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Superbowl Recipe Ideas that are Heart Healthy?

80 million.  That’s the amount of pounds of avocados estimated to be eaten on Superbowl Sunday.  Enough to fill a football field, 11.8 feet deep. 

30 million.  That’s approximately the number of pounds of five popular snack foods (potato chips, tortilla chips, pretzels, popcorn, and nuts) Americans will eat on Superbowl Sunday.

2.5 million.  That’s how many nuts will be eaten on Super Bowl Sunday.

That’s the approximate amount of calories people will eat on Superbowl Sunday in snacks alone.  Not counting the meals (or drinks)!

20%.  That’s the increase in sales of antacids on Superbowl Sunday alone. 

Startling facts, huh?  Think we overdo the high fat, high calorie foods and alcohol a bit too much?

Is it possible to still be “heart healthy” and enjoy the Superbowl?


Here are a few ideas…

We talked about avocado earlier in the week – well with 80 million pounds eaten on Superbowl Sunday, it’s one food we do pretty well with.  Here’s a recipe for homemade guac – a favorite Superbowl snack at the Mohr House (even Ella loves mashed avocado)!  


We won’t revisit the nutrient benefits of avocados – check out our article on the health benefits of avocado here.

Instead, here’s a super simple guacamole recipe you can try for the game tonight:


2 fully ripened Avocados, halved, pitted and diced
1 tsp salt
1 TBS fresh lime juice
2 TBS, chopped cilantro
Dash cayenne pepper (optional if you want some added kick)


In a bowl, combine all ingredients.  Cover and chill until ready to serve (NOTE: the avocado might get slightly brown in the fridge.  No problem, just stir it up.
Prep time: 5 minutes.  Yields 1 ½ cups


Nuts can be fantastic for you, but at the same time they can be way too easy to overeat.  

That’s where in shell pistachios come into play – take off the shell, enjoy the pistachio, but then don’t discard the shells.  Leave them visible in a bowl – research published in the Journal of Consumer Research showed that when people saw the “residue” of foods they’d eaten, they ate 27% less overall! 

That’s an incredibly simple way to eat less fat and calories.  


It’s estimated that at least 58% of Americans order pizza on Game Day.

Save some money.  Save the hassle.  And save a ton of fat and calories by making your own – with a tortilla base rather than a thick, doughy, fiber free crust.

Try this super simple recipe – or watch our video on how to lose fat eating pizza!


Sprouted grain tortillas
Favorite tomato sauce
Mozzarella cheese
Favorite toppings (ideally choose veggies over meats)

Preheat your oven to 500 degrees
Top each tortilla with sauce, cheese, and your favorite topping
Place in oven for about 10 minutes, or until the cheese starts to brown.  Enjoy!

Moral of the story – enjoy the game, eat foods you love, and may YOUR team win!

Practical, yet still healthy.


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5 Responses to Superbowl Recipe Ideas that are Heart Healthy?

  1. Barb Hammerquist February 7, 2010 at 10:04 am #

    I was hoping you would post a recipe for superbowl!  Thank you.  I will be taking to the party, sprouted tortillas and other healthy ingredients, raw nuts and fresh berries! GO SAINTS!

  2. Julie Craig February 7, 2010 at 12:36 pm #

    Found this recipe today and thought I’d pass it on for anyone looking for a great snack idea:
    Bite Size Frittatas
    Made in a mini muffin tin, these cute little frittatas make a perfect portion-controlled buffet or party food. Because these little frittatas are low fat, you can even have two or three without feeling too guilty.
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time:15 minutes
    1/2 cup finely chopped onion
    1 1/2 cups baby spinach, chopped
    1 egg
    4 egg whites
    1/4 cup reduced fat cheese, grated
    Freshly-ground pepper

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray two mini muffin pans with nonstick cooking spray.
    In a medium skillet sprayed with cooking spray, gently saute acute; the onion. Add spinach and cook until wilted. Remove from heat. Whisk egg and egg whites in a medium bowl. Add cheese and season with black pepper. Spoon the egg mixture into each mini muffin cup, filling them half way.
    Bake for 15 minutes until set and puffed up.
    Makes 24 mini frittatas
    Per frittata: Calories 11, Calories from Fat 4, Total Fat 0.4g (sat 0.2), Cholesterol 10mg, Sodium 23mg,Carbohydrate 0.5g, Fiber 0.2g, Protein 1.3g

  3. Mark Smallwood February 7, 2010 at 2:23 pm #

    Liked the Pizza recipe… topped with veggies should be delicious

  4. Mark Smallwood February 7, 2010 at 2:41 pm #

    By the way…GO COLTS

  5. Divi Bajpe February 5, 2011 at 7:54 am #

    Me likes guacamole too! It is a very recent discovery for me. Before trying this dish, I would not go near avacados for any reason! Now it is a regular for me. I usually add some green chilies to heat it up. I use it in my burgers mostly or as a spread. I do believe it is the only way I will eat avacados coz I am not too keen on the general texture of the fruit, but mashed, it looks and feels great!

    I like my nuts (!!) and have recently developed a taste for prunes. I use nuts and berries in my personal recipe for breakfast cereal/snack.


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