If you’re a basketball fan, you likely have big plans this Saturday for the Final Four. Your bracket was busted weeks ago (if not, you should buy a lottery ticket stat!) and your favorite college team broke your heart. Still, the games this weekend between Oklahoma-Villanova and UNC-Syracuse should keep us on the edges of our seats. While it’s easy to order in calorie-heavy buffalo wings with all kinds of sauces and load up on other greasy apps, we have some healthy snack swaps for you to make instead! If you’re hosting your own pregame festivities or heading to a friend’s house for the madness, check out our Final Four recipes – perfect for all levels of basketball enthusiasts in your life.
Fro-Yo Covered Blueberries: Got a sweet tooth? These are for you! Stick blueberries on a skewer and dip them one by one into your favorite Greek yogurt. Once the blueberry is covered in yogurt, gently put it on a cookie sheet. Keep dipping blueberries until you run out of yogurt. Put the cookie sheet in your freezer and wait 15 minutes, then you’re all set!
Baked Zucchini Chips: Forget the bag of salt-coated potato chips! This is a much lighter option and you can season them to your liking. Start by preheating your oven to 225 degrees. Slice up one zucchini into thin pieces – think the thickness of a quarter. Put the slices on a baking sheet and coat lightly with cooking spray and whatever seasonings you prefer. Bake for 45 minutes, then rotate and bake for 40 minutes. Check to make sure the chips are crisped to your liking! Wait an hour to cool and enjoy.
Seven-Layer Dip: A classic pregame snack with healthy swaps like Greek yogurt for sour cream and black beans for refried beans. Start with shredded lettuce on the bottom of your serving dish. From there, add layers of mashed avocados, Greek yogurt, black beans, diced tomatoes and black olives. Top off with cheddar cheese, and you’re good to go!
Spicy Cauliflower Bites: Want an app with more kick? Here you go! Preheat your oven to 450 degrees and pull apart a head of cauliflower into smaller pieces. Put the pieces in a mixing bowl and add one tablespoon of olive oil and garlic salt. Mix together and move the pieces to a baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, then flip the pieces and bake for another 10. Remove the pieces from the oven and transfer them back to the mixing bowl. Add another tablespoon of olive oil and as much hot sauce as you like. Mix together and put the pieces back on the baking sheet. Bake for another 10 minutes so the sauce is absorbed into the cauliflower. Let the cauliflower cool and serve with your choice of dip.