Super Bowl Snacks with Light and Hearty Versions

It’s almost Super Bowl Sunday!! Are you ready for some football???

I am! I love the big game, and I take great pleasure in the whole shebang: the athletes, the plays, commercials, the party, the food.

Food is complicated these days! People tend to fall in two camps: those who are watching what they eat, and those who aren’t. Many people are dieting or trying to lose weight, but let’s be real: people come to a Super Bowl party to eat!

Shrimp prepped to grill

Here are some great party snacks that can be easily modified into a lighter version that’s just as delicious. Psstt…. this is great not only for the Super Bowl, but for any party where you anticipate needing both lighter and heartier options.

The Menu

Grilled Shrimp Kebabs

Loaded Nachos

Guacamole & Veggies

 

Grilled Shrimp Kebabs

  • 4 pounds shrimp, precooked gulf coast shrimp are my favorite
  • 1 ounce olive oil
  • Cajun seasoning
  • a few sprigs of cilantro, chopped
 Before you begin assembling ingredients, soak the wooden kebab skewers. 

Before you begin assembling ingredients, soak the wooden kebab skewers. 

  I prefer wooden skewers because they won’t burn you like the metal ones when you pick them up. Because you will. Ouch!

I prefer wooden skewers because they won’t burn you like the metal ones when you pick them up. Because you will. Ouch!

Peel the shrimp, leaving the tails on. 

Start the grill. 

Pat the shrimp dry and put in mixing bowl. Add 1 ounce of olive oil, Cajun seasoning, one minced garlic clove, and chopped cilantro to the shrimp. Mix ingredients until all shrimp are covered.

Shrimp kebabs

Skewer the shrimp in a horseshoe pattern. Place on the grill for about 2 minutes per side. 

Squeeze lemon juice onto the shrimp before eating. 

For a lighter option, enjoy them right off the grill. For a heartier option, dip in melted butter. 

 

Loaded Nachos

 Yes, those are Texas shaped chips.

Yes, those are Texas shaped chips.

  • Chips
  • Shredded chicken breasts
  • 1 can refried beans
  • 1 can black beans
  • sour cream
  • shredded cheese
  • salsa

Nachos are not going to be the most diet friendly food no matter what, but a la carte style nachos can be acceptable. Add on shredded chicken and beans for protein, and cheese and sour cream for extra flavor. For the lighter option, choose black beans and go easy or skip the cheese and sour cream. 

 The nacho dressings.

The nacho dressings.

You can either boil the chicken or prepare it in the crockpot. If you boil it, add a few bay leaves for flavor, and let it boil 30-40 minutes, depending on the size of the chicken breasts. It should be done all the way through and not pink. 

Please note that these aren’t healthy/unhealthy options, just lower calorie. Refried beans have about 60 calories per serving fewer black beans, but neither is inherently unhealthy.

 

Guacamole

guacamole
  • 3 avocados
  • 2 Roma tomatoes
  • 2-3 teaspoons of cilantro, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 lemon
  • Tony Chachere’s Cajun seasoning
  • sea salt
  • baby carrots
  • 2-3 pretty bell peppers
  • broccoli and cauliflower cut into bite size pieces

Add sliced avocados, chopped cilantro, garlic clove, salt and Tony’s in a bowl. Squeeze a lemon on top of the contents of bowl. Keep tomatoes separate for now. 

I use a knife to chop the avocados finely, then finish by smooshing them further with a whisk. I prefer this over a potato masher because it leaves avocado chunks rather than a puree feel.

When you are satisfied with the consistency of the guacamole, add the tomatoes in.

Find a great bowl to display all the pretty vegetables and chips in. Bonus points if its themed.

sliced vegetables

Enjoy!

If you try these, let me know how they turn out for you! Let me know if you have other great recipes that can be modified for healthy options too. 

Shopping list for approximately 10 people:

  • 5 chicken breasts
  • 4 pounds shrimp, I love the pre cooked gulf coast shrimp
  • optional chicken broth
  • 1 can refried beans
  • 1 can black beans
  • 2 bags chips
  • 16 oz sour cream
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 or 3 pretty bell peppers
  • 1 package baby carrots
  • 2 roma tomatoes
  • 3 avocados
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime
  • small bunch cilantro
  • wooden kebab skewers
  • sea salt
  • shredded cheese
  • Tony Chachere’s Cajun seasoning
  • 1 ounce olive oil
  • salsa
fresh vegetables