Super Bowl Snacks: Make Healthy Swaps!

by The Nutrition Twins

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If your neighborhood is anything like ours then Super Bowl weekend means the supermarkets are packed - carts stuffed with soda and chips as well as ingredients for making chili.While Big Game parties are a ton of fun, we’re the first to admit they can be a challenge if you’re trying to eat healthier. Super Bowl game day is the biggest calorie fest of the year besides Thanksgiving and the average person will consume an entire day’s worth of calories in just three hours.

Eeks! We certainly don’t want to do that and Tammy definitely doesn’t want her daughters filling up on all of the less-than-healthy foods that are often part of the celebration.

Luckily, this year, we’re hosting.  Here are some of our ways to lighten up the typical Big Game spread so guests won’t leave feeling sacked:

Did you know an estimated 28 million pounds of potato chips are consumed during the Big Game?!

Crunch Time Swap: Bench regular fried potato chips and choose a better-for-you alternative like Pirate’s Booty, which has all the yummy fun with half the fat and fewer calories.  Pirate’s Booty is gluten-free and made in a peanut and tree-nut free facility, so it’s a great option if anyone has food allergies.  Pirate’s Booty is baked, all-natural and trans-fat free too - touchdown!

Sack the main course with these healthy swaps...

Sub sandwiches: swap mayo for mustard, use low-fat cheese and lean meats like turkey and chicken.  Also, pile on those veggies!

Chili: Making chili? Swap out ground beef for a leaner meat like ground turkey breast in your pot of chili to cut down on fat and calories.  We also add extra tomatoes and bell pepper to help make it lower in calories per serving.

Pizza: If you go for pizza, opt for the meat free versions with lots of veggies and stick to a slice. 

Tackle the beverage bulge:

Opt for light beer or water instead of regular beer or soda and watch consumption to avoid belly bloat and the extra calories.

Steer clear of mixed drinks which are high in sugar and calories from alcohol and the sweet mixers.

Sweet Victory!

A fruit platter served with vanilla yogurt for dipping is a great healthy choice and healthy cookies are always a win!  Check out the great recipe below that we found.  We’re excited for our guests to try it!

Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookies (Just 5 minutes to make!)

  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder or cacao powder (10g)
  • 3/4 cup quick oats (60g)
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp oat flour (or make your own by blending oats in a food processor until they become powder. Measure after blending.) (60g)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp xylitol or sugar (62g)
  • 1 1/2 tsp instant coffee granules (we suggest using a decaf)
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips or mini chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil or coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

 

Directions: In a mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients and stir very well. In a cup, combine liquid ingredients, then pour wet into dry and stir until incorporated fully. Transfer to a plastic bag and smush into a ball. Now you can roll into smaller balls or fridge until a little firmer.

(Note: if you use coconut oil, these cookies will harden when chilled, but they go back to being soft if left out.) You could also bake these if you wish. For gluten-free: be sure to use certified-gf oats and oat flour.
Recipe from www.chocolatecoveredkatie.com

The Nutrition Twins are working with Pirates Booty this Super Bowl to remind people that healthy snacks are available.

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