the pits, stuff the figs with a half spoon of goat cheese each. Then cut a slice of prosciutto and wrap the stuffed fig with the prosciutto so it covers nearly the entire fig. (If you want, you can use picks to make sure the figs stay wrapped). Place all of the figs in a baking plan and drizzle with olive oil. Place in oven at 350 degrees for 15-20 mins, or until the prosciutto is crispy.
Beverages for the Big Game
If beer is a standard part of gameday at your house, and you’re hosting a large party, consider a keg to prevent waste and save money. A keg holds 140-160 beers and can be considerably cheaper than buying individually packed cans and bottles. If you do go for cans or bottles, make sure you’re throwing them in the recycling bin along with those plastic cups.
For wine lovers, use this Sunday as an opportunity to skip the bottled wine and give boxed wine a try. There are some remarkably good boxed wines available these days; not only are they better for the environment since they last weeks longer than their bottled cousins, but they’re often times more economical.