The Super Bowl is one of our country’s most important and treasured events and just like national holidays, it includes parties with lots of food.
Football parties often start long before kickoff and can include meals and snacks full of salt, fat and sugar like crispy chicken wings, cheesy dips, nachos and pizza.
But when friends and family gather on February 7 for the big game this year, why not make a healthy choice? That way, no matter which team tops the scoreboard, you’ll come out feeling like a winner. Here are some party tips from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Tarrant County Public Health Department.
· Make healthier versions of your favorites by swapping out ingredients, like using Greek yogurt or low fat sour cream to make dips. Bake or grill foods instead of frying them.
· Smart food options can include roasted or smoked turkey, shrimp cocktail, fresh fruits and vegetables and salsa and bean-based dips.
· Choose a smaller plate, like a dessert plate or a salad plate. It may help you eat less and feel more satisfied.
· Use vegetables instead of crackers or chips to scoop dip.
· Drink water or sparkling water with a splash of fruit juice instead of soda, sweet tea or alcoholic beverages.
· When you are full, chew a piece of gum or eat a mint to prevent further eating.
Here is a recipe for Baked Buffalo Wings from JPS Executive Chef Leon Rivera.
Chicken wings (whole or cut in half with tips off), 5 pounds
Olive oil, 1 tablespoon
Salt, 1 tablespoon
Pepper, ½ tablespoon
Buffalo sauce (for marinade), ¼ cup
Buffalo sauce, ½ cup
Butter (unsalted), 1 tablespoon
Water, 1 tablespoon
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. Mix wings, oil, salt, pepper and ¼ cup buffalo sauce in a large bowl. Let the wings marinate - overnight is best.
3. Put the remaining ½ cup buffalo sauce, butter and water in a small pot. Heat on low until it comes to a simmer.
4. Place wings on a large sheet pan and put in the oven. Cook them through until the skin is crispy, about 35 to 40 minutes. You will know they are done when the meat starts to pull away from the bone.
5. Toss the baked wings with the buffalo sauce mixture and serve.