Watching the big game without snacks would be like peanut butter without the jelly – the two go hand-in-hand. We can all agree, snacks are a necessary element to enjoying the festivities. What’s not necessary are all those extra calories that come along with most snack foods.
If you still intend to stick with your New Year’s Resolution to get (and stay) healthy, you might want to rethink some of the traditional finger foods that are usually offered on game day.
Most appetizers are deep fried, salty, and/or full of monosaturated fats – all things that will disrupt your diet. But this doesn’t have to be the case. You can find healthier versions of your favorite snacks and eliminate the guilt of “cheating” on your diet.
You can start by switching out some of the ingredients in your go-to snacks for healthier alternatives. Like, instead of tortilla chips and queso dip, try opting for baked, lower-sodium chips and bean dip. You’ll get the same feeling of chips and cheese, but with less fat and more fiber.
It never hurts to put out a veggie platter either. If you can switch out one serving of a less-healthy snack for one serving of veggies, you’ll save on calories and fill up on all the right things.
There’s one dish that’s always a hit – wings.
To help you have a sure-to-please (and healthy!) party snack, we found a recipe from Fed & Fit food blog for crispy baked buffalo wings. Don’t worry, though – you’d never guess these were a healthy version of regular buffalo wings. If you don’t mention it, your guests will never know the difference!
So have fun today cheering on your favorite team. And when the temptation to indulge in fatty snacks hits, reach for a healthier option. You’ll be glad you did.
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