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More Big Game Ideas

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We are only 2 days from the big game on Sunday, so I am sure you are deep into planning your menus. I have a few suggestions, of course. Make sure you read my number one suggestion from my post earlier this week about guacamole.

Nuts
Did you know that we eat 2.5 million pounds of nuts during the Super Bowl? The nuts I like are pistachios because they are a mindful snack. The shells make a serving appear larger, slows down how fast you can eat them, and acts as a reminder of how much you've eaten. Research shows that you eat 50% fewer calories with in-shell nuts vs shelled nuts.

Veggie Tray
Get a nice assortment of raw veggies like baby carrots, celery, grape tomatoes, sugar snap peas, mushrooms, and broccoli. If you are feeling crazy, throw in some sliced red pepper. Pair it with low fat dip.

Crackers
You need to get some crackers, and my pick is Wheat Thins Fiber Selects. They taste great and are surprisingly crunchy. They have whole grains and 5 grams of fiber per serving. That fiber helps you manage your hunger and is good for digestive health.

Chips
Instead of traditional potato chips, I love potato Popchips! They are not baked (dry) or fried (high fat), but rather popped (sort of like popcorn!). They are so tasty that I can't keep my hands out of the bag! They have less than half the fat of regular fried chips with no trans or saturated fat.

Brats
Everyone wants a good brat while watching football, but who wants all of that fat? Shadybrook Farms has a lean turkey sausage that is 2/3 less fat than traditional pork or beef bratwurst varieties. More than half the fat is from unsaturated sources, too!

Lasagna
Michael Angelo's has a few great family sized entrees for your Super Bowl party. They have a regular meat lasagna (310 calories, 13 grams of fat) or veggie lasagna (260 calories, 10 grams of fat) or my personal fave eggplant parmesan (250 calories, 15 grams of fat).

Beer
Of course you need beer, so why not get one that is as light as it gets? MGD64 is only 64 calories! Perfect for anyone who wants to watch calories but still indulge in the festivities.
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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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