Super Bowl Buffet – The Healthy Way

by Gavan on January 30, 2009

Baked pita chips with hummus & guacamole, Lavash pizza and Apple Jicama slaw

Party Buffet

I know what you’re saying…Is it possible to eat healthy on Super Bowl Sunday? Did you know that:

  • Nearly one in eight or 13% of Americans order takeout/delivery food from a restaurant for a Super Bowl gathering.
  • Most popular choices of takeout/delivery items on Super Bowl Sunday are pizza at 58 percent, chicken wings at 50 percent and subs or sandwiches at 20 percent.
  • Approximately one in 20 (4 percent) Americans watch the big game at a restaurant or a bar, over 9 million Americans.
  • On Super Bowl Sunday, Americans will eat an estimated 20 million pounds of potato and tortilla chips and eight million pounds of avocados.
  • Sales for antacid increase by 20% on Super Bowl weekend.

After all these stats and being the Healthy guy that I am, I just had to throw out ideas that wouldn’t bust your gut. After all, the beer consumption alone will do that!
So here’s some healthy Super Bowl ideas perfect for a hungry (wo)man’s buffet:

BAKED PITA CHIPS WITH HUMMUS & GUACAMOLE: (Try making pita chips from scratch!)
Recipe: Serves 6. Adjust accordingly.

1 packet whole wheat pita bread
olive oil
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cumin
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Begin by cutting each pita bread in half and then into 12’s. Toss in a large mixing bowl with 1 tbsp olive oil and 1 tsp cumin. Place on oven tray in single layer and bake for 10 minutes approx. or until crispy but not burned. Remove from oven and set aside. (Yes, it’s that easy!)

Hummus (Smashed Chickpeas)
1 15 oz can (Eden Organic) chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
2-3 tbsp olive oil, divided
1 lemon – zested & juiced
1/8 tsp chili powder
2-3 tbsp cold water, divided
S&P to taste

Hummus is traditionally made with tahini but in my version I omit it as I prefer the simple taste of the chick peas and lemon. Tahini also has a high fat, high calorie content so in order to cut calories I do without it.

NOTE: You’ll notice I’ve made specific mention of using Eden Organic canned beans in this recipe. Eden Foods is the only brand that lines their beans with bisphenol A Free cans, which means you are not consuming BPA’s (a good thing!). Eden Foods is also involved in the Non-GMO Project, which is yet another excellent reason to buy this brand.

Drain the chickpeas and put in food processor. As they’re pureeing gradually add cold water & olive oil, alternating 1 tbsp at a time to blend. You want a smooth but not a runny consistency. Remove to a mixing bowl. Add 1/2 of the lemon juice, all the lemon zest, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper and chili powder. Taste and add more lemon juice if preferred. I like my hummus zesty so tweak it to your taste.

A couple of other ideas for you are:

LAVASH PIZZA.
This is a great healthy alternative to your regular thick crust pizza we all know. I’ve used both white and wheat lavash (fancy word for flatbread) so check your local grocery or specialty store. In the version above I made a roasted red pepper and tomato sauce and used part-skim mozzarella & fresh basil. If you want this recipe leave a comment here or on my site.
I’ve also made this with fresh basil pesto and blistered cherry tomatoes, click here for recipe. Both versions are damn tasty and perfect for adult or even kid gatherings.

APPLE JICAMA SLAW. What exactly is Jicama? This is a light refreshing slaw that’s the complete opposite of a regular coleslaw that’s mayo based. The sweetness of the apple and the crunchiness of the jicama work brilliantly together and you can snack on this all day if you wanted.

So to answer my own question, yes it is so no excuses here people. I’ve got more football food up my sleeve right here!
One step ahead of me? Let me know what healthy Super Bowl dish you’re planning.

All recipes are made with the finest quality farmers market whole foods, natural and non-processed ingredients as much as possible.

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