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The Essentials of a Healthy Game Day Spread

“Da – Da – Da – Da .  .  . Doo – Doo – Doo – Doo .  .  . Shu-Gah-Duh-Shuh-Gah-Duh .  .  . Duhnuhnuhnuh .  .  . “

^ That was my attempt at the NFL theme song.  Needs work.  The point is: The Super Bowl is sickeningly close,  AND the Patriots are playing,  AND if they win,  that will be 6 Super Bowl rings (I mean wins) for Tom Brady,  the greatest quarterback of all time (Shut it haters!),  AND I’m basically fan-girling super hard over here,  AND .  .  .


The REAL reason I’m posting today (for all 6 of you that read this blog) is that at any Super Bowl viewing,  you gotta have snaaaaaaaacks!  I’m a nervous eater,  so let me tell you,  during that AFC championship game when the Patriots were down by 10 points in the 4th quarter,  you better believe I ate all the salt and vinegar chips .  .  . and the everything pretzel thins .  .  . and a large amount of the hummus .  .  . okay alllll the hummus.

To postpone that food hangover you’re gonna have by the end of the 3rd quarter,  when the Patriots are up 35-0 (ahem!),  I have constructed a yummy,  filling, guilt-free,  easy-to-replicate spread for you and your guests on game day.  Or just you  –  however you wanna deal with the fact the Patriots are gonna crush the Eagles.

The one-minute time-lapse video I’ve posted not only demonstrates the ease of throwing healthy snacks together,  but is also an undeniable tribute to “the messy cheese board.”  That’s a thing,  right?

ALSO  –  the best freaking part of the whole thing  –  everything on the board is from Trader Joe’s.  You definitely don’t have to go to Trader Joe’s for these ingredients,  you can go to pretty much any grocery store,  but I have one within walking distance of my apartment soooo .  .  .

Healthy Game-Day Snacks

ANOTHER THING  –  make this spread your baby. You don’t like raw broccoli?  Don’t use broccoli.  Have sun-dried tomatoes?  Throw ’em on there!  This is totally customizable, but just remember to include at least one of each of the essential elements.

ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS: (with examples)

  1. Something Crunchy
    • Raw Veggies:
      • Carrots
      • Cucumbers
      • Broccoli
      • Bell Pepper (red, yellow, orange)
      • Cauliflower
  2. Something Creamy
    • Dips
      • Hummus
      • Ranch (dairy-free, low-fat, etc)
    • Anything spreadable
      • Cream Cheese
      • Goat Cheese
  3. Something Sweet
    • Bite-sized Fruits
      • grapes are pretty much the best
    • Honey
  4. Something Salty
    • Roasted and Salted Nuts
      • Almonds
      • Pumpkin Seeds
      • Cashews
    • Mini Salted Pretzels
    • Uncured Salami
    • Prosciutto
  5. Something Briny
    • Olives
      • Pitted
    • Pickles
      • Cocktail
      • Caperberries
  6. Something Chewy
    • Dried Fruits
      • Apricots
      • Figs
      • Raisins
  7. Something Cheesy
    • Aged, Hard Cheeses
      • Machego
      • Parmigiano Reggiano
  8. Something Nutty
    • Walnuts
    • Pecans
  9. Something Herby
    • Dried Oregano
    • Fresh Herbs
      • Basil
      • Mint
      • Sage
    • Green onion
  10. The Vehicle
    • Crackers
    • Crostini

Healthy Game-Day Snacks

My Board:

  1. Veggies
    • Persian Cucumbers
    • Carrots  –  got a bag of large multi-colored ones
    • Bell Peppers  –  baby sweet peppers
    • Broccoli
    • Tomatoes
  2. Fruit
    • Strawberries
    • Apples
    • Grapes
    • Blueberries
    • Blackberries
    • Dried Figs
  3. Pickled/Briny Things
    • Olives
      • Green  –  stuffed with pimentos
      • Kalamata
    • Caperberries – capers on steroids
  4. Cheese
    • Manchego  –  I use hard, aged cheeses since they contain less lactose.
  5. Nuts
    • Raw Walnuts
    • Salted Pumpkin Seeds
  6. Deli
    • Uncured Salami
  7. Crackers
    • Gluten-Free Seeded crackers
    • Sweet Potato crackers
  8. Hummus
    • Classic Garbonzo
    • Tomato and Basil
  9. Herbs
    • Basil
    • Dried Oregano
  10. Add ons
    • Almond Butter  –  creamy, no salt
    • Honey
Make it your own.  Cater to your guests.  Cater to yourself, your diet, and your desires.

Healthy Game-Day Snacks

Have fun!  –  Make it a mess!  –  There is beauty in chaos!

Healthy Game-Day Snacks

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