Super Bowl game plan for a healthier party
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.”
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.