The Superbowl is SUNDAY! While I am very sad the Saints will not be playing, I still love Superbowl Sunday. For many of us it is a great time with our friends and family. And usually it is an ALL day event. Along with the Superbowl comes tons of snacks. Buffalo wings, nachos, dips, cookies, cupcakes, ect. Believe it or not Superbowl Sunday is the 2nd day of the year where the most food is consumed.
Make these easy, yummy swaps for a healthier party! No one will ever notice.
1. When making nachos, chili or any other snack that involves ground beef, switch the beef out for ground turkey. Turkey is 99% lean meat meaning it contains little fat. Cook ground turkey just as you would ground beef (I would recommend adding a little more seasoning then usual.
2. Chips and dip are so addictive! You just keep eating and eating. Before you know it you have cosumed over 700 calories and you aren't even full! Switch your normal tortilla chips for baked chips or a whole grain chip. Try Corazonas Tortilla Chips that have 0.5 grams of plant sterols, which are proven to help lower cholesterol (they come in Lightly Salted, Black Bean & Cheese, and Squeeze of Lime), or skip the corn chips entirely and try a bean-based chip like Beanitos that also comes in fun flavors and is high in fiber. If serving chips just as Doritos and Potoatoe chips switch to all natural brands like PopChips and Tias Chips once you eat this you will never place another "ito" chip in your mouth (Fr"ito" Dor"ito" Tos"ito") Try some of these healthy dip options at Eatingwell.com
3. Cut calories by making your own Chicken Wings. Try this recipe Buffalo Chicken Wings. This recipe contains: For Four wings: 150 calories; 4g fat; 0g carbohydrates; 22g protein; 0g fiber. ONE just ONE wing from Buffalo Wild Wings contains 88 calories; 6g Fat; 3 carbs; and 5g protein. Multiply that times four and you get 352 Calories; 24 g fat; 12 carbs; 20g protein.
4. Swich out the peanuts. While peanuts are good in moderation, we tend to eat more during football games. Peanuts are high in fat and usually REALLY salty. Try this recipe for Spicy Chickpea "Nuts" These are crunchy and so flavorful! People will go crazy!
5. Desserts are so yummy! But they are packed with everything that you DO NOT NEED! Sugar, carbs, fat...EVERYTHING. Here are some healthier dessert options that will still keep your sweet tooth satisfied!
Check out more recipes at Eatingwell.com
6. Try to eat before the game or at half time. If you eat while watching the game you are more likely to consume twice the amount of food. When you eat in front of the T.V your brain has a harder time telling your stomach you are full.
7. Keep all the snacks in the kitchen! The more snacks you have around the table the more likely you are to just eat because it is in front of you.
ENJOY THE GAME!