Health-food evangelists are pretty tireless in their devotion. But to tackle the greasy, fat-filled tastiness of a traditional Big Game menu? That takes guts (albeit toned & trim ones). So we had to give Finalist #10 props for creating a game day spread that not only stayed within our $43 budget, but also promised to keep our arteries clear without making us feel deprived.
THE INVITES:"With so many people on the post holiday trim down," say Marchelle and Michael, "we’re suggesting the Super “Slim” Bowl. The duo starts their planning by reaching out to guests through Evite, Facebook or MySpace to get a quick and accurate head count without spending a dime. For M&M this also means lower food costs because they can more accurately manage what they'll need to buy.
Self-Prepared "Detroit Lion’s Luau Fruit Bowl" ($12.00): Suggested items: various melons, grapes, blueberries, cherries. TIP: Save money by purchasing the fruits separately and prepping them yourself.
"Cleveland Brown’s Bags of Chips" ($3.00): Suggested items include Veggie Chips, Sun Harvest Chips, Baked Lays Chips and non-fat pretzels. TIP: This is also something that is easy to have a few guests bring, say M&M.
Halftime “Healthy Hearty” Main Course
“Tennessee Titan’s Fresh Taco Salad Bar” ($16.00-$22.00): Suggested items include ground turkey (16oz - $4.00), grilled chicken pieces ($5.00) or Fantastic Foods Vegetarian Taco Filling (two 4.4oz packages – $5.38). Other suggested items: chopped lettuce, tomato, onions, green or red bell peppers, fresh cilantro, & shredded cheese ($10.00). Topping suggestions: Low calorie salad dressings (8oz - $2.00), organic jarred salsa ($3.00), fresh avocados (2 for $3.00), store-brand light sour cream (16oz - $1.50) or Tofutti Sour Supreme (16oz - $2.00).
4th Quarter Treat
“Superbowl Sundae Fruit Parfait Treat” ($7.49): With the fruit you have remaining from the “Pre-Game Tailgate”; add sugar, lemon juice, and crushed ice in a blender. Serve over non-fat yogurt and top with granola, if desired. Suggested items include: Plain or vanilla non-fat yogurt (32 oz - $3.20), Bear Naked Granola (12oz - $4.29).
“San Francisco 49ers’ Sodas and Drinks” ($3.10): Since most guests have a specific favorite beverage, M&M suggest asking them to bring their own to share. "You can keep it healthy by providing a large jug of Poland Spring’s Water," adds the duo. ( 2.5 Gallons – $3.10)
Commercial Raffle ($5): "This is great one for everyone to play and have a chance to win," say M&M. Before the first commercial break of the game, pass out an index card or slip of paper. Ask guests to write down the their favorite commercials during the breaks. Place all the cards in the a bowl and pick the winner for a small Big Game 43 raffle prize. (M&M reccommend visiting your local sporting goods store for some fun items under $5.00)
Commercial Charades (FREE!): Break up into teams and follow normal charades rules. One person will act out a commercial seen during that football game and the other team members will have to guess which commercial is being acted out.
BEFORE YOU BUY: "Of course, the last step, before you make a single purchase for the day," say M&M "you’ll want to visit Redplum.com to find great discounts on your purchases." We like the way these two crazy kids think...
The Other Finalists: