I was recently asked to attempt the Ziploc® Fresh 180 “Declare a Team Snack Victory” challenge, which inspired me to come up with cleaner alternatives for game day snack foods everyone would love. For every empty calorie choice there is a nutrient-rich alternative that will satisfy your cravings. Give these alternative bites a try and declare a victory for team clean and lean.
Clean Potato Chips
Whole grain or sprouted grain pita chips with chia, flax seed or kale brushed with olive oil and dusted with paprika, baked until crunchy.
Sparkling or ionized water with fresh cucumber slices and a squeeze of lime or a light purée of fresh fruit.
Clean French Fries
French green beans, carrot sticks or zucchini spears steamed, then lightly brushed with sesame oil and sesame seeds and baked in the oven until crisp. You can also use garbanzo beans for a crunchy, protein-powered pop (see recipe below).
Clean Dip Ditch the fatty cheese dips and opt for a nutrient-rich baba ganoush, made with eggplant, sesame tahini and seasonings for a blend of good fats and veggies (see recipe below). Serve with raw or steamed veggies for dipping.
Clean Chocolate Chip Cookies
Satisfy your chocolate craving with a nutritious trail mix blend of dark chocolate chips (be sure to opt for 70 percent cocoa or more, no sugar added), raw unsalted almonds, raw unsalted walnuts, raisins, dried cranberries and/or unsalted sunflower seeds. Store these in a Ziploc® brand storage container or sandwich bag for smart snacking on the go.
Clean Ice Cream
Blend a scoop of protein powder with your favorite Greek yogurt, a spoonful of honey or stevia and a spoonful or two of fresh fruit. Freeze in Ziploc® brand storage containers. Once frozen, grab a spoon and enjoy.
For game day, create your own playing field made with edible goodies, with the dip in the end zone and gluten-free breadsticks to mark the 10-yard lines. You can also set up stations for the kids to make their own roll-ups with cheese, turkey, shredded lettuce and avocado wrapped in veggie tortillas.
Whatever game day you’re celebrating, you’ll be fueled and ready to root your team on when you’ve got smarter snacks on the sidelines.
4 cups garbanzo beans, canned, rinsed
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground Chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1. Pre-heat the oven to 400°F and arrange a rack in the middle.
2. Place the chickpeas in a large bowl and toss with the remaining ingredients until evenly coated.
3. Spread the chickpeas in an even layer onto a rimmed baking sheet and bake until crisp, about 30 to 40 minutes.
Baba Ganoush Dip
1 large eggplant
1/4 cup tahini, plus more as needed
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, plus more as needed
1 pinch ground cumin
1 pinch sea salt
1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1. Preheat an oven to 375°F.
2. Prick the eggplant with a fork in several places and place on a baking sheet and bake until very soft, 20 to 30 minutes.
3. Remove from the oven, let cool slightly, and peel off and discard the skin.
4. Place the eggplant flesh in a bowl. Using a fork, mash the eggplant to a paste.
5. Add the tahini, the garlic, the lemon juice and the cumin and mix well.
6. Season with salt, then taste and add more tahini and/or lemon juice, if needed.
7. Transfer the mixture to a serving bowl and spread with the back of a spoon to form a shallow well.
8. Sprinkle with the parsley over the top.
9. Serve at room temperature.
Ziploc® brand freezer and sandwich bags, and storage containers help you keep game day snacks organized and easy to put away, so no mess and no fuss.
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