You’ve labored over your brackets. It’s now time to get ready to watch the numerous college basketball games and cross your fingers that you’ve picked the winning team. But unlike the Super Bowl, March Madness is not a one-night food fest. It goes on for weeks beginning March 12 through April 3. And, if you’re not careful how you indulge during this time, you can end up with an expanded waistline or the dreaded freshman 15.
According to Womanista Wellness, you don’t have to give up your healthy food options to have fun. Below is a list they ‘ve compiled of delectable and satisfying treats that are bound to be favorites among your family and friends.
Greek Quesadilla: We know that quesadillas are considered to be dangerous territory by those of us who are watching our waistline, but this skinny recipe is an irresistible addition to your family’s dinner table during the Madness! It’s quick to make, full of nutritious and tasty ingredients, and filling enough to keep you on track! For the recipe, click here.
Turkey Meatball Sliders: Sliders are an absolute must at any sports party! However, your average slider can pack on the pounds with all that excess fat and oil. Our recipe eliminates all those greasy, high-calorie ingredients for a game day snack that is packed with protein and mouthwatering marinara sauce! Click here to be taken to the recipe.
Cauliflower Pizza Bites: If you’re leaning towards ordering in a pizza for game night, then it might be time to check out some skinnier options. With tons of protein and cheesy, crunchy flavor, who knew cauliflower could taste so good? Here’s the recipe.
Skinny Hawaiian Chicken Cups: These are an excellent way to get big flavor in a small bite! This cute wonton chicken cup appetizer won’t ruin your meal and will be a hit at your next backyard BBQ. At 133 calories per serving, that adds up to only 66 calories for one prepared cup! Click here for the recipe!
Skinny SimpleQueso: Cheese lovers, rejoice! This Simple Skinny Queso recipe is the answer to your weight loss prayers! They combine cornstarch, almond milk, tomatoes, cheese and all kinds of yummy ingredients for a warm, delicious and HEALTHY queso. In fact, a quarter-cup of this goodness clocks in at only 53 calories and 3 grams of fat! Click here for the recipe.
Skinny Buffalo Chicken Wings: These Skinny Buffalo Chicken Wings will totally transform your view of tailgate food! All the butter of the Buffalo sauce is eliminated, even keeping these to 192 calories per serving — that’s six pieces of chicken! Check out the recipe here.
Cheeseburger Meatball Skewers: This fun appetizer is sure to be a crowd-pleaser at your March Madness party. Your family and friends won’t even miss the bun because they’ll be too busy devouring these low-calorie mini burgers. In fact, three of these bad boys have only 144 calories! Here’s the recipe.
Skinny Buffalo Chicken Bites: These bites taste just like Buffalo chicken dip, but this recipe is chip-free! The bread crumbs create the crunch that the chips would add otherwise. Check them out here!
Greek Yogurt Onion Dip: Can’t get enough of the health benefits and flavor of Greek yogurt? This dish is an awesome, mouthwatering substitute for its heavier adversary: the French onion dip. Serve it up with lots of veggies, pretzels or pita chips for a delicious addition to your party. (via Food Network)
Skinny Taco Dip: No party would be complete without a taco dip! This recipe is stuffed full of nutritious ingredients like olives, reduced-fat cream cheese and zesty taco heat for a dish that will vanish in next to no time. Click here for the recipe from Skinnytaste.
Now that you have a healthy game plan, good luck on your brackets!