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Big Game No Guilt Snacking

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superbowlThe Big Game is on for Sunday, and while the players will be burning it off, most people will be packing it on. Check out my latest appearance on The Daily Buzz TV show with my no-guilt Big Game snacks!

The Super Bowl is one of the biggest eating events of the year. The key is snacks. More than half of fans say they eat throughout the entire game.

A big favorite is dips and spreads. More than 71 million pounds of Hass avocados will be consumed during Super Bowl parties this year--enough to cover the stadium end zone to end zone, more than 27 feet deep in avocados!  One-fifth of a medium Hass avocado has 50 calories and nearly 20 vitamins and minerals.  They are great in guacamole, but you can use them in all kinds of dishes from salads, soups, sandwiches, to entrees and desserts.

For a fun way to display your guacamole, check out the Field of Guacamole.  To boost the fruit and vegetable intake at your party, try this produce-rich Tropical Salsa Guacamole.  This salsa boasts pineapple, avocados, and mangos--one of my favorites!  Mangos  are power-packed with antioxidants beta carotene and Vitamin C, and contain over 20 vitamins and minerals!  They’re also a good source of fiber.  Don’t know how to choose a mango?  Give it a gentle squeeze and it should have a slight give.

Of course you’re going to have chips!   Want all the flavor but half the fat of fried chips?  Check out the new super share bag from popchips!  No trans fat, certified gluten free, nothing fake or phony--give them try!

Instead of greasy wings, check out these Buffalo Chicken Bites.  They use skinless chicken and dip into fat free blue cheese dressing.  Instead of frying the chicken, sauté it with Promise spread that has no hydrogenated oil, no trans fat and 70% less sat fat than butter.  And it's delicious!

Instead of potato skins loaded down in bacon and cheese, add a little sweetness to the table with Southern Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes also using a trans fat free spread (this time I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter). 

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MS, RD, CSSD, LD/N

Tara Gidus is a nationally recognized expert and spokesperson on nutrition and fitness.

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