Super Bowl Food and How to Make it Healthier
By Brandi Swieter
Football fans around the U.S. plan their Super Bowl parties to watch the game with friends and see which team wins -- and which commercials are best. A common theme for the party is food, often including things such as wings and dip, which are quite unhealthy. To make the best of the situation, hosts should try out some healthier recipes for a game day that people can enjoy without worry.
Healthy Hot Wings
Hot wings are a common offering at Super Bowl parties. With countless recipes to choose from, often including frying in batter, it can be hard to find a healthy option that tastes good. Healthy hot wings are possible, however, as long as the cook bakes them rather than fries them. Using less butter is also important. Flour, paprika, cayenne pepper, and a smidge of salt should be used to season the wings before placing them in the oven to bake. A mixture of hot sauce, butter, pepper, and garlic should get stirred into the wings afterward for a restaurant-style serving of the popular appetizer.
Pizza is another common offering at Super Bowl parties or any gatherings. Rather than ordering out, make homemade veggie pizza for everyone to enjoy. A low-fat cream cheese, dry ranch dressing, and low-fat mayonnaise will make up the “sauce” while veggies get added to finish off the toppings. It is a much healthier alternative than a pizza full of fattening cheese and meats. Broccoli, cucumbers, tomatoes, and carrots are all ideal choices and help create a color assortment that is quite nutritious.
Chips and Guacamole
Chips and dips are a common offering at many gatherings, but most combinations are high in calories and eaten in a high amount. Make homemade tortilla chips if possible for less salt intake, and use guacamole as the dip rather than store bought french dips and others filled with fat. It’s a much healthier alternative that many people still enjoy.
Drinks are necessary with all the food served, and plain water isn’t always liked by everyone. To keep it healthy while still having flavor, try fruit-infused water instead. The fruit flavors will go over well with the spices and veggies from the food offerings, making the drink a hit.
With some healthier food options at the Super Bowl party, hosts and their guests can enjoy some snacks and appetizers without guilt while watching the game. Plenty of healthy choices exist that still taste great. It’s just a matter of finding options you like and serving them up for everyone to enjoy come game day.
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