Did you know that Americans consume more calories during the Super Bowl than nearly any other day during the year – second only to Thanksgiving?
That’s why Rachel Berman, RD, CSR, CD/N, the Director of Nutrition for CalorieCount.com (where I get the nutritional info for many of my recipes) is offering up some tips on how to cut back and stay healthy this Super Bowl Sunday.
Cut back on saturated fat
- Add more beans instead of meat to a chili recipe.
- Use reduced-fat cheese for nachos.
- Swap no fat Greek yogurt for sour cream when making dips and spreads.
- Make a healthier version of chicken wings by baking chicken tenders that are lightly seasoned with your favorite spices – and serve reduced fat blue cheese.
Skip the chips
- Serve a big platter of veggies like like jicama, artichoke hearts, radishes, mushrooms, and grilled asparagus. Pair with hummus, salsa or a yogurt dip.
- Make a healthier version of chips by slicing whole-wheat pitas or tortillas into wedges and then lightly toasting these in the oven
Eliminate excess calories
- Beer, even light beer, can pack on the calories. It can also lead to mindless munching. Keep track of how much you drink and steer clear of any specialty cocktails prepared with juice or soda.
- When it’s time for kick-off, relax and enjoy the celebration – but keep an eye on portion size and make a plate of food when hungry instead of grazing throughout the day.
Go to CalorieCount.com for great game day recipes
- Mango Salsa (41 calories, 0g fat)
- Tomato & Basil Pita Pizzas (199 calories, 2g fat)
- Cucumber Dip (5 calories, 0g fat)
- Taco Cups (137 calories, 2g fat)
- Rosemary Cheese Biscuits (131 calories, 5g fat)
- Oven-Fried Onion Rings (79 calories, 4g fat)
- Chicken Taquitos (159 calories, 5g fat)
- Broiled Buffalo Chicken (218 calories, 8g fat)