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Guilt-Free Super Bowl Treats

Posted on 2/1/2012 by Patricia Bannan // Filed in Community, Holidays, lifestyle leaders, Nutrition, Playlist // Leave a Comment

Super Bowl Party Table

While the New York Giants and the New England Patriots are working hard to win the Lombardi Trophy, enthusiastic viewers will be working hard to tackle the Super Bowl buffet. However, unlike the players who are acutely aware of their performance, most of the 100 million Americans who tune in for the game will be paying little attention to their score of nutrition penalties.

Super Bowl Sunday ranks second only to Thanksgiving for food celebrations. Unfortunately, unlike Thanksgiving which can be somewhat balanced, most big-game bites are high in saturated fat, calories, and added salt. During the six hours or so from pre-game to post-game partying, spectators can easily eat and drink 4,000 calories or more. That’s about twice the amount most people require in a day! Here are three  healthier versions of your favorite football fare.

Seven Layer Dip – Chips are a party staple, and there are a lot of options out there to keep it light, such as baked and popped chips. Look for varieties on the more natural side with less sodium and artificial flavors.  For your dip, layer low-sodium re-fried beans, chopped tomatoes, green onions, grilled red peppers, lettuce, olives and The Laughing Cow Light Queso Fresco and Chipotle Wedges.  This dip version cuts the fat – not the fun – out of your game-day party.

Buffalo Bites – Two tiny buffalo wings have about 100 calories, add a little bleu cheese dressing and you can instantly double that!  Enjoy the flavors with far less fat by making an easy adjustment.  Toss some chopped grilled chicken in a tablespoon of olive oil and chili sauce for taste.  Then, cut a cucumber into rounds, top with The Laughing Cow Light Blue Cheese Wedges, and spoon the chopped chicken on top for a super easy, super light finger food treat.

Super Spritzer – A 12-ounce bottle of beer has about 150 calories and a mixed drink can be 150-300 calories or even more. With the pre-show, half-time show, and, oh yeah, the actual game, it’s easy to drink more than you planned for by the end of the night.  A fun and easy alternative is having soda water and wine on hand to make spritzers.  Soda water has zero calories, so mixing it with wine helps you spread out the drinking a little more but not at the expense of drinking something festive.  Toss in some frozen berries in your team colors to take it up a notch!

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