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 super excited about 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
Bowl parties are famous for having fatty chips and heavy dips. Instead of
filling up on potato chips and onion dip, enjoy our far healthier
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. Hot
salsa, chili powder, and ground cumin give the dip an extra flavor kick. If
you're on Phase 1, have fresh-cut veggies with the bean dip or enjoy 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 you won't be
missing these unhealthy versions when you try our Peppery
Cheese Popcorn. This simple recipe tosses the hot popped popcorn with a light coating of butter-flavored cooking spray and some ground black pepper. Then freshly grated Parmesan cheese is added along with a sprinkling of salt and more ground pepper to taste. Since you can't have popcorn if you're on Phase 1, make a batch of our Spicy
Nut Mix instead and enjoy in moderation. The roasted pecans, walnuts, almonds, soy nuts, and edamame are delicious coated with ground cinnamon, ginger, cumin, cloves, and chili powder.
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 wings, should be avoided because of its higher fat content. So we
gave this game-day favorite a healthy spin with our Buffalo
Chicken Bites. 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 dipping sauce.
is another football party mainstay. But instead of ordering a pepperoni-laden, white crush pie 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." You can also 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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