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5 Simple Ways to Score Big: Fun, Flavorful and Healthy on Super Bowl Sunday!

by Wendy Bazilian, DrPH, RD

1. Chips. Come on, you know you want that salty crunch of potato chips. Instead of those so-out-of-style traditional potato chips, choose trendy-and-nutritious air-popped chips like Pop Chips or try baked lentil chips made with lentil flour. You sacrifice nothing and gain everything. Baked chips made from lentil flour like
Mediterranean Snacks Baked Lentil Chips and
Trader Joe’s Baked Lentil Chips have on average 70% less fat than regular chips, 3 grams of fiber and even a respectable 4 grams of protein. Plus you get twice as many for the same calories with all the flavor and crunch.

2. Nach-OH-NOs! Just don’t start with the nachos. A plate of nachos can put you back the equivalent of eating 2 cheeseburgers and a small fries in calories. Instead make Tiny Taco Towers baked corn tortilla chips like Guiltless Gourmet Blue Corn chips
or Garden of Eatin’ baked yellow corn chips ‘built’ tall into cute little towers layered with black bean dip, a little guacamole, salsa and a sprinkle of grated cheese. Pretty (yet macho enough for the guys), tasty, satisfying, and nutritious, too.

3. Pizza. A staple at many Super Bowl parties. Here’s the trick: ask the pizza place to double-cut the slices giving you 16 slices instead of eight in a large pie. Let’s face it: three slices are still three slices, just here you’ll have a way to pace yourself for half the calories. Choose veggie lovers over meat lovers pies and you slash 100 artery clogging calories per slice. Choose thin crust over deep dish and you save 100-150 calories per slice, leaving room for other tasty foods, an adult beverage, or a dessert . . .without the guilt.

4. Dips to Do! (Dips to Don’t.) Think red and green (salsa and guac) over anything white or cheesy. That trace of spinach and artichoke literally chokes in that familiar dip running close to 2,100 calories and a full day’s fat in a traditional recipe for spinach and artichoke dip which is loaded with two kinds of cheese, mayonnaise AND sour cream! Instead, guacamole is creamy without cream, rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and lutein an antioxidant that gives the avocado its beautiful green hue. What’s more, when you alternate the dips you make in the guacamole with a hearty dip into the fresh salsa, not only do you spread out the calories, but you actually boost the absorption of the tomato’s lycopene, an important antioxidant that helps protect heart health.

5. Beverage Patrol: watch those bevvies! Calories for drinks can add up fast . . .and from alcohol may also dial up your nibbling and noshing. Keep an eye on your consumption by sipping not glugging, drinking from smaller glasses, and alternating with a glass of water in between a first and second adult libation.

Remember: a well-played game starts and ends with a winning strategy! May YOU (and your team) win!

Wendy Bazilian (www.wendybazilian.com) is a doctor of public health, registered dietitian and freelance writer in San Diego. She is also the Nutrition Advisor at the renowned Golden Door and Co-owner of Bazilian’s Health Clinic with her husband and business partner, Dr. Jason Bazilian. Dr. Wendy is author of The SuperFoodsRx Diet (Rodale).

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