For some, the Super Bowl means football. For us, it means snacks. Use our playbook to get you through tonight sans deep-fried chicken wings, giant sandwiches, BBQ potato chips, pizza, beer, we could go on…
Tip #1: Play drinking games!
Before you eat anything or drink anything boozy, chugalug 2 cups of water. Then, have another 2 cups of water per half. This will keep you full and hydrated. As for what type of water, flat, sparkling, with or without sliced citrus, we don’t discriminate. Agua is agua.
Tip #2: Pre-game
We recommend a pre-party nutcase filled with walnuts, almonds, pistachios, pecans, sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds. These nuts and seeds are full of “good” fat. Healthy pre-party snacking will keep the hanger and hors d’oeuvres at bay. And then, no congregating near the food table.
Tip #3: BYOS Bring your own snacks.
We’re all about the selfish hostess gift. Text your host and tell them you’ll bring a delicious dip (see below) and veggie platter. While we realize they’re not technically chips. Simple Mills almond flour crackers are MVPs at Foodtrainers (provided you stay under 20 per serving). For a true chip, Siete grain free tortilla chips are made with cassava and coconut flour, avocado oil and chia seeds (nacho flavor is a personal fave). Jilz gluten-free crackers are another great option, made with sunflower seed and tapioca flour, plus apple cider vinegar! And if you ever loved, or still enjoy, Pirate’s Booty, Vegan Rob’s probiotic cauliflower puffs are for you. A gluten-free, vegan “cheese” doodle made with actual healthy ingredients. Who knew?
Tip #4: Be team green
Nope, we’re definitely not talking about the Eagles. We mean team veggie. Your goal is to vegify in any way possible. Monopolize the crudité (you may have brought), gather the garnishes, wrap sandwich contents in lettuce, whatever it takes. If you want to be a Superbowl winner in our eyes, post a verified pic and tag @Foodtrainers.
And the winning Super Bowl dip recipe, as promised. We got this recipe from Juli at PURE KITCHEN – her cheesy (and I’d say smoky) red pepper cashew dip is vegan and gluten free. We love it.
- 1 1/2 cups raw cashews or 3/4 cup cashew butter
- 1 roasted or raw red bell pepper
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 Tbsp. nutritional yeast
- 1/4 – 1/2 tsp Himalayan sea salt
- 1/4 tsp liquid smoke
- 1 squirt of the healthiest hot sauce you can find (I used Mazi Piri Piri)
- Optional Foodtrainers add-in: 1/4 tsp ILA turmeric
- Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend.
- *If you don’t have a high-speed blender and you are using whole raw cashews, definitely soak them for an hour or so first.
- Serve with crudité and our MVP snacks listed above.
Yield: 10 oz. – party size! Enjoy.