Su­per Bowl game plan for a health­ier party

StarMetro Calgary - - DAILY LIFE - Bill Da­ley

Su­per Bowl par­ties don’t have to get bogged down with lots of fat, calo­ries or sug­ars. Kick your game day menu up a cou­ple of points with health­ier al­ter­na­tives to some pop­u­lar recipes. Go into it, too, with a game plan on how to eat smart whether you’re the host or guest be­cause you know you’re go­ing to eat and eat and eat.

“It’s the un­of­fi­cial Amer­i­can hol­i­day, and it’s cel­e­brated by eat­ing,” says Paul Kita, food and nu­tri­tion ed­i­tor at Men’s Health. “There’s a dif­fer­ence be­tween in­dulging and overindulging.”

Kita, au­thor of Men’s Health cook­book A Man, A Pan, A Plan, ad­mits he’s guilty of go­ing to a party and overeat­ing. Then there’s the Su­per Bowl, which he notes of­fers both a long game time and such tra­di­tional good­ies as Buf­falo chicken wings and brown­ies.

“Part of what the Su­per Bowl is about is va­ri­ety,” said Jack Bishop, chief cre­ative of­fi­cer for Amer­ica’s Test Kitchen. “Peo­ple want to see op­tions.”

Here are some tips from Kita and Bishop to put your Su­per Bowl party into play.

Hit the veg­gies first. The fi­bre may help pre­vent overeat­ing later.

Kita said hosts can make their own tray stocked with “sur­pris­ing and de­li­cious” foods, in­clud­ing sugar snap peas, ji­cama, mul­ti­coloured car­rots from the farm­ers mar­ket, even kale chips fresh from the oven.

Bishop ze­ros in on dips. Add pureed sweet potato to hum­mus, gar­nish gua­camole with pomegranate seeds and roasted pepi­tas. Don’t for­get your dip­pers — look to whole grain chips or raw veg­eta­bles, he said.

Also, some craft beers are more caloric than oth­ers. How to tell which is the lighter brew?

“Look at the al­co­hol by vol­ume,” Kita said. “Higher the al­co­hol, the more calo­ries.” Read more at thes­tar.com/life

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Get­ting some fi­bre quickly through hit­ting the veg­gie plat­ter might help pre­vent overeat­ing dur­ing a Su­per Bowl party. The NFL’s cham­pi­onship game takes place on Feb. 3.

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