Jayde Nicole: Healthy Game Day Party Snacks

By Jayde Nicole

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It's game day and Jayde has you covered with six great snacks that will keep the pounds from adding up.


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This Week: Healthy Game Day Party Snacks

Don’t let this weekend’s festivities derail your diet. You've been doing so well! The Super Bowl is no excuse to stuff your face with fried chicken wings and fatty nachos! These great party snacks will help you entertain your guests while saving them (and yourself) from packing on the pounds!

  1. Zucchini Fries

Ingredients:

2 zucchinis

1 egg white

1/4 cup of non fat milk

1/2 cup of seasoned whole wheat breadcrumbs

1/4 cup of shredded light Parmesan cheese

Zero calorie organic vegetable cooking spray

Prep!

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Cut the zucchinis into two and a half inch long fry like sticks. Toss your egg white into a small bowl and whisk in the skim milk. In a separate bowl, mix your Parmesan cheese and whole wheat breadcrumbs. Then, dunk your zucchini sticks into the egg/milk mixture and roll in the breadcrumbs. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray and place zucchini pieces so they are not touching each other. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and crispy!

  1. Artichoke Dip

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil

1 (16-ounce) can of butter beans, drained

4 ounces of fat-free cream cheese

3/4 cup of light mayonnaise

1/4 teaspoon of dry mustard

1 teaspoon of Tabasco

1/4 teaspoon of black pepper

1 (14-ounce) can of artichoke hearts, drained

5 cups of fresh spinach

1/4 cup of light Parmesan cheese

3/4 cup of shredded low fat mozzarella cheese

1/2 cup of sliced green onions

1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice

Prep!

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Combine first seven ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. Then add the remaining ingredients and process until the mixture is consistent (about 12 seconds). Transfer your tasty concoction to an oven safe dish and pop it in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove and let cool for 10 minutes. Serve with some low calorie pita.

  1. Fruit Kebabs

Ingredients:

Strawberries

Kiwi

Banana

Blackberry

Fat free vanilla Greek yogurt

Prep!

This one is easy and looks great on display at your party. Just peel, wash and chop up your fruit. Skewer them in the order they are listed and place them on a serving dish with a side of chilled nonfat yogurt for dipping.

  1. Hummus Trio

Ingredients:

Garlic hummus

Pepper roasted hummus

Original hummus

Carrot sticks

Cucumber sticks

Sliced bell peppers

Prep!

No time to cook? This is a healthy but yummy treat to serve your guests. Spread your different flavored dips into three bowls and surround with your carrot sticks, chopped cucumber and slices of bell peppers. Dip and enjoy!

  1. Homemade Trail Mix

Ingredients:

Unsalted almonds

Life cereal

Pistachios (out of shell)

Unsalted sunflower seeds

Raisins

Dried cranberries

Zero calorie organic vegetable spray

Seasoning salt

Paprika

Prep!

Set your oven to broil. Spread out the first four ingredients on my list, lightly spray with the vegetable spray then season to taste. Pop your baking sheet in the oven for about ten minutes. Once removed from oven allow to cool for another ten minutes, then mix in a bowl with your raisins and dried cranberries.

  1. Whole-Wheat Pizza

Ingredients:

Pre-made whole grain thin pizza crust

Light pizza sauce

1 medium sized tomato

1 cup of shredded low fat mozzarella cheese

2 cups of arugula

1 teaspoon of crushed red pepper

Prep!

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees and position the rack as low as possible. Place non frozen pizza crust on your oven safe pizza pan and coat with pizza sauce (to your desired coverage). Sprinkle your cheese and crushed red pepper evenly. Cook for about eight minutes, add your tomato and cook for another two to three minutes. Remove from the oven and top with your fresh arugula.

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