Gear up for the biggest sports event of the year with our delicious football fare
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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. It's no
secret that Super Bowl shindigs tend to offer some of the unhealthiest party
foods around, from fat-laden chips, dips, and Buffalo wings to pizza and beer.
But there's no need to derail your diet this Super Bowl Sunday! Just prepare
South Beach Diet-friendly versions of your favorite celebratory football fare.
Chips and Dip
parties are famous for having chips and heavy dips. Instead of filling up on potato
chips and onion dip or cheesy nachos with sour cream, enjoy our Creamy
Tex-Mex Bean Dip with Baked Tortilla Chips. This savory party snack
replaces the usual greasy chips with baked whole-wheat tortilla chips and uses
reduced-fat cream cheese instead of sour cream to prepare a rich and creamy
bean dip. The hot salsa, chili powder, and ground cumin give the dip an extra
flavor kick. If you're on Phase 1, you can enjoy fresh-cut veggies instead of
the tortilla chips with the bean dip or this Spinach
and Artichoke Dip.
may be Phase 2-friendly, but we all know that game day popcorn tends to be
smothered in butter or coated with caramel. But don't worry, you won't be
missing these more traditional versions when you try our Peppery
Cheese Popcorn. This simple recipe melts freshly grated Parmesan
cheese in the hot popcorn and gets a boost of flavor from butter-flavored
cooking spray and a dash of ground pepper and salt. On Phase 1, try this Spicy
Nut Mix. The roasted pecans, walnuts, and almonds take well to the
piquant flavors of ground cinnamon, ginger, cumin, cloves, and chili powder.
No Super Bowl party would be
complete without a plate of spicy, Buffalo-style chicken. On the South Beach
Diet, dark-meat chicken, which includes the legs, wings, and thighs, should be
avoided because of its higher fat content. But we gave this game-day favorite a
healthy spin with our Buffalo
Chicken Bites (Phase 1). Made with cubes of skinless, boneless
chicken breast sparked with red pepper sauce, these bite-sized appetizers are
paired with a reduced-fat version of the traditional cooling blue cheese
Pizza is another football party
mainstay. But instead of ordering in from your local pizza joint, make one of
our healthy South Beach Diet pizzas, so you have control over the ingredients.
Pizza and Grilled
Spinach, Garlic, and Goat Cheese Pizzas are guaranteed to be winning
touchdowns. The Portobello Pizza is perfect for Phase 1 because we use
portobello mushroom caps as the "crust." also If you like, you can add low-fat
turkey sausage or some diced ham and veggies to the suggested toppings and
season with fresh or dried herbs of your choice. On Phase 2, our Grilled
Spinach, Garlic, and Goat Cheese Pizzas are perfect for thin-crust lovers, plus
they feature a savory combination of creamy goat cheese, baby spinach, and plum
epic game day calls for a celebratory toast! 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. But if you're on Phase 2 or 3, you can enjoy a modest amount of alcohol,
like red or white 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. Check out
our alcohol dos and don'ts for more guidelines.
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