Mini Football Snackies!
I’m actually thankful that today is Monday. New week = fresh start.
Which football games did you watch this weekend? Even the unsporty-est of the people can find something they enjoy about football season. You get to plan team-colored outfits, prepare fan-friendly appetizers, maybe some drinks or cocktails, tailgate parties, house parties, sports bar parties, trash-talking the opposing team. I don’t want to hear about Ray Rice anymore, let’s talk about the actual players and games! Or food. That’s cool too.
My weekend was spent working at our home-opener football game. (I’m a sports marketing intern for our athletics department). After working 2.5 hours at a volleyball tournament, I spent 7 hours on the football field. Our boys stepped out in brand new uniform designs and we kicked off brand new game-day traditions. I’m sad to report that I didn’t have any glamorous or “wow” jobs during the game. Typical intern grunt work. But the boys kept me entertained with touchdown after touchdown, killing the opposing team. Brought home a W and that’s all a fan can ask for, right?!
Okay moving on….It’s not really a secret that I like to make things pretty. Why have pretzels when you can turn them into adorable football pretzels? For some reason, I will use any excuse to make DIY crafts and recipes that have a theme. Just appease me.
Peanut-butter filled pretzels + chocolate = BOOM. 2 ingredient recipe. (Not to mention the best flavor combo EVER.)
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Melt your milk/dark chocolate, and dunk the tops of the pretzels into it.
- Set them, pretzel-side down onto the paper-lined baking sheet.
- Place the sheet into the freezer for ten minutes while you melt your white chocolate
- If you don’t have a piping tool that is thin enough to outline the laces onto the pretzels, you can just use a ziplock bag. Push a toothpick through the corner to create a tiny whole, and fill the bag with your melted white chocolate.
- Pipe the laces onto the pretzels and place them back into the freezer. Store in the freezer until you’re ready to place in a dish for your party, because if you leave them out they will be G-O-N-E. ;)
They were a hit! And yes, they do taste better than regular chocolate peanut butter pretzels because they are made with love. Football love.
That’s just the start of weekend football festivities, we have a long season to go. More snacks and recipes to come!
I leave you with his football-themed single by Chase Rice, who has replaced Hunter Hayes as my country crush btw ;)
Tailgate Party Pinwheels
I like the social aspect of football. Going to games with friends, tailgate parties, hanging out afterwards. Don’t ask me what a “down” or a “wide-receiver” is…. But I CAN tell you what to serve at your next football party! Of course my party would be a little more health-ified than most. Seems like the staples for football get-togethers are wings, nachos, and junk junk junk food. You are SPECTATORS. You’re not doing any work by watching someone else play their sport! There’s no need to EAT like a football player :P
You’ve probably seen these tortilla pinwheels before. Usually they are laden with hidden fats in the form of mayonnaise, cream cheese, or salami. My make-over recipe takes out the crap and turns them into a healthy and colorful appetizer for a group. The secret: hummus spread!
Start off with this hummus recipe. Allow it to refrigerate for a few hours before making the pinwheels though.
8 Whole wheat wraps
Homemade Hummus (see above)
1/2 purple onion, sliced
4 handfuls Baby Spinach
1 tomato, diced
24 slices 98% fat-free, thin-sliced turkey
- Spread hummus onto a wrap.
- Add onion, spinach, and tomatoes evenly. Top with turkey slices. Roll up and secure with 5 toothpicks:
- Slice in between each toothpick. (The ends will just be scraps.)
Voila! A healthy hummus-filled party platter (You don’t have to tell the guys they are less than 40 calories each). Who says football finger food has to be fried and covered in cheese?
Bring on the football boys game!
Pin this recipe here! :)