When you think about Super Bowl meals, what snacks come to your mind? Perhaps your answer is chicken wings or nachos. Although both of them are delicious, you don’t even want to imagine the amount of calories each of these snacks has. One serving of nachos can add up to more than 550 calories, while a serving of chicken wings packs can add up to 440 calories. It is not about eating just veggies and drinking water while watching the Super Bowl game; it is about making better choices of what goes into your mouth.
Rachel Berman, blogger from the Huffington Post, suggests some tips so you and your friends can enjoy tasty snacks without gaining unwanted pounds:
Avoid Saturated Fat
Consuming large amounts of saturated fats can raise your cholesterol levels, as well as cause heart disease. To avoid this, look for reduced-fat food in the grocery store that will allow you make healthier nachos and chicken wings. For instance, you can reduce the amount of meat and add more beans to a chili recipe, look for reduced-fat cheese, and replace the sour cream for Geek yogurt when preparing nachos. Similarly, you can make a healthier version of chicken wings by baking chicken tenders seasoned with your favorite spices.
Avoid Refined Carbohydrates
Instead of buying the common tortilla chips you use to make nachos, try using whole-wheat pitas cut in slices and lightly toasted in the oven. According to the Whole Grains Council website, if you eat whole grains instead of refined grains you may lower the risk of many chronic diseases such as diabetes, strokes, and heart disease.
If you are like many of us, you don’t conceive watching the Super Bowl without drinking beer. Of course, beer is synonym of celebration and having a good time with friends. However, if you drink to excess, you may gain some unwanted pounds because of the amount of calories each beer has and the mindless munching. Berman suggests to keep track of how much you drink and to stay away from the soda as much as you can. Also, be careful with the portions you serve to you and your guests.