The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, or “March Madness,” begins March 14, so if you’re planning a viewing party but want to serve some healthier food options for guests, which recipes would be best? From chips and dip to hot wings, there’s no reason any guest with health issues should miss out on any of the flavor or fun that comes along with watching the games. Since party food typically is not healthy or diabetic-friendly, we have a few tips to modify your March Madness favorites!
There are two main points to remember about all of the following recipes: use fresh ingredients and keep the consumption of carbohydrates in check with portion control. For example, instead of providing large plates for guests, try using the smaller, appetizer-sized plates instead. Guests may limit the amount they eat as a result.
If you’re celebrating March Madness, the American Diabetes Association also recommends:
- Grilling food vs. frying food
- Cutting down on store-bought sauces
- Limiting your alcohol intake, or speaking with your doctor about how to drink safely
- Getting up and taking a walk during halftime and between games to help manage blood sugar levels
Quick-Step Salsa (Diabetic Connect)
s there anything better than fresh salsa? This recipe, which can be made either mild or spicy, has a lot less sodium than store-bought options and no added sugar.
Nutrition Facts, Per Serving: 13 Calories, 3g Carbohydrates, 1g Fiber, 2g Sugars
Buffalo Wing Hummus (Diabetic Foodie)
If you’re looking for a low-fat way to get your Buffalo wing fix for March Madness, look no further. This meatless recipe has the spicy goodness of Buffalo sauce without the calories or the carbs.
Nutrition Facts, Per Serving: 79 Calories, 10g Carbohydrates, 3g Fiber, 2g Sugars
Veggie Dip (diabetic lifestyle)
Simple to make and a great alternative to eating a veggie platter with ranch dressing, this homemade dip is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
Nutrition facts, per serving: 37 calories, 4g carbohydrates, 1g fiber
Hot Artichoke-Cheese Dip (Cooking Light)
A restaurant staple for sporting events, spinach artichoke dip can have up to 1,400 calories and 122 grams of carbs! but this diabetic-friendly version that you make at home will allow guests to indulge in a few extra servings without disrupting their insulin levels.
Nutrition facts, per serving: 126 calories, 20.8g carbohydrates, 2.3g fiber
Roasted and Spiced Chickpeas (American Diabetes Association)
A great alternative to serving chips and an excellent source of fiber, these roasted and spiced chickpeas may be small, but they pack a big punch when it comes to flavor.
Nutrition facts, per serving: 75 calories, 9g carbohydrates, 2g fiber
And if you’re looking for some diabetic-friendly chips to pair with any of these recipes, consider these options, which have been vetted by diabetic living online.
Hilary Young is a writer dedicated to helping older americans live healthier, more fulfilling lives. She currently blogs for HuffPost50, Fifty Is The New Fifty and Medical Guardian. you can find her on twitter as @hyoungcreative.