Big Game Sunday is for many the first test in your resolution for a healthier year. It’s day spent not only cheering for your favorite team, but indulging in a buffet of high-calorie snack foods and alcohol. Your average American will take in more than a day’s worth of calories just during the game. One trick of creating a healthier lifestyle is to find the middle ground between going overboard and feeling deprived. So, don’t get sidelined from your goals, you can enjoy a day of football, fun, and delicious foods and without ditching your healthy resolutions.
Skinny Buffalo Chicken Dip
Dips are a staple of any Super Bowl part but tend to be laden with high-fat ingredients. The delightful dip uses Greek yogurt and reduced fat cream cheese to cut calories without sacrificing taste.
Teriyaki Chicken Wings with Hot Mango Dipping Sauce
What game day party would be complete without wings?! Ditch the fryer and swap out the sugar for stevia for tasty guilt-free wings.
Chili is a quick and easy option to warm up your guests and it is simple to make it healthy.
Chocolate Chip Brownies
Got a sweet tooth? You don’t have to skip the dessert table with these lightened up brownies.
Veggie and Fruit Trays
Fruit and veggies make healthy and easy dippers that pair well with any dip. You can get creative and craft your own or save time and pick up pre-made trays at your local grocery store.
Pico De Gallo
This recipe is super low calorie! A refreshing mix of tomatoes, onion, cilantro and lime with a bit of jalapeno for bite that no one will be able to resist.
Mixed nuts can be a great healthy snack, but it can be easy to go overboard if you are standing next to the snack table. Try these chick pea pizza nuts as a lower fat/lower calorie option to your usual bowl of nuts.
See! It is easy to have delicious spread that will not spread your waistline. Go Team!
Carolyn Reynaud, MS, RD, LD is a licensed registered dietitian. She received her BS in nutrition from Michigan State University and her Masters and Certificate in Public Health from Georgia State University. She has experience working in several avenues of health care including corporate wellness, clinical disease management, research, and health promotion. Carolyn is a paid editorial contributor for the Calorie Control Council. She has been working as a health coach specialist for close to 6 years, where she counsels patients on preventative healthcare and helps them meet their health goals. Follow her on Twitter @ReynaudCari.