The Foodie Physician: Dining with the Doc: Super Bowl Snacks

Dining with the Doc: Super Bowl Snacks

Are you ready for some football?!  The big game is just around the corner and whether you'll be hosting a party or attending someone else's, here are some great dishes to make for your friends and family. These tasty and nutritious recipes are guaranteed to score a touchdown! Instead of traditional chicken wings which are usually deep fried, I'm serving Grilled Buffalo Shrimp with Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce.  Everyone loves shrimp- they make great finger food and they cook up really fast on the grill.  By grilling instead of deep frying, you're also cutting loads of calories and fat.  To add great flavor, I toss them with hot sauce and just a tablespoon of butter which is significantly less than the full stick of butter that many recipes call for.  I serve the shrimp along with a cooling blue cheese sauce and fresh veggies.

Tired of the same old chips and salsa?  Try my Game Day Guacamole and Spiced Pita Chips to get the crowd cheering. Avocados are naturally creamy and provide a healthy amount of monounsaturated fats and fiber as well as several vitamins and minerals. I like to leave my guacamole relatively chunky and serve it in a molcajete, which is a traditional Mexican mortar and pestle made from volcanic stone. To scoop it up, try my baked spiced pita chips instead of store-bought chips. I use whole wheat pitas, brush them with a little olive oil and dust them with spices before a quick bake in the oven. They're crispy, easy to make, and the smoky spices complement the flavors in the guacamole perfectly.

Enjoy the game and let's go Giants!

Grilled Buffalo Shrimp with Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce
Makes 24 shrimp or 6 servings

Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce:
½ cup reduced fat sour cream
¼ cup buttermilk
¼ cup crumbled blue cheese
¼ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
¼ cup chopped scallions
Kosher salt and black pepper

Grilled Buffalo Shrimp:
24 extra jumbo (16-20 count) shrimp (about 1 ¼ lbs.), peeled and deveined, with the last shell segment and tail attached
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
Kosher salt and black pepper
¼ cup hot sauce such as Frank’s
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
1 lemon, cut into wedges
6 celery stalks cut into 4-inch sticks
4 carrots cut into 4-inch sticks

Preheat a grill or grill pan over medium high heat. 

To make the blue cheese dipping sauce, mix the sour cream, buttermilk, blue cheese, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice and scallions together in a small bowl.  Season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Toss the shrimp in a bowl with the oil, lemon juice, ¼ teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.  In a second bowl, mix the hot sauce and butter together.

Spray the grill with nonstick cooking spray.  Grill the shrimp 3-4 minutes on each side until cooked through.  Place the shrimp in the bowl with the hot sauce and butter mixture and toss to coat them with the sauce.  Serve buffalo shrimp on a platter with celery sticks, carrots and lemon wedges.  Serve blue cheese dipping sauce on the side.  

One Serving: Calories 183; Fat 8.78g (Sat 4.19g); Protein 16g; Carb 10.2g; Fiber 2.4g

Game Day Guacamole
Make 1½ cups or 6 servings

1 clove garlic, chopped
Kosher salt
1 ½ tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 avocados, peeled and diced
1 small plum tomato, diced chopped
1/3 cup finely chopped white onion
1 Serrano pepper, finely chopped
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

Using the flat side of a knife, mash the garlic and ½ teaspoon salt together on a cutting board to make a paste.  Place the mixture in a bowl (or molcajete) and add the lime juice,  avocado, tomato, onion, pepper and cilantro.  Stir gently to combine.  Season the guacamole with salt to taste.  Serve with spiced pita chips. 

One Serving: Calories 104; Fat 8.95g (Sat 1.2g); Protein 1.4g; Carb 6.9g; Fiber 4.3g

Spiced Pita Chips
Makes 24 chips or 6 servings

3 whole-wheat pitas
1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
½ teaspoon chili powder
¼ teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon kosher salt

Brush both sides of the pitas with olive oil and cut each pita into 8 wedges.  Place them on a baking sheet and sprinkle them with the chili powder, cumin and salt.  Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes turning once halfway through.  Remove from oven and cool.  The chips will crisp up further as they cool. 

One Serving: Calories 101; Fat 4.18g (Sat 0.47g); Protein 3.1g; Carb 14.2g; Fiber 2.1g

What tasty snacks are you making on game day?  Leave a comment below and let me know!


  1. This spread looks amazing! All of my favorite foods! So happy to have connected with you! Your pictures always make me hungry :)

    1. Thanks Aggie! So happy we connected as well- your site is amazing!

  2. Looks so good!! I wanna make the shrimp for sure :-)

    1. Thanks PowerCakes! Let me know it goes if you try it!

  3. Made the guacamole tonight and enjoyed it while watching the sunset from our condo in Maui. I used half of a Butter Avocado from a local farmer's market. This was the biggest avocado I've ever seen, the size of an ostrich egg! Used sweet Maui onion and half of a local jalapeño, too. Yum! Great recipe, Doc!

    1. Hi Melissa, so glad you liked the recipe! I've never tried a Butter avocado, I usually use Haas avocados. And I love sweet Maui onions! Btw, am so jealous that you're hanging out in Hawaii- hope you're having a great time!

  4. I loved these shrimp!
    Great presentation!

    1. Thanks so much! The natural colors were so pretty on the plate, I didn't have to do too much styling!

  5. I will definitely make the guacamole and pita chips! I think my 4-yr-old will love it! Always such great ideas!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Emily! So glad to hear that you think Patrick would like the guacamole- avocados are a great nutritious snack for kids. Hope you're doing well!

  6. I love buffalo shrimp anything! Looks great!

    1. Thanks LIsa! They're a nice change from the usual chicken wings, I think.

  7. Love the spiced pita chips! I have been looking for a recipe to substitute for a store-bought chips. Thank you! I am your newest follower!

    1. Thanks for visiting! Your site is great- I just joined!

  8. Drool-worthy photos -- looks like y'all are ready to munch on super bowl :D

  9. You are amazing, Sonali! This all looks (and I know tastes) so good!!! THanks for incl the nutritional info. Great to see a good balance of nutrients and fiber; and these are great tasting lo cal snacks you can combine into a heart-healthy meal. : )

    1. Thanks so much! They're all pretty easy to make too, which is an added benefit!

  10. I did the pita chips with chilli and cumin powder, as appetizers. Everyone loved the simple but tasty snack, with the dip.

  11. Those buffalo shrimp look spectacular! I saw these pinned and had to stop by to see them. I am a new follower :) Love this!


  12. Perfect football fare...full of flavor and light at the same time. Love it!

  13. Love the Buffalo Shrimp! I'llbe making for a dinner party next week. Pinned




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