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Next to Thanksgiving, the Super Bowl is a big day for food.

If yours is like many families, your game day menu may include plenty pizza, buffalo wings, chips and queso, and soda. Not exactly healthy snacks, right?

With a little planning, you can serve lighter dishes that will have you and your guests feeling great after the game, no matter which team wins.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends serving foods like fresh veggies and low-fat dip, fruit kabobs, and sandwiches made with lean meat and whole grain bread or tortillas. For a bit of crunch, try popcorn, pretzels with mustard dip or baked tortilla chips and salsa.

Click here for an easy recipe for chili from Kids Eat Right, a heart-healthy dish that you can make vegetarian, with ground turkey or with ground beef. This recipe calls for a lot of different ingredients but you can add and leave out items and spices depending on what you have on hand and what your family likes.

Chili is a great way to sneak in servings of vegetables and fiber-rich beans, and you can make it ahead of time and serve it in a slow cooker during the game. Any leftovers can be packed for a hearty lunch.

Food safety: Super Bowl parties often start long before kickoff (it’s at 5:30 p.m. CST, by the way) and continue through the halftime show and the presentation of the Vince Lombardi Trophy. So be sure to keep food out of the “danger zone”: between 40 and 140F degrees. Use a heat source like a warming tray or slow cooker to keep food hot. Keep cold food chilled by placing serving dishes in bowls of ice or using small serving trays. Refrigerate foods within two hours.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has these recommendations for a food-safe buffet. The tipsheet includes a recipe for fresh salsa that uses fresh garlic and fresh lime juice to protect against Salmonella.

The CDC also has these tips for guys for how to have a safe and healthy Super Bowl celebration.


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