Fun with Food: Healthy Game-Day Snacks

healthy game-day snacks variety

Last Sunday, the NFC and AFC Championship football games were played.  I was excited because my two favorite teams, the Green Bay Packers and the New England Patriots, were both playing in separate games.  I wanted to create some fun, HEALTHY, football-themed snacks to serve my family.  The image above shows what I came up with, with a little bit of inspiration from Pinterest.

Watermelon Football Helmet

healthy game day snack

My favorite snack item was the Watermelon Football Helmet filled with fresh fruit.  I had a lot of fun making this.  I found a tutorial on You-Tube, and it was super easy to make.  I used a mini watermelon because that is all I could find at the stores since watermelons are not in season right now here in New England.  It turned out to be the perfect size for my family of 5.  If you are preparing this for a large gathering, you may want to use the larger size watermelon if you can find one.  I used a large platter that we use for Thanksgiving to display it, and I arranged fruit around the helmet to improve the appearance.  Since my two favorite teams were playing, I printed out a logo for each one, and I taped one to each side of the helmet.  You can customize it to your liking by printing out and attaching the logo of your favorite team.  The You-Tube Tutorial is below.  If you cannot see it, click here:

Healthier Buffalo Chicken Dip

Healthier Buffalo Chicken Dip

My Healthier Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe is made with all REAL-food ingredients.  I like to serve it with celery, carrots, and organic corn chips.  You can find the recipe on my blog here.

Football Cheese and Cracker Platter

football cheese and cracker platter

My daughters had a blast assembling the Football Cheese and Cracker Platter shown above.  While browsing Pinterest, I came upon this image which inspired the cheese and cracker platter.  I printed out the picture and gave it to my daughters along with a box of Town House Crackers, a block of yellow Sharp Cheddar Cheese, a block of White Sharp Cheddar Cheese, a knife, and some pepperonis.  They had so much fun making it, and they were so proud of their creation!  That’s really what this is all about…having fun and making memories! 🙂

What are YOUR favorite Healthy Game-Day snacks?  Share them in the comments below! 🙂

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Real Food Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Dip

Healthier Buffalo Chicken Dip

Are you looking for a healthier Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe?

I have finally created one that my entire family loves!  It is very quick and easy to make, it’s a great way to use up some leftover chicken, and it is full of flavor!  I have been making it a lot lately.  The recipes I had initially used (from the hot sauce bottle) called for Ranch or Bleu Cheese dressings.  I didn’t love all the processed ingredients in the dressings from the store (unhealthy oils, added sugars, and unpronounceable ingredients), so I set out to find a healthier replacement.  This is what I came up with, and my family and I are both happy with the result.  I usually serve it with celery sticks or organic corn chips.  Enjoy! 🙂

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. Package cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley
  • ½ teaspoon dried dill
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ cup Frank’s Original REDHOT sauce (make sure you get ORIGINAL – the others have added ingredients)
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded (buy the block and shred it yourself to avoid unnecessary added ingredients)
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, chopped or shredded

Serve with celery sticks or organic corn chips.

Instructions

  1. Place cream cheese into baking dish or glass pie plate.
  2. Stir in remaining ingredients until mixed well.
  3. Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes until hot.  Stir.