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When you think of the Super Bowl what comes to mind? For me it's friends, commercials, unhealthy foods and beer. While the first two don't contain any calories, the latter two can pack quite the caloric punch.
The key to not completely derailing your diet is the same as with any holiday or event: think your drink, don't skip meals leading up to the event, try and get some exercise earlier in the day, and be thoughtful in your food choices when snacking.
One of the things I always recommend is offering to bring a dish or two to the party so you know there's at least a few options that will be healthier. Here are a few ideas for lower calorie, healthier versions of your typical Super Bowl feast.
Boneless Buffalo Wings
- A healthy alternative to this would be to make grilled or baked chicken tenders. You can do this with or without breadcrumbs. Either way, marinade chicken tenderloins in buffalo sauce, skewer then, then bake or grill them until they're cooked through. Add celery sticks and low fat blue cheese or ranch dressing to dip and you've got a much healthier buffalo chicken dish.
Any kind of dip
- There are a gazillion different kinds of dip out there: taco dip, buffalo dip, pizza dip... the list goes on and on. Here are a few basic tips to make whatever your famous dip is a bit healthier:
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