Super Bowl Tips to Score a Touchdown for Health

Nachos, chicken wings, dips, pizza, and beer… these are just a few star players at any Super Bowl Party. So during the big game, is it possible to make healthy choices? Camelback Village Dietitian Jamie Miller has a play-by-play of how to not have a nutritional fumble while watching the big game.

Don’t go into the game starving

By eating a balanced healthy breakfast and lunch, you won’t be so tempted to dive into the chip bowl from out-of-control hunger.

Pick your seat wisely

Instead of sitting right next to the appetizer table, find a spot that makes it difficult to reach for more food. This can really help minimize mindless grazing.

Practice head-to-head matchups of indulgent vs. healthy fare

Make a game-day rule that for every wing you eat, you’ll have three celery sticks. Or for every brownie, you have one cup of fruit. If your healthy choices outnumber your not-so-healthy ones, you can walk away feeling proud and satisfied, while still enjoying some classic game-day foods.

Watch what you’re sipping on

Use the 1:1 drinking rule. For every alcoholic beverage you plan to drink, follow it up with a full glass of water.  Not only can alcohol add a hefty amount of calories to your evening it can also lower inhibitions, which may result in more munching than you intended.

Bring a healthy dish

Bringing your own contribution to a potluck or Super Bowl party will ensure there will be at least one healthy option to enjoy.. You can also impress your friends with a nutritious contribution to the spread that’s still absolutely delicious. Here are some recipes to try out!

Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Dip

Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Dip

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz. fat-free cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. dry Ranch seasoning mix
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (or blue cheese)
  • 1/2 cup Franks Red Hot™ Buffalo Wing Sauce (more or less depending on desired heat)
  • 1 1/2 cup chicken, cooked and shredded (or pulled)
  • Veggies and baked crackers for serving

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a small baking dish with non-stick spray.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the first five ingredients.
  3. Add the pulled chicken, and stir until well combined.
  4. Spoon mixture into baking dish, and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until dip is warmed through and cheese is melted.
  5. Serve warm with celery sticks, carrots, cucumber slices, bell pepper, or other veggies, and baked crackers.

Peanut Butter Fruit Dip:

  • 1 6-oz. container fat-free Greek yogurt (0-2%)
  • 2 Tbsp. peanut flour (or 1 Tbsp. nut butter)
  • 2-4 packets of Stevia or 1-2 Tbsp. honey or sweetener of choice, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. almond extract (optional)
  • Assorted fruit for serving

Directions

  1. Stir together all ingredients until well combined.
  2. Serve chilled with berries, grapes, apple slices, or other fruits!

Mediterranean 5 Layer Dip

Mediterranean 5 Layer Dip

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. hummus (family-size container)
  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • ½ English cucumber, diced
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1/3 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup black olives, sliced (optional)
  • Baked pita chips/crackers and veggies for serving

Directions

  1. In an eight-to-nine-inch serving dish, spread the hummus evenly on the bottom of the dish. Layer everything else on top of the hummus.
  2. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  3. Serve with toasted whole grain pita or whole grain crackers and sliced veggies.

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