Hosting a Super Bowl party? Try these healthy tips and alternatives
By Brittany Anas
With Superbowl Sunday less than a couple weeks away, pizza joints are gearing up for their busiest delivery day of the year and we surmise there are some football fans practicing for a chicken wing eating contest. Sure, football fare isn’t the healthiest. But with a few tweaks and and tips, you can bring something to the table that is yummy and packs some nutritional value, too.
Here are 7 tips and tricks for a healthier Super Bowl party, whether you’re playing host or just bringing a dish to share.
- Smoke meat: A meat smoker is perfect for large group gatherings because you can prep lean meats like chicken — as well as smoke honey-glazed salmon. Of course, there’s still room for lean cuts of ribs. The best part? Lots of smokers come with remote controls, so the party host can watch the game while still making dinner. Check out this Masterbuilt Electronic Smoker from Walmart, on sale for $299.99 — plus you’ll get an extra 3 percent Cash Back from ShopAtHome.com on your purchases.
- Grilled chicken with buffalo dipping sauce: If you can’t live without wings on game day, try grilled chicken tenders sauced up with buffalo wing sauce and dip the tenders in a lower-fat blue cheese or ranch dressing. You’ll up the protein and trim the fat with this chicken tender recipe that uses Frank’s Red Hot sauce.
- Make chili with leaner meat: Save up to 100 calories per serving by switching to a leaner ground beef or, better yet, ground turkey. Beware that the meat might brown a little faster if it’s lower fat — so be sure not to dry it out when cooking. Set out some healthy toppings for the chili, perhaps celery for a yummy crunch, scallions or avocado.
- Sub pretzels for chips. When it comes to salty snacks, pretzels only have a gram of fat per serving. Meanwhile, chips have about 10 grams of fat.
- Sub yogurt for mayo in ranch dressing mixes: Setting out a veggie tray is always a great idea. But you don’t want to fumble your healthy intentions with a high-calorie ranch dipping sauce. When you’re making the dip, sub out a plain greek or low-fat yogurt for the mayo and you’ll cut out calories and fat grams from the dip.
- Chocolate “football” strawberries (pictured): Sneak in a serving of fruit with these adorable chocolate-covered “footballs” with strawberries as well as white and milk chocolate candy coating. Here’s how to make a batch.
- Add some action: Pre-game at the park with your own game of flag football or just to toss the pigskin around. Getting in a little exercise will help you build a calorie deficit before you settle in on the couch.
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