From avoiding fried chips to adding Greek yogurt to your spinach and artichoke dip, there are healthier options to the classic Super Bowl snack favorites. NY1's Jill Urban filed the following report.
According to the USDA, Super Bowl Sunday is the second-largest food consumption day after Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, all that overindulging often leaves us Monday morning quarterbacking with our diet.
Before you have regrets, NY1 asked Dana Bowen of "Every Day with Rachael Ray Magazine" for some healthy Super Bowl substitutions.
"It doesn't have to be a guilt trip," Bowen says. "With some easy shopping and swapping, you can eat delicious comfort foods that are good for you."
And you don't have to sacrifice taste. Using lean meats or low-fat cheeses can offer the same flavor. Her favorite secret swap is Greek yogurt, and it can be used in a few gameday favorites like spinach artichoke dip.
"Everyone loves spinach artichoke dip, but you don't need to put in all of that mayo. That has a ton of calories. Instead, use non-fat yogurt, which is super creamy and has no fat and has this great tanginess that goes really, really well with the spinach and artichokes," Bowen says.
If you are going to go healthy with the dip, you have to go healthy with the chip. Try and avoid fried chips. Instead, look for baked ones in the store or maybe make your own pita chips. Just cut up some pieces of pita and stick them in the oven until they're crispy.
Wings are the quintessential Super Bowl food, but they're often fried and drowned in syrupy sauce that’s loaded with sugar and sodium. So instead, Bowen suggests marinating them in Greek yogurt and hot sauce, and then baking and broiling them until they're crispy. They taste the same, just less greasy. Also, use that yogurt with a little blue cheese for a lighter dipping sauce.
"One game day food that doesn't need a makeover is guacamole. Avocados are a Super Bowl super food. They are so good for you and loaded with healthy fats that actually lower your cholesterol," Bowen says. "So we say embrace the guacamole. Set out a guacamole bar, make your classic, and then you can set out things like chicken and roasted corn. You can also put out things like pomegranates and walnuts, and it sort of becomes a meal in itself."
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