5 Healthy Junk Food Makeovers for your next Redskins Football Party

09.09.2013 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness Recipes

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By Kimberly Young; Found of Healthy Little Cooks 

Swap out Blueberry Cheesecake for Blueberry Bites.
If you’re tired of spending an extra hour at the gym just to work off the calories you inhaled at your last football party, then move over big-girl jeans, this makeover’s for you!  To make Blueberry bites, break up honey graham crackers into quarters, spread with whipped cream cheese and top with blueberries.  Yummy couldn’t be any simpler!

Substitute plain Greek yogurt for sour cream or butter.
Sour cream adds a rich creamy flavor that’s often missed if left out of a recipe.  To stay on the healthy eating train, instead of going without, substitute it for a better option - Greek yogurt.  Overall, Greek yogurt contains twice the amount of protein and half the amount of fat and calories than sour cream.  By adding it to recipes like spinach dip, cupcakes and tacos, you’ll be giving your muscles, heart and waistline a healthy kiss. 

Green-up your pasta, spaghetti sauce or baked goods.
In order to add a healthy-knockout to your favorite junk food, creativity is a must! Sneak in spinach, kale or collard greens to party favorites.   The most popular method of sneaking in greens, told to us by parents in our cooking demonstrations, is to chop the greens in a blender and mix them in tomato or pasta sauce.  Some other recipe ideas are Ironman Nachos and Sweet Potato Cornbread Muffins.

Serve 100% juice and club soda water instead of soda.
To make this food makeover party-worthy, first make sure your juice and club soda are ice cold.  Then pour equal mixtures of both into a punch bowl and finish it off by adding dices of chilled or frozen real fruit such as grapes, oranges, watermelon pieces and apples.  Make it a Redskins punch by using a combination of cherry juice and club soda.  Then top it with lemon slices.

Substitute mashed avocado for butter in your favorite cookie and cupcake recipes.
Yes, it sounds strange, but avocados are packed full of healthy unsaturated fats and have fewer fat overall than butter or oil.  To do this, first pick a ripe avocado and mash it well, then replace half the amount of butter or oil your recipe calls for with the avocado.  If you substitute more than half, then you’re more likely to taste the avocado.

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