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Published on September 12, 2016

Host a Healthier Packers Party

Skip the chips, pizza, and cheese and cracker platter this football season. Make healthier options for your Green Bay Packers party, including this lineup of fan favorite recipes. 

Your Game Day Recipe Lineup

Whole Grain Party Mix

By using whole-grain cereals, olive oil instead of butter or margarine, and soy nuts or wasabi peas, you'll have no reason pass up this game day snack.


  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons salt-free garlic and herb seasoning
  • 5 cups whole-grain waffle-style cereal
  • 2 cups whole-grain "O" cereal
  • 1 cup unsalted, dry roasted soy nuts
  • 1 cup mini-pretzels (whole wheat is best)


  1. Heat oven to 250 degrees.
  2. Pour olive oil, Worcestershire sauce and seasoning into a 9-by-13-inch pan and mix well.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and stir until cereal, nuts and pretzels are coated.
  4. Bake for an hour, stirring about every 15 minutes.
  5. Let cool and store in an airtight container.

Serves: 20
Each 1/2-cup serving contains about 137 calories, 4 g protein, 6 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 19 g carbohydrates, 3 g fiber, and 160 mg sodium.

Ginger Teriyaki BBQ Chicken Meatballs

Make these healthier BBQ chicken meatballs as an entrée either by serving them on a roll or by themselves.

Ingredients for Meatballs

  • 2 pounds 98% fat free ground chicken
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ground ginger or ginger paste
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Ground pepper
  • Olive oil spray

Ingredients for Sauce

  • 1 6-ounce can tomato paste
  • ½ cup teriyaki sauce
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried ground ginger


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Spray two large 9-by-13 inch pans with olive oil.
  3. To make the meatballs, combine ground chicken, egg, ground ginger, garlic powder and ground pepper in a large mixing bowl. Mix well.
  4. Create 30 meatballs the size of a ping pong ball and place them in the pans, spaced evenly apart.
  5. Cover the pans with foil and bake for 15 minutes.
  6. Remove the foil and bake for another 15 minutes.
  7. Meatballs should be slightly browned and have an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
  8. To make the sauce, combine all of the sauce ingredients in a slow cooker.
  9. Add cooked meatballs to the slow cooker and coat evenly with sauce.
  10. Cover and cook on high for 1-1 ½ hours until meatballs are fully glazed.

Each 2 meatball serving contains 110 calories, 14 g protein, 2 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 9 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, 8 g sugar, 46 mg cholesterol, 263 mg potassium, 123 mg phosphorus.

Peanut Butter Cereal Bars

Serve up this healthier peanut butter bar dessert from Diabetes Self-Management Magazine.


  • 3 cups mini marshmallows
  • 3 tablespoons of light margarine
  • ½ cup reduced fat peanut butter
  • 3 ½ cups crisp rice cereal
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1/8 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Spray a 9-by-13 inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Combine marshmallows and margarine in bowl and microwave on high for 15 seconds. Stir, then microwave 1 minute and stir again until marshmallows are melted and mixture is smooth.
  3. Add in peanut butter to the marshmallow and margarine mixture and stir.
  4. Stir in cereal and oats until coated well.
  5. Spread into prepared pan and immediately sprinkle chocolate chips on top and lightly press into cereal mixture.
  6. Cool completely in pan and cut into 40 bars.

Serves: 40
Each serving contains 66 calories, 1 g protein, 3 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 10 g carbohydrates, and 154 mg sodium.

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Host a Healthier Packers Party with this Recipe Lineup