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Healthy Tips to Kick Off Your World Cup Viewing Party

Nutrition, Sports | June, 16 2014

By: PCFSN Communications

The 2014 FIFA World Cup is underway, which means the planning for your US men’s soccer viewing party might be underway, as well.

If you want your viewing party to truly reach the caliber of the World Cup, try to maximize the nutrition of your finger foods without sacrificing taste. The tips and recipes below will help bring your viewing party to the next level and ensure that your guests stay healthy and happy throughout the big game.

Tip #1: Don’t order out!

  • Ordering out takes the preparation of the food out of your hands. Yes, making all of the finger-food for your viewing party will take time, but will allow you to better control the nutrition levels of your food.

Recipe #1: Spicy Ground Turkey Lettuce Wraps

What you will need:

  • 1 pound of lean ground turkey
  • 1 cup of diced tomatoes
  • ½ cup of diced jalapeno peppers
  • ½ cup of diced almonds
  • 3-4 avocados
  • 1 container of crushed cayenne pepper
  • 10-15 large lettuce leaves
  1. Using a large pan and medium heat, cook the ground turkey and diced jalapeno peppers on the stove (dicing the turkey into small chunks and sprinkling in some cayenne pepper every 1-2 minutes) until there is no pink evident on the meat.
  2. Remove turkey mixture from stove and pour into a large bowl.
  3. Add diced tomatoes and almonds, mix until all contents are evenly dispersed.
  4. Lay out lettuce leaves on a large plate for serving. Line the inside of each lettuce leaf with 2 thin slices of avocado. Add a scoop of turkey mixture into each leaf and serve.

Tip #2: Don’t forget the veggies!

  • Vegetables are a great snack for the viewing party. As a substitute for ranch dressing, though, try pairing your veggies with some hummus. Hummus typically has fewer grams of fat and adds a distinct taste to complement your selection of vegetables.

Recipe #2: Vegetable Spring Rolls

What you will need:

  • 20 round rice paper wrappers (also called spring roll skins)
  • 2 red bell peppers (sliced in 4-5 inch long, thin pieces)
  • 2 yellow bell peppers (sliced in 4-5 inch long, thin pieces)
  • 5 avocados (Sliced in thin pieces)
  • 3 carrots (sliced in 4-5 inch long, thin pieces)
  • 2 cucumbers (sliced in 4-5 inch long, thin pieces)
  • 1 bottle of Thai-style sweet chili sauce
  1. Dip one rice paper wrapper into a bowl of warm water until completely wet and then remove, allowing excess water to drip back into the bowl. Place onto a plate. Repeat step with a second rice paper wrapper, placing it on top of the first.
  2. Evenly disperse red pepper, yellow pepper, carrots, cucumbers and avocados into middle of rice paper sheet.
  3. Fold half of the rice paper wrapper over the vegetables. Then fold in the top and bottom sides of the wrapper. Roll up the other half tightly to complete the roll.
  4. Use a knife to cut the rolls down the center on a diagonal and place on the serving plate.
  5. Repeat steps 1-4 until all vegetables and rice paper wrappers are utilized. Serve rolls with a small bowl of the sweet chili sauce for dipping.

 Tip #3: Save some for the second half

  • Though you’ll surely want to impress your viewing party guests with the finger food you’ve prepared for the game, avoid putting all of your snacks out at the beginning. Saving some food for the second half will give your guests some time to digest so they don’t overeat, and will also keep them satisfied in the later parts of the game.

Recipe #3: Frozen Banana-nut Sandwiches

What you will need:

  • 6 bananas (cut into ½ inch slices)
  • 1 jar of creamy low-fat peanut butter
  • Cinnamon
  • 1 case of toothpicks
  1. Spread peanut butter on one side of a banana slice and sprinkle a small dash of cinnamon on top.
  2. Place another banana slice on top of the peanut butter-cinnamon filling.
  3. Place on tray, inserting a toothpick down the center of each sandwich.
  4. Once tray is full, place into freezer. Remove when ready to serve and enjoy!

Now you are ready to host a World Cup viewing party with healthy and tasty finger-foods. Enjoy your creations and Go USA!

For more tips on healthy eating, check out the Eat Healthy page on Fitness.gov.

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