Slimmed Down Super Bowl

Root for your team without ripping your pants with these FITapproved Super Bowl recipes!  Everyone wants snacks to start the game off right, but you don’t have to go the traditional heavy 7 layer dip and chicken wing route.  Here are two delicious dip ideas that could just as easily go with fresh veggies as chips.

Avocado Hummus- featured on Joy the Baker

  • 12097529035_3af89bfcd6_c1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained
  • 2 ripe avocados, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons tahini
  • 1 clove garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • green bell pepper, sliced for serving
  • cucumber, sliced for serving
  • pita chips, for serving

Note from Joy: for an extra smooth hummus spread, take the time to remove the skins from the chickpeas. If you have neither the time or patience for that, no problem… throw the drained chickpeas in as-is.

In the bowl of a food processor, combine chickpeas, avocado chunks, olive oil, lemon juice, tahini, and garlic. Add a good pinch of salt and pepper. Blend until combined and smooth. Stop the food processor and taste. Add more salt and pepper and lemon if necessary. Blend for another 5 minutes until light and smooth. Serve topped with a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper. Serve with fresh vegetables and pita chips.

As pictured above, Joy served the dip in adorable individual cups. What a great way to keep those winter germs from spreading! Thanks Joy!

White Bean Dip- featured on the Rachael Ray Show


  • 2 16-ounce cans white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 springs of rosemary and 2 cloves of minced garlic, steeped in 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 1 cup of Kalamata olives
  • 1 cup diced tomato
  • 1/2 cup chives
  • Grilled flatbreads, for dipping

Purée beans with half the rosemary oil and lemon juice. In the meantime, quarter olives and mix with tomato and chives. Put the bean purée in a bowl, make a little hole in the center of the dip and add olive mixture to the center. Garnish with a few drops of rosemary oil and a lemon wedge. Serve with grilled flatbreads or more veggies!

Now on to the main event: DINNER! Chili is a Super Bowl favorite, but many recipes rely on red meat, or sour cream and cheeses to add flavor. Here is a delicious and light recipe that will be perfect for your winter festivities.

You can make a fun activity to go with the chili too!


Buy some white cups or mugs. You can find them in superstores, thrift stores, dollar stores, and online. Pass them out to each of your guests as they arrive to decorate using Sharpie markers. Pick a sharpie. For long-lasting results, choose oil-based paint sharpie markers. Regular sharpie ink can come off even after baking. Start drawing. Dry it out. Let the mugs dry (the more time the better). Bake it. Bake the mug in the oven for 30 minutes at 350°F. (Please note: Some sharpie mug DIY-ers may advise you to spray the mug with acrylic sealing spray to make sure the sharpie etchings doesn’t rub off. The spray can be toxic though so if you decide to go that route, be sure to avoid spraying near the top and on the inside of the mug. You can cover those areas with masking tape to protect them before you spray. Since you only need the mugs to last through the game, I would recommend avoiding this step all together.)

During half time, fill everyone’s customized mug up with this tasty chili recipe:

Turkey and White Bean Chili- featured on Martha Stewart

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 to 2 serrano chiles, seeded and minced
  • 4 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano (preferably Mexican)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Coarse salt
  • 1 pound ground white-meat turkey or chicken
  • 5 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 can (15.5 ounces) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) white hominy, rinsed and drained
  • 3 tablespoons cornmeal
  • Optional Toppings:
  • 2% Greek Yogurt
  • Radishes
  • Scallions
  • Manchego Cheese
  • Jalapeno’s
  • Variety of hot sauces
  • Variety of Chips, Corn Bread, Flat Bread, or Pita

In a large Dutch oven or other heavy pot, heat oil over medium-high. Add onion; cook until softened, 8 minutes. Add garlic, chiles, rosemary, cumin, oregano, and cayenne and cook until fragrant, 2 minutes; season with salt. Add turkey and cook, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon, until cooked through, 5 minutes. Add broth, beans, and hominy; bring to a boil over high. Partially cover, reduce heat, and simmer until chili is thickened slightly, 25 minutes. Stir in cornmeal and cook 15 minutes. Season to taste with salt.

You can set up a toppings bar so everyone can enjoy their chili the way they like!

Now go enjoy a guilt-free super bowl!




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