Meijer Healthy Living: Lighten up game day snacks


Tina Miller, MS RD Meijer Healthy Living AdvisorIndividual Seven-layer dip


Makes: 8 to 10 servings

2 avocados, peeled and mashed (or 1 ½ cups prepared guacamole such as Wholly Guacamole®)

2 tbsp. lemon juice

½ tsp. salt

¼ tsp. pepper

1 cup Meijer light sour cream

1/4 cup Meijer mayonnaise

1 pkg. Reduced sodium taco seasoning

2 cans jalapeño-flavored or green-chile flavored refried beans

2-3 tomatoes, chopped

1 can pitted black olives, chopped

1 large bunch green onions, chopped

1 (8-oz.) pkg. Meijer 2% milk shredded Cheddar cheese


Chopped fresh cilantro-Optional Garnish


1.       In a small bowl mix avocados with lemon juice, salt and pepper. (Skip this step if using guacamole)

2.       In another small bowl mix sour cream, mayonnaise and taco seasoning.

3.       Spread beans in an oblong dish or in individual disposable cups, and top with avocado mixture or guacamole. Top with sour cream mixture. Sprinkle with tomatoes, olives and onions.

4.       Sprinkle cheese on top, and serve with Tostitos®.


Tender meatballs get bursts of sweetness from orange marmalade and savory note from McCormick® Poultry Seasoning.

Orange Glazed Turkey Meatballs

Makes: 30 Meatballs (15 2-meatball servings)


1 egg

1/4 cup low fat milk

1/2 cup Meijer plain bread crumbs

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Poultry Seasoning

1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Black Pepper, Ground

1 1/2 pounds ground turkey

1 tablespoon Meijer olive oil

1/2 cup Meijer Naturals chicken broth

1 cup Meijer orange marmalade

1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

1 pinch McCormick® Red Pepper, Ground

Nutritional information (per servings): Calories: 123, Sodium: 245mg, Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 37mg, Carbohydrates: 17g, Fiber: 0g, Protein: 7g


1. Beat egg and milk in large bowl. Stir in bread crumbs, salt, poultry seasoning and pepper. Add ground turkey; mix well. Cover. Refrigerate 1 hour. Shape into 1-inch meatballs.

2. Heat oil in large skillet on medium heat. Place meatballs in single layer in skillet. Cook until well browned on all sides. Remove meatballs from skillet. Set aside.

3. Mix orange marmalade, broth, vinegar and red pepper in skillet on medium heat. Bring to boil, stirring to release browned bits in bottom of skillet. Return meatballs to skillet. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook 10 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through and sauce has reduced to glaze consistency.

Recipe adapted from McCormick Kitchens, www.McCormick.com

Sweet Potato Skins with White Chicken Chili


Makes: 16


8 small sweet potatoes washed and pat dry

1 Tbsp. Meijer Olive Oil

White Chicken Chili

2 cups shredded 2% milk cheese (sharp cheddar, pepper jack, or Monterey jack)

Optional toppings:  Light sour cream, diced green onion, tomato or avocado, or chopped fresh cilantro.


1.       Preheat the oven to 400°.

2.       Brush the sweet potatoes with olive oil and place on a baking sheet and bake 35-40 minutes.

3.       Remove the sweet potatoes from the oven and allow to cool 10 minutes.

4.       Slice in half and then, leaving 1/2" of flesh and skin, scoop out flesh from center of potato (store for use another time as mashed sweet potatoes).

5.       Fill with the turkey chili and top with shredded cheese.   Return to oven to melt cheese, about 5 minutes.

6.      Top with optional toppings if desired and enjoy!

White Chicken Chili

Makes 4 (1-cup) servings


2 tablespoons Meijer olive oil

1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts cut in 1/2-inch cubes

1/2 cup chopped onion

2 teaspoons McCormick® Cumin, Ground

1 teaspoons McCormick® California Style Garlic Salt with Parsley

3/4 teaspoon McCormick® Oregano Leaves

1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Chili Powder

1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Red Pepper, Ground

1 can (14 1/2 ounces) white beans, undrained

1 can (4 1/2 ounces) chopped green chiles, drained

1/2 cup chicken broth


1. Heat oil in large skillet on medium-high heat. Add chicken and onion; cook and stir 5 minutes or until lightly browned.

2. Stir in spices and remaining ingredients until well blended. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve with assorted toppings, if desired.

Nutritional information (per servings): Calories: 341, Sodium: 693mg, Fat: 5g, Carbohydrates: 27g, Fiber: 6g, Cholesterol: 105mg, Protein: 47g

Recipe adapted from McCormick Kitchens, www.McCormick.com


Guacamole Salsa

Makes 2 1/4 cups or 18 (2-tablespoon) servings.


2 medium ripe avocados, peeled, pitted and chopped

1 package McCormick® Guacamole Seasoning Mix

1 medium tomato, chopped

2 tablespoons chopped red onion

1 tablespoon lime juice


1. Mix avocados, Seasoning Mix, tomato, onion and lime juice in medium bowl. Cover surface with plastic wrap.

2. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes or until ready to serve. Stir before serving. Serve with tortilla chips.

Nutritional information (per servings): Calories: 43, Sodium: 56mg, Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Carbohydrates: 3g, Fiber: 1g, Protein: 1g

Recipe adapted from McCormick Kitchens, www.McCormick.com

3-minute no-bake cookies

Makes: 36 cookies


2 cups granulated sugar

8 tbsp. (1 stick) margarine or butter (Smart Balance Butter Sticks)

1/2 cup Meijer low fat milk

1/3 cup baking cocoa

3 cups QUAKER® Oats (Quick or Old Fashioned)

1.       In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar, margarine, milk and cocoa. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to boiling, stirring frequently.

2.       Boil for 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.

3.       Stir in oats (if using Old Fashioned oats, cool mixture in saucepan 5 minutes).

4.       Drop dough by heaping tablespoons onto waxed paper. Let stand until firm, and serve.



Save Game Day Favorite Lightened Up Option

The Portion Size Punt Saves:

140 Calories

5 Chicken Wings or Hot Wings

350 Calories

25g Fat

15g Carb

3 Chicken Wings or Hot Wings

210 Calories

15g Fat

9g Carb

The Leaner Meat Pass Saves :

120 Calories

6" Meaty Sub

520 Calories

19g Fat

50g Carb

Roast Beef Wrap Sandwich

400 Calories

10g Fat

56g Carb

Crunch Time Trade Saves:

62 Calories

Potato Chips (2 oz., about 20


311 Calories

21g Fat

28g Carb

Tortilla Chips (about 2 oz.)

249 Calories

12g Fat

33g Carb

Dip Switch Play Saves:

100 Calories

French Onion Dip (about 1/4 cup)

120 Calories

9g Fat

6g Carb

Traditional Salsa (about 1/4 cup)

20 Calories

0g Fat

5g Carb

Hydration Swap Out Saves:

144 Calories

1 (12 oz.) Can Regular Soda or Sweetened Soft Drink

145 Calories

0g Fat

40g Carb

1 (12 oz.) Can Diet Soda

1 Calorie

0g Fat

0.1g Carb

2-Point, 12 oz. Conversion Saves:

50 Calories

(Some high IPA and Amber beers can contain 200 calories or more per 12 ounce serving!)

1 (12 oz.) Can Traditional Beer

145 Calories

13g Carb

1 (12 oz.) Light Beer

95 Calories

10g Carb