Super Bowl Sunday—a time typically filled with buffalo wings, beer, and pretty much every fried food you can fathom—is upon us.
That doesn’t mean balance has to go completely out the window, though. If you want to enjoy your favorite savory flavors and snacks without feeling like an absolute sloth post-game day, rest assured: It is possible. These three better-for-you Super Bowl snacks—created by Kim Capella, the recipe guru behind @pbeechie—will rock your Sunday night festivities while keeping your health (and waistline) in mind.
1. Nacho Cheese Zucchini Fries
If you’re a lover of all things fried, these baked zucchini fries will satisfy your cravings for breaded finger food—without leaving you thousands of calories in the hole. Their cheesy, nacho breading balances perfectly with the mild sweetness of the zucchini. Dip ’em in your favorite healthy ranch or flavored mayo to enjoy the full experience.
*Makes 40 fries (four servings)
- 5 small zucchinis (about 1.5 lbs)
- 3 Tbsp plnt brand Organic Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil, melted
- 3 bags, Quest Nacho Cheese Tortilla-Style Protein Chips
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Wash and dry the zucchinis. Cut off the ends and cut each zucchini in half, length-wise. Continue to halve each until you have eight long pieces per zucchini.
Add the Quest chips to a food processor or blender and pulse until the chips become a fine powder. Then, combine the chip powder and melted coconut oil in a sealable gallon-sized bag. Add the zucchini fries, seal the bag, and shake until the fries are well-coated in breading.
Spread the zucchini fries out in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, flip the fries, and bake for another 10 to 15 minutes, until lightly browned and crisp.
Let cool and enjoy!
Nutrition for one serving (10 fries): Calories: 231 • Fat: 15g • Carbohydrate: 9g • Fiber: 3g • Protein: 15g
2. Buffalo Spinach Dip
Buffalo chicken dip is a game day fan favorite—and this meat- and dairy-free version is equally flavorful, and extra nutritious. In addition to protein and fiber, the beans and spinach add a variety of vitamins and minerals. To further pump up the protein, serve with Quest Ranch Tortilla-Style Protein Chips, which pack 18 grams of protein per bag.
*Makes two cups (eight servings)
In a food processor, combine the white beans, lemon juice, buffalo sauce, pepper, salt, and two tablespoons of melted coconut oil. Blend until smooth, scraping down the sides between blending, if needed.
In a large pan, heat the remaining coconut oil to medium heat. Add the spinach and cook, stirring often, until the spinach is fully wilted. Then, add the spinach to the food processor and pulse once or twice to roughly chop and mix the dip.
Serve with Quest Ranch Tortilla-Style Protein Chips. Enjoy!
Nutrition for one serving (¼ cup): Calories: 94 • Fat: 5g • Carbohydrate: 9g • Fiber: 4g • Protein: 4g
3. BBQ Snack Mix
This one’s for you, savory lovers. This recipe combines all sorts of crunchy textures with tangy, spicy barbecue flavor and good ol’ salt for a snack mix that’ll disappear in minutes. And with more fiber and protein than the pre-bagged stuff, you won’t feel guilty about reaching for that third (or fourth) handful.
*Makes eight cups (eight survings)
- 1 cup Chex cereal
- 5 cups mini pretzels
- 1 bag Protes Tangy Southern BBQ Protein Chips
- 2 cups popcorn
- 1 bag Enlightened Mesquite BBQ Crunchy Broad Beans
Combine all ingredients in a large serving bowl and lightly toss to mix.
Serve and enjoy!
Nutrition for one cup: Calories: 110 • Fat: 2g • Carbohydrate: 17g • Fiber: 3g • Protein: 6g