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footballOur much-beloved New England Patriots are contending for the Super Bowl this Sunday! And the big questions are…who will you watch the game with? What will the best commercial be?  And, let’s face it—what goodies are we going to eat?

Back in the days before I had kids, Super Bowl Sunday parties looked a little bit different than they do now.  Since going out to watch the game isn’t in the cards anymore, we like to set up a picnic blanket in the living room and do a little tailgating of our own in front of the TV.  Meals and TV don’t usually go together in our house, so the Super Bowl is a truly special occasion!  We try to make a game day spread that’s fun to eat, but still packed with winning nutrition.

Here are some tips:

Make a “super bowl” of snack mix with pretzels, dried cherries, sunflower seeds, whole grain dry cereal and plain or roasted nuts for some vitamin and protein-packed crunch.

  1. Mash avocado, chopped tomato, lime juice, cumin and pinch of salt for a homemade guacamole packed with heart healthy fats.
  2. Use whole wheat tortillas to make easy quesadillas. Combine any combination of shredded leftover chicken, chopped vegetables, rinsed canned beans and cheddar cheese and just heat and flip the quesadilla in a pan until both sides are browned and crispy.  Cut into small wedges with a pizza wheel.  Kid-friendly and so many possibilities!
  3. Cut up fresh fruit and put them on toothpicks or skewers for easy-to-eat fruit kabobs.  Dip the kabobs in vanilla yogurt for a creamy dessert treat.

What are some of your favorite Super Bowl Sunday foods? Let us know what you are planning to make!

Let’s Go Patriots!!!!

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DIrector, Massachusetts WIC Program

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