7 Healthy Super Bowl Snacks and Swaps

Eat Nutritious, Diet-Friendly Food During the Game

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You know you love to eat yummy snacks while you watch the big event. But do you eat healthy Super Bowl snacks? Your game-day festivities can easily undo a week's worth of smart dieting.  Even if you're not on a diet, who wants to spend several extra hours at the gym burning off beer and cheese calories?

The best way to keep your calorie count in control while you watch the Super Bowl (or the Oscars or just a movie with friends at home) is to plan ahead. You know you're not going to be able to munch on celery sticks and sip water while others around you eat nachos and drink beer. Instead, schedule some time in advance to make one of these delicious snack recipes that will keep you and your friends satisfied...and keep your diet on track.

Yummy and Healthy Super Bowl Snacks

Each of these recipes can satisfy your cravings for salty, crunchy and savory snacks. Place pitchers of flavored water on the coffee table so you and your friends are reminded to fill up on healthy fluids and decrease the alcohol intake.

  • Popular Super Bowl snack: Chicken wings loaded with creamy fatty barbecue sauce or blue cheese dressing
  • Healthy Super Bowl swap: Chicken, pork, or lean beef skewers. Make your own and skip the sauce  Recipe: Broiled Chicken Skewers or Sweet Spiced Pork Kebobs. Enjoy the meat with fiber-rich Roasted Root Vegetables to help keep you feeling full and satisfied.
  • Popular Super Bowl snack: Tacos or nachos loaded with ground beef, cheese, guacamole, and sour cream.
  • Healthy Super Bowl swap: Lettuce wraps filled with lean turkey,  shredded chicken or pork. Use bibb lettuce as that "taco shells" and chill before hand so that they are crisp. Saute the meat with flavorful, healthy veggies like onion and peppers. Top with salsa when it’s time to eat. Top with a single slice of avocado for a creamy texture.
  • Popular Super Bowl snack: Potato chips, tortilla chips, cheese curls and other chips.
  • Healthy Super Bowl swap:  There are some bagged chips and snacks that are healthy (somewhat), but  not many. Air-popped popcorn sprinkled with Parmesan or other seasonings is your best bet. If you don't have an air popper, make low-calorie popcorn in the microwave. You can also munch on high fiber veggies like carrots, celery, radishes, or pea pods with hummus.
  • Popular Super Bowl snack: Bite-sized chocolate, cookies, brownies, and other baked goods.
  • Healthy Super Bowl swap: Grapes, berries or cubed watermelon make great snacks to nibble on. Fruit will satisfy your sweet tooth, provide healthy vitamins and help keep you feeling full and hydrated. If you don't have time to cube and prepare fruit, buy pre-sided containers at the market and keep them in bowls on the coffee table.
  • Popular Super Bowl snack: Pizza loaded with cheese and pepperoni or sausage.
  • Healthy Super Bowl swap: Make a delicious low-calorie pizza topped with colorful veggies like peppers, tomatoes, onions, and jalapenos. You can even make the crust out of cauliflower (no joke...this really works!) for a low-carb option that boosts your fiber intake.
  • Popular Super Bowl snack: Deviled eggs made with mayonnaise.
  • Healthy Super Bowl swap: Hard boiled eggs are actually great for your diet, but the yolks and fattening mayo can send the calorie count too high. Instead, make the delicious low-calorie hummus recipe (above) and fill the middle of each egg.  You can also use a more traditional lower-calorie deviled egg recipe.

Need a few more tips to keep your healthy eating plan in place when you watch the big game?  Check out my recipes for Healthy High Protein Snacks.

Lastly, remember that mindless eating is likely to impact your food intake. You are far more likely to overeat when you are watching television and when you are surrounded by others who are overeating, too. So, try to stay active during the game so you are not tempted to over indulge. Refill drinks, engage in conversations to keep yourself busy. Chewing gum is another handy trick that many healthy eaters use to keep their minds off of food.

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