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Heart-healthy Super Bowl recipes

Diana De Cicco is a food editor and writer based in New York City. She has a master's degree from New York University in Food Studies. Her passions are eating, traveling, and eating while traveling.

Throw a healthy Superbowl bash

If you are hosting a Super Bowl party this year and want to stick to your New Year's diet resolutions, prepare recipes that please the hardcore Super Bowl food fans as well as your waistline-conscious, health-minded guests. In honor of American Heart Month, the Super Bowl is the perfect opportunity to indulge in a few heart-healthy eats that everyone will love.

Baked Chicken Fingers

Serves 6

Ingredients:
1/2 cup melted trans fat-free margarine
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
24 low-sodium whole-grain Ritz crackers, crushed
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in strips

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 F.

2. In a shallow bowl, mix melted margarine with oregano and paprika. In a second shallow bowl, combine crackers and cheese.

3. Dip chicken pieces in margarine then in cracker mixture.

4. Arrange chicken pieces on a baking tray and bake 20 minutes or until outside is crispy and chicken is cooked through.

Hot and Smoky Chipotle Garlic Dip

Serves 8

Recipe courtesy of The American Heart Association

Ingredients:
2/3 cup fat-free or light sour cream
3 tablespoons fat-free or light mayonnaise
2 tablespoons skim milk
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 chipotle pepper, canned in adobo sauce
1 medium garlic clove, minced
1/8 teaspoon salt
Fresh cilantro sprigs (optional)

Directions:
1. Combine all ingredients except cilantro in a food processor or blender. Pulse until well combined and smooth.

2. Spoon dip into a serving bowl and sprinkle with cilantro.

Baked Apples

Serves 4

Recipe courtesy of the American Heart Association

Ingredients:
Vegetable oil spray
1 pound unpeeled apples, cored and cut into 1/2-inch wedges
1-1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon trans fat-free margarine
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Low-fat yogurt or ice cream

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 325 F.

2. Lightly spray a 9-inch glass baking dish with vegetable oil spray. Arrange the apples in the dish.

3. Bake apples in oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until just tender.

4. Sprinkle the apples with sugar then mix in margarine, cinnamon and vanilla. Stir until well combined.

5. Top with yogurt or ice cream.

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