Foods for a healthy and hearty Super Bowl menu

January 28, 2013

If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party, guests will be expecting a hearty and delicious array of foods. After all, what’s Super Bowl Sunday without the food? Typically there’s greasy wings, pizza and chips to be served up for kickoff which are loaded with fat and sodium. However delicious these menu items may be, they certainly don’t fall under the category of ‘health foods.’ In fact, according to Health magazine, the average football fan consumes about a day’s worth of calories during the game. Luckily, there are foods you can offer up your guests that will be healthy and leave your guests and their palettes pleased. Here are a few Super Bowl inspired ideas:

Lemon drop chicken wings
Of course you can’t have a proper Super Bowl party without wings. Luckily, you can still satisfy your guests without all of the fat and grease that often comes with this popular dish. These crowd-pleasers have a tangy lemon taste and are baked rather than fried. With five simple ingredients of vodka, lemon juice, sugar, olive oil and chicken wings, this recipe is a triple-threat: easy, delicious and healthy!

Bean dip
Dips are a game-day essential. But they don’t have to be packed with calories! Eating Well suggested a southwestern bean dip that’s low in fat and calories by including reduced-fat sour cream and black beans, salsa and fresh vegetables. According to The Huffington Post, beans are packed with protein, vitamins, antioxidants and no cholesterol. You could also opt for avocados in your dip for a creamy taste, good fats and fiber to keep you full.

Chocolate-covered cereal mix
Cover pretzels, almonds and wheat cereal (something like Chex works well) in chocolate for a sweet and salty snack that everyone is sure to enjoy. And according to OrganicFacts.net, almonds are good for the brain, lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart disease and even help care for your skin! Opt for dipping this delicious snack in dark chocolate rather than milk chocolate. Just like almonds, dark chocolate has been shown to be good for your heart by lowering blood pressure. The sweet stuff is also packed full of antioxidants, which fights cancer and aging.

If time allows before the big game, jump on a recumbent exercise bike or elliptical machine to get in a quick workout and help you burn those calories. Turn to TRUE Fitness for a wide array of bikes, treadmills and ellipticals that will give you the effective workout you’re looking for. TRUE delivers the best fitness equipment with preset programs to help you reach your exercise goals and keep comfortable at the same time.