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.

Popular Super Bowl snack: Chicken wings loaded with creamy fatty barbecue sauce or blue cheese dressing

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 beforehand 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.

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 containers of pre-cut fruits at the market and keep them in bowls on the coffee table.

Popular Super Bowl snack: Pizza loaded with cheese and pepperoni or sausage.

Popular Super Bowl snack: French fries and other salty fried foods.

  • Healthy Super Bowl swap: Air fried foods are a perfect swap for traditional high-fat fried food. And you don't need a big expensive appliance to "fry" these healthy foods at home. High-quality brands like Gourmia make air fryers in several sizes and they are easy to use even if you don't consider yourself to be an expert chef. Make healthy recipes including Buffalo Cauliflower Bites or Sweet Potato Fries that are perfect for game day.

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.

Popular Super Bowl drinks: Beer, wine, and other high-calorie cocktails.

Place pitchers of flavored water on the coffee table to remind you to fill up on healthy fluids and decrease alcohol intake.

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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