Friday, January 11, 2008

17 Recipe Ideas for Your Playoff Party

Courtesy of pedro2004

Now that NFL playoffs have begun, there will be tons of pizzas and all kinds of fat drenched snack foods consumed, why not throw a healthy playoff (or even a Superbowl) party? Here are 17 recipe ideas that you can make your party a healthy one.

Since more and more people are concerned about the foods that they’re eating, you might be surprised to find that your quests appreciate the opportunity to eat healthier food. We had a New Year’s party and had all the guests bring things made from healthier recipes and it seemed that it went over pretty well with everyone, many people wanted recipes for things that they didn’t make! If you have some friends that might object to a healthy foods-only party, you could make sure that there are at least a couple of non-healthy versions of things that they like, or if you ask in advance, you might find that everyone is alright with healthy foods. Besides, then they might not feel so guilty about drinking that beer (weather it be a light one or not). In addition many people are on special diets that are hard to follow when they only have the normal party fare food items available.

You could serve a vegetable or fruit platter with a variety of healthier dips mentioned below. Many of the traditional party snacks and meals can be made with fat-free/reduced and diet friendlier ingredients. Without further adieu…

  1. From Real here comes 9 healthy snacks ideas including one where plain nonfat yogurt, crumbled Feta cheese, cloves minced garlic, chopped toasted walnuts, freshly ground black pepper, and hot sauce are paired with cherry tomatoes, a whole-wheat pita, or baby carrots. These were designed to tide people over till dinner and includes

  1. Mozzarella-Stuffed Pesto Turkey Meatballs
  2. Black-Jack Chicken Quesadillas
  3. Pita Pizza
  4. Yummy Shrimp and Crab Dip
  5. Crispy potato skins
  6. Southwestern potato skins
  7. Vegetable salsa
  8. Better-for-You Buffalo Wings Recipe
  9. Cheese Fondue Recipe
  10. Deluxe Microwave Nachos Recipe
  11. Football in a Blanket Bites Recipe
  12. Game-Day Spicy Popcorn Recipe
  13. Thin & Crispy BBQ Chicken Pizza Snack Wedges Recipe
  14. Crispbread with Tzatkiki Recipe
  15. Fruit Sticks with Yogurt Recipe
  16. Hot Spiced Apple Juice Recipe

Although each recipe idea is linked so that you should be able to go right to it, a listing of which recipes came from which site follows. 1 comes from 2-5 come from Healthy Better 6-8 come from the Mayo Clinic. 9-14 come from Medicine, note there are several slasa and dip recipes here that you might want to check out. 15-17 come from

Don’t forget to use creativity in addition to the healthier party foods and make use of the playoff/Superbowl theme. Certainly you can use some of these ideas for other parties (maybe for March Madness?). I wish you healthy and fun party and with any luck your team(s) won’t disappoint you.

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