5 Heart-Healthy Snacks for Super Bowl Sunday

Filed Under: Heart Health, Food and Nutrition
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Chips with fresh tomato salsa makes a great heart-healthy Super Bowl snack!As some of you know, I’m a New Yorker at heart. I grew up on Long Island. Now, having raised my family in New England I’ve become a die-hard Patriots fan. I have season tickets and try not to miss a single game. So you can imagine how thrilled I am that the Patriots will once again be facing off against the Giants in the Super Bowl.

However, there’s a fly in this ointment! I always root for the Pats, except when they play my home town—New York! When the chips are down, roots count. In fact, last weekend when my beloved NY teams were in combat with one another, I watched the games with my Bronx born-and-raised buddy Fred and had to back the G-Men over the Jets.
So, shhhh! Don’t tell my stepson Greg (who named his son Brady), or my Boston-born son-in-law Todd—both diehard Pats fans—but I’ll be rooting for my own home team, the Giants, come Super Bowl Sunday!

But hey, regardless of which team you’re rooting for this Sunday—or whether you’re one who just watches the game for the incredible commercials and half-time show—I thought I would give you some heart-healthy snacks to enjoy during the game.

Here are my top 5 snack picks for game time:

1. Harvest trail mix not only contains nuts rich in heart-healthy omega-3s, it will give you the energy you need to jump up and down, rooting for the Giants—um, I mean the team you’re rooting for. Here’s the recipe.

2. Whole wheat sodium-free chips—or better yet, organic gluten-free corn chips— with fresh tomato salsa or       avocado salsa fresca.

3. Fresh vegetable tray—including antioxidant rich pepper strips, carrots, cucumbers, tomato slices, and more—with lemon poppy seed dip.

4. Taco dip, made with my low-sodium homemade Mexican seasoning mix. Prepare using low-fat ground turkey, and top with heart-healthy black beans, low-fat cheese, salsa, and diced tomatoes. Use whole wheat sodium-free chips, or gluten-free corn chips, for dipping.

5. Mediterranean style chili is not only heart-healthy it’s a crowd pleaser that’s sure to warm everyone up on game day. Here's the recipe.

Now it’s your turn: Which team are you rooting for, and what’s your favorite Super Bowl snack?

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