Game Day is quickly approaching – it’s a day filled with friends, excitement, funny commercials, and of course, food! Which means we’re all digging around trying to find the perfect appetizer or snack to bring with us for the big event.
If you’re on the hunt for trainer-approved recipes, look no further. Below are our top 5 healthier Game Day treats that will keep you happy and full through the end of fourth quarter.
Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
- 1 pound ground chicken or turkey
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1/4 cup hot sauce
- 1 egg
- 2 Tbsp. ranch seasoning
- Pinch of salt
- 2 Tbsp. dried parsley
- 2 tsp. dried dill
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. onion powder
- 1/2 tsp. black pepper
- 1/2 tsp. dried chives
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a large mixing bowl, add all ingredients and combine with your hands until well mixed.
3. Form mixture into 12 evenly sized meatballs and place on the prepared baking sheet.
4. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until cooked throughout.
5. Remove from the oven and top with additional hot sauce as preferred. Serve with a side of carrots and celery.
Makes 4 Servings | Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 15 min
Nutritional Info | Calories: 185 | Protein: 26 | Fat: 8 | Carbs: 3
Loaded Sweet Potato Nachos
- 1 lbs. chicken breasts
- 1 cup salsa
- 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
- 1 Tbsp. onion powder
- 1 tsp. salt and pepper
- ½ cup red onion, diced
- 1 medium sweet potato
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 tsp. paprika
- 1 ½ cup cheddar cheese
- ½ cup black beans
- ½ cup corn
- 1 poblano pepper, diced
- 1 avocado
- 1 bunch green onions, diced
1. Place chicken breast in a slow cooker along with salsa, garlic powder, onion powder and salt and pepper. Cook on high for 3-4 hours, or on low for 6-8 hours.
2. Once chicken is cooked, remove from slow cooker and use two forks to shred.
3. Preheat oven to 375°.
4 Using a mandolin slicer (or by hand, with increased attention) slice sweet potatoes into thin slices. The thinner, the crispier they will come out.
5. Toss sweet potato slices in a bowl with olive oil and paprika.
6. Line a baking sheet (or two) with aluminum foil and set a baking rack on top, if you have one. Layer sweet potato slices onto the rack, making sure not to overlap them.
7. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until crispy.
8. Increase oven temperature to 400°.
9. If you used two baking sheets, condense all sweet potato slices onto one sheet. Top with chicken, black beans, corn, pepper, red onion, and green onions. Sprinkle everything evenly with cheese.
10. Bake for 5-6 minutes, until cheese is melted. Top with diced avocado and enjoy!
Makes 4 Servings | Prep time: 4 hours | Cook time: 6 minutes
Nutritional Info | Cals: 475 | P: 36 | C: 25 | F: 26
Five Minute Guacamole
- 2 avocados
- 1 Tablespoon lime juice
- 2 Tablespoons chopped cilantro
- ¼ cup salsa (no sugar added)
- Salt & pepper to taste
1. Scoop avocado into large bowl (discard peel and seed), and mash with fork.
2. Stir in remaining ingredients.
3. Chill for 30 minutes to blend flavors (optional)
Makes 2 Servings | Prep time: 5 minutes | Cook time: 0 minutes
Nutritional Info | Calories: 257 | Protein: 3 | Fat: 21 | Carbs: 16
Dry Rub Chicken Wings
- 2 lb. chicken wings
- 1 ½ Tbsp. Old Bay seasoning
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
1. Place all ingredients in a large, 1 gallon plastic bag and add seasoning and olive oil. Shake until chicken is thoroughly coated. Let sit for at least 1 hour, but the longer the better.
2. Preheat oven to 400 F. Place a wire rack on a large baking sheet and spread chicken wings out on a single layer. You may need 2 baking sheets and wire racks.
3. Bake wings for 30 minutes, then flip and continue to bake for another 25-30, until skin is crispy.
Makes 8 Servings | Prep time: 60 minutes | Cook time: 60 minutes
Nutritional Info | Calories: 265 | Protein: 21 | Fat: 20 | Carbs: 0
Buffalo Chicken Dip
- 2 lb. chicken
- ½ cup buffalo sauce
- 1 ½ cups plain Greek yogurt
1. Place all ingredients in crock-pot and cook on medium for 3-4 hours.
2. With two forks, shred chicken and mix well. Serve with assorted veggies.
Makes 8 Servings | Prep time: 5 minutes | Cook time: 4 hours
Nutritional Info | Calories: 160 | Protein: 25 | Fat: 6 | Carbs: 4
Recipes by Kat Larrea, Pn1 – Life Time 60day Program Manager
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