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Superbowl Sunday is the 2nd largest food consumption day for Americans after Thanksgiving, according to the USDA. With barbeque-smothered fried chicken and fries, we’re sure to rack up the calories. So here are some changes we can make to our football eats.
Turkey and bean chili: Here’s a recipe from a fellow blogger
1. Veggies with hummus and guacamole – Prepare a plate of carrots, cucumbers, peppers and celery. Make your own or buy a container of hummus and/or guacamole and mix in some pomegranate seeds and walnuts pieces.
2. Bake-it-yourself chips – Cut up slices of potatoes, sweet potatoes, beets, and/or squash, drizzle some extra-virgin olive oil on top, sprinkle a ½ teaspoon of salt, ½ teaspoon of ground pepper, and place in the oven. Cook them on a baking pan at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until crisp.
3. Spicy Popcorn – Instead of drowning your popcorn in salt and butter, spice it up by shaking some pepper, paprika or cumin! Be sure to opt for non-butter and unsalted or lightly salted popcorn.
4. Chips and homemade salsa – Opt for the whole-grain chips, or bake your own pita chips, by placing square-cut pita bread into the oven. Follow this step-by-step recipe for salsa and you’ll be sure to get complements from your guests!
5. Fruits – Prepare a large bowl filled with slices and chunks of colorful fruits, including but not limited to, pineapples, kiwi, grapes, honeydew, oranges and berries. Have a bowl of crushed walnuts on the side for a protein bonus!
Since you’ll most likely be munching on snacks and chili all game long, stick with water to save yourself the extra calories. If you must drink alcohol, opt for the lower-calorie beers, such as Guinness Draught, Sam Adams Light Lager or I.C. Light.