Are you ready for some football? Fans across the country are gearing up for the biggest game of the year, and for many, this also means hosting or attending a Super Bowl party. To avoid indulging in trays of fried finger foods, bowls of chips and dip, and other traditional (and unhealthy!) Super Bowl Sunday snacks — which are likely to derail your diet — try these four South Beach Diet–friendly alternatives:
Instead of chips and dip … prepare a platter of fresh-cut veggies and hummus or salsa if you’re on Phase 1. If you’re on Phase 2 or 3, replace chips with toasted whole-wheat pita triangles and pair them with South Beach Diet-friendly dip like this Spinach and Artichoke Dip (Phase 1)
Instead of Buffalo wings … substitute Buffalo Chicken Bites (Phase 1) and serve with a South Beach Diet-friendly blue cheese sauce for dipping. You can prepare your own blue cheese sauce by mashing crumbled reduced-fat blue cheese and whisking it together with reduced-fat sour cream, mayonnaise, fresh lemon juice, vinegar, and hot pepper sauce.
Instead of pizza ... use portobello mushroom caps as your “crust” top them with some tomato sauce and shredded reduced-fat mozzarella cheese, and bake. You can add cooked low-fat turkey sausage or some diced ham if you like and season with fresh or dried herbs of your choice. If you’re on Phase 2, use whole-wheat or white whole-wheat flour to prepare a homemade crust, or toast a whole-wheat pita, and add your favorite toppings.
- Instead of fatty, buttery popcorn … enjoy a nut mix like our Spicy Nut Mix (Phase 1) on all Phases. If you’re on Phase 2 or 3, microwave a bag of trans-fat-free popcorn.
Game-Day Alcohol Reminder
If you’re on Phase 1, alcohol (including beer and wine) is off-limits, so stick to sugar-free sodas, flavored waters, vegetable-juice blends, diet tonic, club soda, seltzer (with lime), or water. If you’re on Phase 2 or 3, you can enjoy a modest amount of alcohol, like wine and light beer. It is recommended that women limit their intake to one alcoholic beverage a day, and men, to one to two a day.