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Score Big with this Skinny Game Day Menu

Tailgating is a sport of its own, with more than 70 million Americans hosting or attending tailgate parties to root on the home team.

But here’s the Game Day dilemma: How can you enjoy yourself and serve up great-tasting food without racking up the calorie and nutritional penalties? Julie Upton, MS, RD, CSSD from Appetite for Health[1] is here to help with a winning strategy.

The four food groups of football—beer, wings, pizza and chips and dip can really pile on calories. In fact, a tailgate party can set you back some 1,500 calories—and that’s all before kickoff. By the fourth quarter, it’s not uncommon to eat and drink several days’ worth of calories. Some simple substitutions in your Game Day menu can make you the “MVP” of the party. Here’s what to serve and what to sideline, and several winning recipes to try.

Blitz on Chips and Game Day Dip: Opt for baked chips instead of fried to slash calories and fat and make your dips with nonfat plain Greek yogurt in place of sour cream. Using a cup of nonfat Greek yogurt in place of regular sour cream shaves off 315 calories and 45 grams of fat from your dip recipes.

A Few Skinny Dip Ideas:

Skinny Artichoke Dip[2]
Creamy Cold Parmesan Spinach Dip[3]
Hot Spinach Dip[4]
Skinny Taco Dip[5] 
Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip[6]
Skinny Buffalo Chicken Dip[7]
Southwestern Black Bean Salsa[8]

Wings pack in about 75 calories—not counting the dip! Bench Wings and Put Burgers on Your Playbook: For a main course to serve and ones to sack, go with burgers made from ground sirloin or 95% lean ground beef; or make a turkey or salmon burger.

Try these leaner tasty options…

Buffalo Turkey Burgers with Blue Cheese Broccoli Slaw
Chicken Parmigiana Burgers
Turkey Burgers with Zucchini
Spicy Black Bean Burgers with Chipotle Mayo[9][10][11][12]

If you’re serving pizza, make sure it’s veggie-rich and ask for half the cheese and meat toppings. Or eliminate the bread altogether and serve these Zucchini Pizza Bites[13].

Score with Extra Light Beer: As an official food group of football, beer is required if it’s a real football party. There are 150 calories in a bottle of regular and 95-100 in most light beers. But if you try a new extra light choices, like MGD 64, Budweiser Select 54 or Beck’s Premier Light you’ll not only have a skinnier sip, you’ll help damper the appetite-stimulating impact of alcohol.

Guest Post from Julie Upton, MS, RD, CSSD from Appetite for Health[14] 

References

  1. ^ Appetite for Health (www.appforhealth.com)
  2. ^ Skinny Artichoke Dip (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  3. ^ Creamy Cold Parmesan Spinach Dip (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  4. ^ Hot Spinach Dip (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  5. ^ Skinny Taco Dip (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  6. ^ Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  7. ^ Skinny Buffalo Chicken Dip (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  8. ^ Southwestern Black Bean Salsa (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  9. ^ Buffalo Turkey Burgers with Blue Cheese Broccoli Slaw (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  10. ^ Chicken Parmigiana Burgers (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  11. ^ Turkey Burgers with Zucchini (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  12. ^ Spicy Black Bean Burgers with Chipotle Mayo (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  13. ^ Zucchini Pizza Bites (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  14. ^ Appetite for Health (www.appforhealth.com)

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Crab-Stuffed Corn Muffins – Just One Frosting Away From Being Cupcakes

I was originally going to call these “crab and corn
cupcakes,” but since I’ve still not perfected my bacon frosting recipe, I
decided to hold off and go with the slightly less exciting sounding
“crab-stuffed corn muffins.” And no, I’m not kidding about the bacon frosting.


Besides, since these were inspired by the food wish for new,
easy and interesting football party snacks, I think “muffins” sounds a little
more gridiron than cupcakes. Regardless, they were simple to make, and (as I
tested personally) quite delicious eaten while watching a football game,
possibly with beer(s).

As some of you longtime viewers may have noticed, this is a
variation on something we posted many years ago called “Kernel Porker’s Barbecued Pork-Stuffed Corn Muffins,” and I always
wondered how it would be with crabmeat. When I got the usual autumn avalanche
of football-themed food wishes, I figured the time was right to find out, and I
was very happy with the results!

As I mention in the video, they reminded me of a New England
crab or lobster roll, where they simply pile warm, buttery seafood on those
toasted rolls. This was heavier, but just as pleasurable. Anyway, unlike the
replacement referees that are now calling the games, these didn’t suck, and
certainly won’t be a season-long embarrassment to the league. I hope you give
them a try soon. Enjoy!



Ingredients for 12 Crab-stuffed Corn Muffins
For the crab filling:
8 oz crabmeat
1 1/2 tbsp mayo
1 tsp crushed red chili sauce
1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp fresh grated lemon zest
2 oz grated pepper Jack cheese (about 1/2 cup)
salt to taste
For the corn muffins:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup corn meal
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp minced green onions
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup melted butter
Bake at 375 degrees F. for 25-30 minutes. Serve warm.

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