Well, it’s that time of year again…the day when my husband likes to abandon all attempts at healthy eating to fully embrace all that is the Super Bowl!
I am one of those people who is not that interested in football. While I enjoy an excuse to gather with family and friends, indulging in the traditional game day foods is just not worth it to me. The tummy upset, fatigue, and pain that follow are what keeps me in check.
But I also want my husband to be able to enjoy Super Bowl and feel like he is making the most of this tradition. I want to embrace this day, knowing that it is important to him. And in just a few years there is a good chance our boys will want in on the fun as well, which I need to be prepared for. So this year, since we will be watching the game at home, I am going to cook a smorgasbord of typical tailgate food, but with a healthier twist.
Now don’t get me wrong, this is not a superfood powered healing meal, not even close. But it is still relatively healthy, and as long as one doesn’t eat their own weight in food then everyone should leave feeling healthy and happy (game results excluded of course).
Here is what is on the menu:
Vegan Nachos – Ours are going to be vegan, though they could just as easily be made with meat. For us it is about avoiding dairy, as it doesn’t sit well with either of us. But FEAR NOT!!! These babies will be based on my favorite queso recipe, by the oh-so-talented Dana of Minimalist Baker. And don’t forget this rockin’ cashew based sour cream, to give them a “normal” nacho flair. Aside from the non-cheese cheese, these babies will have all the normal trappings of a typical nacho tray.
Chicken Wings – OK, so this is the hard one. Hubby wants the fried, butter dipped Buffalo wings he loves. Me, not so much. So we are compromising. He gets his, but made at home. I get mine, made like so. I’ll be doing the smokey version, but leaving out the dipping sauce. Thank you Diane for saving the day!
Chili – Just a basic chili. Some onion and garlic, beans, tomatoes, and a bunch of seasoning. I also sneak in some finely chopped spinach as well. Nummy. Healthy. Can’t go wrong. It might make an appearance on the nachos as well.
Some miscellaneous add-ins like guacamole, hummus with veggies, and fruit for desert will round out the game day festivities.
And so with minimal effort the day becomes one of health and enjoyment, rather that one that inevitably leads to feeling icky. No tummy upset, no day after guilt, and no beating myself up for eating poorly and regretting it. Instead we can all focus on the fun and camaraderie, just being fully in the moment.
It really doesn’t have to be hard. Unless your team is losing, and that I can’t help with.