Featured Healthy News Recipe Makeovers — 05 February 2016

Healthy tips and tricks for game-day celebrations!

Jodie Shield, RDN

As a registered dietitian nutritionist, I know it can be a struggle to celebrate on game day while trying not to overindulge. But Super Bowl party foods don’t have to penalize your waistline. Check out my snacking strategy and Seven Layer Fiesta Ranch Dip – guaranteed winners. Just added this recipe to my iTunes app Time To Eat Healthy, where you’ll find other amazing lean Super Bowl cuisine!

  • Know your game plan.  If you’re the home team (i.e. the party host), you get to call the plays.  Serve entrees that are lean and festive, such as Touchdown Turkey Chili. Or prepare a grilled pizza loaded with shaved mozzarella cheese, sliced tomatoes, and lots of fresh basil.
  • Offer a starting line-up of healthier appetizers.  Whip some traditional game day favorites into shape. Instead of nachos, serve baked chips with salsa and homemade guacamole.  Pass on the salt and butter and sprinkle a dash of parmesan cheese over popcorn.  Forget the fried chicken wings and serve baked chicken tenders seasoned with Hidden Valley Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix.
  • Think fresh. Skip the super subs and set up a sandwich bar with lean deli meats such as turkey breast and ham, low-fat cheese slices and prepped veggies – like sliced tomato and shredded lettuce – and low-fat toppings.
  • Pass on super-big portions.  No matter what foods are served, remember you don’t have to eat the whole thing. Grab a small plate and load half of it up with fresh veggies or baked chips.
  • Get in on the action. During halftime, grab your guests and head outdoors for a quick game of touch football. You can always record the commercials so you don’t miss out.


7 Layer Fiesta Ranch Dip

10 Servings


Prep Time = 10 minutes

No cooking required!


1 (16 ounce) can refried beans

1/2 cup guacamole

1/2 (1-ounce) package Hidden Valley Fiesta Ranch Dips Mix

1 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

6 green onions, chopped

1 medium tomato, chopped

1/4 cup sliced black olives



  1. Spread each of the ingredients in the order listed over a 9-inch serving platter or pie dish.
  2. Chill for an hour and serve.


Nutrition Information (1/4 cup) serving: 133 calories, 8 grams protein, 11 grams carbohydrate, 7 grams fat, 3 grams saturated fat, 13 milligrams cholesterol, 3 grams fiber, 446 milligrams sodium

This post was originally sponsored by  www.hiddenvalley.com


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Jodie Shield, M.Ed., R.D., L.D.N. Jodie Shield has been a consultant and spokesperson in the field of nutrition for over two decades. A former national media spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association (1989-1995), she has worked extensively with the Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center and taught nutrition and medical dietetics at the University of Illinois. Currently she is a complemental faculty member of the College of Health Sciences in the Department of Clinical Nutrition at Rush University in Chicago.

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