The Super Bowl fiesta that didn’t ruin your diet

We’ve all been there. Trapped. In the kitchen. Surrounded by delicious calorie packed traps that go straight to your thighs. And sadly, it’s that time of year again.

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The football loving members of our families have been looking to this day for months and all you can think of is the new dress you bought for Valentine’s Day and how hard it’s going to be to squeeze into. Be strong, chica. You can face this thing (and all the calorie packed snacks that come with it) and succeed!

Here’s a few helpful hints to help you get through the display of team themed platters and football shaped delights.

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Just because you’ve been put in charge of an appetizer for 20 of your novio’s closest friends and their significant others doesn’t mean you have to fret or settle for something with 500 calories per serving. Check out these Super Bowl recipes for Latin flavors with skinny results.

Easy Creamy Salsa

This is a go to favorite in mi familia. We are all cream cheese obsessed and find a way to sneak those extra calories into everything. Here’s a lighter version with the same amount of taste.

1 Can of your favorite salsa (or homemade if you have some)

2 blocks of Nufchatel Cheese (1/3 less fat than regular cream cheese)

Start by cubing the cheese into 6 pieces per block. Place these cubes into a microwavable safe bowl and heat for 1 minute or until creamy. Stir the cheese so there are no cubes left and combine with the salsa. Serve with whole grain tortilla chips and divulge in a low calorie dip that you won’t make you feel guilty.

Ceviche

I love ceviche almost as much as I love shopping. It is the perfect blend of refreshing flavors like cilantro with bold favorites like avocado and shrimp. For the Super Bowl, this recipe is perfect replacement for the normal 7 layer bean dip. Check out this recipe from Cooking Light for ceviche de camaron.

The Latina veggie platter

A woman I work with gave me this recipe and I was instantly addicted. It is a simplistic replacement to the normal onion or ranch dip and pairs perfectly with any of your favorite vegetables.

2 cups of sour cream

1/2 chicken bouillon cube

2 red bell peppers

2 green bell peppers

1/2 bag of mini carrots

1 container of cherry tomatoes

Feel free to swap out any of the veggies for whatever you have on hand. After washing the vegetables, begin slicing and seeding the bell peppers and place in a sectioned party platter. Add the rest of the veggies as well. In a football festive bowl, combine the 2 cups of sour cream and the 1/2 chicken bouillon cube and stir until completely combined. That’s it!

It doesn’t matter which team will win or lose the game. You’ve got the recipes for a slim soiree which is better than any football match up. Enjoy!

-The Healthy Latina

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