The Super Bowl is here and with it comes the end of football (a sad day in the Braddock home) and the super comsumption of calories. Part of the promlem is that the game is so dang long. Most people snack and snack and snack. At the end of the night, it's likely you've consumed the national average of about 1200 calories for the night.
If you are looking for some tips for lightening up your spread this year, I have a few ideas using the guidelines for heart healthy eating. (It is American Heart Month after all.) Hopefully you caught my segment on Good Morning Jacksonville today but if you didn't, here it is.
The basics of heart healthy eating are:
- High fiber from whole grain, fruits, vegetables and beans
- Lean proteins sources
- Limit added salt and sugar
- Enjoy helathy fats
Super Bowl Strategies
- Provide healthy options
- Focus on high fiber foods to fill you up on less quantity. Use veggie slices with your dips. Use whole grain chips and bean dips
- Provide low calorie beverage options. Alternate water with other drinks. Try flavored sparkling water.
Grilled Buffalo Chicken Skewers
1 jar of your favorite buffalo sauce
Chicken tenderloins (about 2 per guest)
6" bamboo skewers
Yogurt based blue cheese dressing (like Bolthouse Farms)
- Put chicken in a tupperware and cover with about half the bottle of wing sauce. Marinate in fridge for 30 minutes.
- Preheat grill pan or grill to medium heat.
- Skewer eat tenderloin on one bamboo stick, starting at the bottom and stopping about three quarters of the way up.
- Coat grill with non stick spray or oil. Grill eat tenderloin till done, about three minutes per side.
- Serve with extra buffalo sauce and blue cheese dressing.
Thin Crust Pizza Bites
4 large whole grain wraps (like Flat Outs)
1 jar pizza sauce
2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
Toppings of choice - turkey pepperoni, fresh basil and tomatoes, and more!
- Preheat oven to 350 degress. Bake wrap (without anything on it) for 4 minutes, then flip and bake 4 minutes longer.
- Top pre-baked wrap with tomatoe sauce, cheese and toppings. Bake for 6 more minutes or until cheese is melted.
- Let cool for a few minutes. Cut into bite size pieces.