Low Carb Veggie Bites: Perfect for Game Day!

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Jan 18

So…you have plans for attending a game day party. What happens to the whole “low carb thing?” Because, food! Fun! Social pressure!

Many will simply declare “cheat day” and proceed to engage in a culinary free-for-all, the likes of which border on legendary. Or infamous, more accurately.

I don’t recommend that–and not just because of the scale, or feeling bloated and sick after a carb binge, or the cravings that come back with a vengeance in the days following a big cheat. It’s not even the way “just this once” slippery slides into “eventually I’ll get back on track.”

Those are all valid considerations, but my reasoning for avoiding the cheat day is a lot more straightforward.

For low carb to work, FOREVER, it has to be part of your everyday life. It cannot be an on-again, off-again deal. It has to fit into your life. It has to be sustainable! Stop thinking in terms of “diet” and start thinking in terms of “just how I eat.” This is low carb zen, right there. You don’t just “do Atkins until you lose weight.” You eat this way forever, and get the benefits forever.

And it is quite manageable as a lifestyle, provided you’re willing to make the choice to adopt low carb as your lifestyle. Even at social functions, you CAN stay on track. There are so many party options that are already low carb! Wings, shrimp, veggies and dip, pinwheel meat rollups, or cheese and nuts are all great and tasty low carb options. There’s a good chance there will be plenty for a low carber to choose from at any respectable game day spread already.

But why not remove all doubt? You can be sure there will be low carb options at functions by bringing some yourself!

My first choice is usually going to be to make something, but if you don’t have time or you want something else, consider something like Atkins treats. I don’t eat them every day (most sugar alcohols don’t agree with me if I overdo), but for a party? Sure! I’ll gladly have a few Chocolate Peanut Candies or Peanut Butter Cups. It’s a much better choice than the full-sugar counterpart and I know, I’m not setting myself up in the process. The point is, you CAN do this.

Need your game day inspiration kicked up a notch? Check out the Atkins #GameDaySpread Pinterest contest for more game day snack ideas than you can shake a buffalo wing at. Yum! Here’s our Atkins #GameDaySpread Pinterest board to get you started.

And here’s my contribution: Cheesy Low Carb Veggie Bites.  These taste best nice and hot, but you can easily make them ahead and pop in the fridge until you’re ready, heating them right before serving time. At just 2 net carbs for 5 of these little puppies, you can happily get your munch on. Just beware the temptation to nibble down your snack stash before the game starts!

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Low Carb Veggie Bites

Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brocccoli tots, cauliflower tots, cheese, vegetable tots
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 10 bites
Calories: 148 kcal
Author: Dixie Vogel
Game-day-worthy pop-in-your-mouth snacks!

Ingredients

  • 16 oz Cauliflower & Broccoli frozen
  • 3/4 cup shredded Pepper Jack cheese
  • 3/4 cup shredded Chipotle Cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup pork rinds crushed
  • 3 tbsp chopped green chilies
  • 1 tea minced garlic
  • 1 tea minced onions
  • 3 tbsp bacon bits
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 3 large eggs

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cook veggies and dry them, however you normally do this. I used a microwave steam bag for easy cooking and ran them through my salad spinner to remove excess moisture.
  3. In a big bowl, mix all the other ingredients and set aside.
  4. Mince the cooked vegetables in the food processor.
  5. Mix the veggies and other ingredients well.
  6. Place the veggie mix in little bites or patties on a cookie sheet lined with silicone mats or parchment paper and pop in the oven. (Using a coffee scoop tablespoon, this recipe makes about 50-ish bites. I squished 'em down when I turned them over for a more nugget shape.)
  7. Bake about 25 minutes or until desired color, turning once midway through cooking.
  8. Serve hot, plain or use your favorite dip!

Recipe Notes

You could easily experiment with different veggies, cheeses and seasoning combinations. Use what you have is my motto! I used spicy pork rinds to add a little extra flavor. Note: I'd suggest over-seasoning, because the finished bites, while very tasty, were milder than expected based on the ingredients.

Nutrition Facts
Low Carb Veggie Bites
Amount Per Serving (5 g)
Calories 148 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 77mg 26%
Sodium 502mg 21%
Potassium 142mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 10g 20%
Vitamin A 51.1%
Vitamin C 6.4%
Calcium 17.4%
Iron 4.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Low Carb Veggie Bites: Delicious dipped in guacamole!

Delicious dipped in guacamole!

 

Low Carb Veggie Bites: Do you think it's too much dip?

Do you think it’s too much guac? Is that even possible?

What are you serving for game day?

A big thank-you to Atkins Nutritionals, Inc. for sponsoring this post. The opinions expressed herein, however, are all mine.

Lunch in Five
  • This was delicious, thank you so much! My boys alternated between this dip and some homemade hummus for variety. Definitely will be making this as an afternoon snack again.

  • Stuart Colcleugh says:

    They sound delish, but can you think of a substitute for the pork rinds? They’re hard to find these days around here and we have vegetarians in the family.

    • Dix says:

      Hello Stuart. I haven’t tried with subs so I don’t know how it would come out. But you could try with a mix of crushed nuts or almond flour, and maybe up the amount of Parmesan some. I hear there are also vegan pork rinds although if you’re not seeing the regular ones (which are everywhere here in the chip aisle), then I don’t know if you’ll find vegan ones. I’ve also seen people talk about making rinds from chicken skin, but again, not vegan. If you do try a sub, I’d love to hear how it works for you.

  • Stuart says:

    Vegan pork rinds? Wow, something to google there. I was thinking almond flour and parmesan as well, so will give it a try and report back. Thanks!

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