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Super Bowl spread takes healthy, tasty spin

January 30, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Super Bowl is second to Thanksgiving in terms of chowing down. Neilsen estimates game viewers will munch about 177 million pounds of snacks. So why not fuel up with treats that won't penalize your healthy resolutions?

Mendocino Farm's Judy Han recommends a roasted chicken sandwich with little crispy nuggets for the big game. You can order the dish from her or make it at home.

"I'm always considering how healthful a sandwich is and one idea we had was this not-so-fried chicken," said Han.

Just slice up some rotisserie chicken, pile it on toasted Ciabatta bread with herbed aioli, pickled red onions, tomatoes and some crunchy slaw.

Han also suggests a vegan option. For the "Barbecue Sloppy Faux," bread is topped with a vegan mayonnaise, avocado, and a protein called seitan.

"It has the consistency of meat, and we slow braise it with pinto beans and vegan barbecue sauce," described Han. The sandwich is then topped with pickled red onions, candied jalapenos, tomatoes and romaine lettuce.

Sandwiches are priced at $8 to $10. You can order up to 24 hours prior to the Super Bowl and with three locations, Mendocino Farm's has a broad delivery range in L.A.

If you're making a big spread, here are some sassy foods that shouldn't be sidelined, because many of these products offer no or low saturated fat and plenty of fiber and protein to keep you full and satisfied.

Gardein's beef tips, chicken tenders and wings are called cheat meat because there isn't any. They're cholesterol-free and saturated-fat-free. Also, the soy and wheat gluten product provides substantial protein. The taste and texture are similar to the real deal.

Gardein offers game day recipes on their website, and Gardein products are available at Vons, Pavilions, Ralphs and Whole Foods.

Veggie Patch also offers vegetarian options from meatballs, veggie dogs to corn dogs. Say no to cholesterol and saturated fat while keeping the tasty protein. Veggie Patch products cost around $4.09 - $4.99 and are available at Vons and Pavilion stores.

Snikiddy "Eat your Vegetable" chips are made with potato, beans and carrots among other veggies. They're available nationwide at Bristol Farms retailing for $3.69.

Up the fiber quotient by dipping the chips in lentils, white bean or edamame hummus treats by Eat Well Enjoy Life. EWEL hummus combinations include edamame hummus with yellow pepper, sesame and ginger topping, white bean hummus with roasted garlic tapenade and spicy yellow lentil hummus with sunflower seeds and apricot.

EWEL hummus costs around $4.29 - $4.49 and are available at Albertons, Ralphs, Sprouts, Sunflower, Super Target, Henry's, Gelson's and select Costco stores.

Tribe brand is also a crowd pleaser with their traditional chick pea hummus.

New on the scene for tacos and more, La Tortilla Factory's Fiber and Flax with a variety of corn tortillas complete with omega threes and fiber are just 90 calories each. La Tortilla Factory products are available at Vons and Pavilions and a package of 12 tortillas costs around $1.89 - $2.49.

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