The Super Bowl is this coming Sunday! It’s the biggest game of the season and probably the most calorie-filled! To help you enjoy the big game without turning into a linebacker follow these nutritioulicious™ tips:
1) Skip the wings. Everyone loves chicken wings, but they’re high in fat from the skin and from being deep fried. They are also lower in protein than other chicken dishes. For a healthier option that’s actually easier to prepare, marinate chicken breast tenders in barbecue sauce, grill or bake, and serve with additional sauce on the side. Choose the sauce carefully — many BBQ sauces have high fructose corn syrup as one of the first ingredients. I like Bone Suckin’ Sauce or Annie’s Original BBQ Sauce.*
2) Lighten up the burgers. If you’re a burger fan, opt for turkey or veggie burgers — they’re leaner and can be just as delicious as regular burgers! Top them with caramelized onions, roasted peppers, or roasted tomatoes.
3) Snack smart. Chips are a staple that don’t need to be avoided. You just need to choose wisely and read the nutrition label. Frito-Lay snack chips like Tostitos are made with just 3 ingredients: corn, healthier oils such as corn and sunflower oils, and less salt per serving than a slice of bread! Plus they have no trans fats!**
4) Make a healthier dip. What goes better with chips than some dip? Chips are a great vehicle for getting in veggies and protein if you make the right kind of dip. Instead of all of those cheesy and creamy dips, opt for a veggie-rich salsa or some guacamole. Avocados contain the healthy mono- and polyunsaturated fats and contain nearly 20 vitamins and minerals, including antioxidants vitamins C and E, folate, potassium, and beta-carotene. You can also make other yummy side dishes and salads with Avocados from Mexico.
5) Drink wisely. It’s easy to fill up on drinks like beer and soda, so stock up on light beer, diet soda, and even wine for the best options. And don’t forget to hydrate! Have a glass of water between every drink — it will also help stave off that hangover the next day.
6) End on a sweet note. Rather than brownies and cake, serve some fruit with a twist. Instead of a regular fruit salad, grill some pineapple, poach pears, or bake apples. You can even jazz it up with a small scoop of low-fat ice cream or frozen yogurt.
*Note: I am not a spokesperson, nor do I consult or work for these products.
**Note: I am a media spokesperson for Frito Lay.