Super Bowl parties are super-fun, but the food served at them can be super-fattening! Instead of potato chips and pizza bites, consider serving these five easy-on-the waistline treats.

1. Tomato Basil Bruschetta

Prep time: 15 minutes

Bake time: 10 minutes

Total time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 plum tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 10 minced basil leaves
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 whole wheat baguette
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Directions

First blanch and peel the tomatoes. To do this, bring two quarts of water to a boil and, once the water is boiling, remove the pot from the heat. Make shallow cuts at the tip ends of the tomatoes, and place them in the hot water for one minute. Remove the tomatoes from the water, and allow them to cool down. Then peel off the tomato skins, cutting out the stem base. Cut the tomatoes in quarters, squeezing out most of the juice. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Finely chop the tomatoes and place them in a bowl, mixing in the garlic, one tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, and the balsamic vinegar. Then stir in the basil and season with salt and pepper. Slice the baguette and toast the slices using the rack of your oven. Before toasting the slices, brush one side with olive oil. Once toasted, arrange the slices with the olive oil face up. Gently spoon the bruschetta mixture on each slice right before serving.

2. Low-Fat Spinach Dip

Prep time: 15 minutes

Bake time: 30 minutes

Total time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces thawed frozen spinach
  • 1/2 cup low-fat sour cream
  • 6 tablespoons low-fat mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup aged Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallion
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1 cup shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees, and then combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Once mixed together, place the mixture in a large oven-safe bowl. Bake for 30 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Serve with multigrain pita chips or any other high-fiber, low-fat crackers or chips.

3. Homemade Bagel Bites

Prep time: 20 minutes

Bake time: 12 minutes

Total time: 32 minutes

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Ingredients

  • 6 whole mini bagels cut in half
  • 1 cup tomato pasta sauce
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup chopped vegetables of your choice
  • Dash of Italian seasoning

Directions

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Then cover a large baking pan with foil, using cooking spray to grease. Place the bagel halves on the baking sheet and cover each one with pasta sauce. Then cover each with cheese and sprinkle the chopped vegetables along with the seasoning on top. Bake for 12 minutes.

4. Avocado Yogurt Dip

Prep time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and pitted
  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup cilantro leaves
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • Hot sauce to taste

Directions

Add the avocado, yogurt, cilantro, onion, lime juice, and salt and pepper in a food processor, and blend until smooth. Season with hot sauce, and serve the dip with fresh carrots and snap peas. You can make this recipe up to two days in advance.

5. Honey Dijon Wings

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 17 minutes

Total time: 37 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds drumsticks
  • 4 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Directions

Rinse the chicken and cut off any visible fat. Then lace the chicken in a large pot and fill it with cold water until the chicken is covered by at least two inches. Boil the chicken for 10 minutes. In a large resealable clear plastic bag, add the other ingredients and shake to mix. Remove chicken from water once done, and add the chicken to the bag. Shake until the wings are fully marinated. Then place the chicken on a baking sheet and broil for seven minutes on each side until the skin is crisp. Serve with low-fat ranch dressing and a vegetable platter.

Bowl 'em over with flavor

No matter which team takes the championship, you’ll always look like a winner if you stick with these sensible Super Bowl party snacks.

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