Healthier Super Bowl Party Appetizers  

(As Seen on Charlotte Today) 

 Healthy Super Bowl Appetizers NBC Charlotte Today 1/30/2013

My husband and even my girls LOVE football, so there is no doubt that we will be glued to the TV this coming up Sunday! Instead of the typical chips and cheesy dip, deep-fried wings coated in a sugar laden sauce, or pizza I wanted to create some appetizers that were tasty and healthy. I also didn’t want to forget about the kids! My girls were even eating my Kid Kabobs as I was trying to prep for this blog, so I know they will be eating them on game day! Despite whether or not your favorite team wins, just know that at least you’ll be WINNING when it comes to nutrition and your health on Sunday if you stick to healthy snacks instead of the usual heavy food that drags you down!


Kani Salad Appetizer


4 cucumbers
4 kani sticks (imitation crab meat)
1/2 cup white vinegar
2 tbsp Maple Syrup
1 pinch of Himalayan salt
1 tsp soy sauce (or we like Braggs Aminos)


Core the seeds from the cucumbers. Leave the peel on them. Grate the cucumbers in long strips. Put the strips of cucumber on a cutting board and sprinkle salt on top of them. Leave for 30 minutes or until cucumber is soft, it basically dehydrates. Carefully wash off the cucumber stripes and place in bowl.

While the cucumber is dehydrating, mix in a small pan the vinegar, maple syrup, a pinch of salt and soy sauce, let it boil, take off the heat and let it cool.

Mix shredded kani sticks and the dressing to the bowl.

Cut 2-3 ripe avocados in half and brush with a touch of vinegar, so they won’t brown (oxidize) and use the avocado halves as “bowls” for your Kani Salad!


Healthy Chicken Wings


Hormone Free, Anti-biotic Free Chicken Wings

Hot Sauce (We use Cholula chili garlic flavor)


Organic Raw Salted Butter


In a sauce pan on medium low heat, add the hot sauce, honey, and butter until butter is mixed and all is well combined. Bake at 350 for 45 to 60 min or grill on medium heat for approximately 15 minutes stirring occasionally. Toss the sauce on the wings after they are cooked.

Simple Hummus, as a dip for Blue Chips or Veggies


1 Can Organic Chickpeas, drained & rinsed (or 1 1/2 Cup cooked Chickpeas)
1 Tbs. Lime
1/2 Tsp. Cumin
1/2 Tsp. Dried Oregano
1 Garlic Clove
Sea Salt & Pepper (to taste)
2 -3 Tbsp. Olive Oil


Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth. If you like a thinner dip, add a little water. Serve in a pita with tons of veggies or as a dip with vegetables. Enjoy!


Kid Kabobs

Sandwich on a Stick (turkey, cheese, cucumber, tomato and romaine lettuce)

Fruit on a Stick (pineapple, watermelon, and strawberry with plain yogurt dip)

Veggies on a Stick (various bell peppers, cucumbers and cheese)

Instructions: Cut turkey, cheese, cucumber, tomato and lettuce into small squares and assemble onto small sticks. Cut fruit and veggies into round or square shapes and assemble. Place yogurt in dip container.

Kid Fit Tip: Plain, organic yogurt is best. Add sweetness with different fruits. This meal is packed with fruits and veggies to provide important vitamins and with cheese and yogurt to add necessary fats and proteins to fuel our kids throughout the day.


Super Bowl Bites (Mix of Brooke’s Power Balls and Easy Energy Bites)

Power Balls

Preparation Time: 5-10 minutes Yield: 1-9 x 13 inch dish cut into squares or Roll into balls

1 cup Shaklee Instant Protein Soy Mix
*(Sometimes I use 1/2 cup of the Instant and 1/2 cup of the Shaklee Cinch)
1 ¼ cup oats
½ cup of flax meal
1 cup Raw Honey**
1 tsp Pure Vanilla
1 cup Peanut Butter or Almond Butter***

Add-Ins (Add some or a small portion of all):
1 cup slivered almonds
3 Tbsp. cocoa powder
1 cup Organic Chocolate
1 cup of Coconut
1 cup Gluten Free Brown Rice Crispies

Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside.  In sauce pan, bring honey to a boil then immediately remove from heat and add Peanut or Almond Butter and Vanilla. Stir until combined.  Pour Almond/Peanut Butter mixture into bowl of dry ingredients and stir till combined. You may need to use your hands.  Press down into ungreased 9 x 13 in. glass dish. Cool in the refrigerator.  Cut into squares.  You also can roll the mix into balls if you prefer and then cool them.

Easy Energy Bites

1 cup gluten-free oats

½ cup ground flaxseed

½ cup sunbutter

½ cup dark chocolate chips

1/3 cup honey

1 tsp vanilla

In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients and mix well. Roll into 1 inch balls and place on a wax paper lined cookie sheet. Place in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours.




1 Comment »

  1. Linda Grayson says:

    Healthy Wings Receipe
    I know it will depend on # of wings, but what would be an example of ingred for 12 wings? How much honey vs butter?

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