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Game On! Slimmed-Down Recipes for Super Bowl Sunday

Get the recipe for these Chicken Fajita Bowls below! (photo courtesy of Miki Duisterhof)

Written by Alena Hall, editorial intern

From fit men in spandex to flashy halftime shows and the best commercials of the year, we all sport different reasons for tuning in on Super Bowl Sunday (we obviously can’t wait for Bruno Mars and RHCP). But there’s one thing we can all agree on: game-day snack fest is a surefire way to destroy our diets. “Even a relatively modest consumption of Super Bowl fare—including pizza, potato chips, beef nachos and sodas—adds up to more than 2,000 calories and 81 grams of fat on game day,” says the Calorie Control Council, a non-profit organization that represents the low-calorie and sugar-free food industry. And those estimates don’t even include the meals before kickoff!

Now, we’re not saying you have to be the drag of the party and nibble on lettuce while everyone else chows down on burgers. We love everything in moderation. But to help you keep the best Super Bowl flavor without the excessive calories and fat, we nabbed a few slimmed-down recipes—that taste just like the originals—from , Haylie Pomroy, celebrity nutritionist and best-selling author of The Fast Metabolism Diet. With clients like Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Lopez and several NFL athletes in her rotation, we know these football-ready recipes will have us cheering for our fave teams – and keeping our waistlines in tact.

Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Nuggets

“This nugget makeover uses an unexpected ingredient — sprouted-grain pretzels — for crunch,” says Pomroy. “They’re great for dinner with the family, or as a healthy party snack.” They also use egg whites instead of whole eggs to get more protein without adding fat. Try dipping in mustard for an extra flavor boost.

Serves 5
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes

  • 3/4 cup arrowroot powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 cup finely crushed sprouted-grain pretzels (Unique 100% Sprouted Pretzels work well)
  • 1 teaspoon seasoning of your choice (such as smoked paprika, chipotle powder, garlic powder or Italian seasoning)
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/4 pounds), cut into bite-size pieces

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet (you may need two) with parchment paper.

Whisk together arrowroot, salt, and pepper in a bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk egg whites until foamy. Place crushed pretzels in a third bowl and stir in your seasoning selection.

Dip a piece of chicken in the arrowroot until it is evenly covered. Then dip it in the egg whites, and then in the crushed pretzels. Place coated chicken on prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining chicken.

Bake nuggets for 15 to 18 minutes, or until chicken is fully cooked and the outside is golden brown.

Chicken Chili Fajita Bowl

“Simple changes like swapping out brown rice for wild rice, which is actually a grass, can make all the difference in igniting your metabolism,” says Pomroy. “Wild rice contains twice as much protein, four times as much vitamin E, and six times as much folate is brown rice. It's also rich and phosphorus and zinc.”

Serves 4
Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite‑size pieces
  • 1 bell pepper, seeded and cut into long, thin strips
  • 1 medium white onion, sliced
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon mild chili powder, or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 2 cups cooked wild rice (optional)
  • 2 avocados, diced

Heat a heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat and when hot, heat the coconut oil and sauté the chicken, stirring often, for about 5 minutes, until lightly browned. Add bell pepper, onion, chili powder, salt, and coconut aminos. Stir well and cook for about 5 minutes more, until onion is soft and chicken is cooked through. Serve over wild rice, if using, and top with avocado.


Want more Super Bowl snack ideas? Check out Pomroy’s new Fast Metabolism Diet cookbook and app for a healthy dose of inspiration!

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