Many Super Bowl party goers will have a difficult time backing away from wings, chips, dip, pizza and other buffet goodies on game day. Rebecca Kraay is a dietitian with Nebraska Medicine and says swapping out a few ingredients can make a big difference in the calorie count.
Kraay says, “Dips can be higher in fat and higher in calories. A good alternative is utilizing a low-fat plain Greek yogurt is a good alternative for mayo or a sour cream you may find in dips. You can also utilize lo-fat plain Greek yogurt, mix it with a package of dry ranch or whatever your favorite seasoning is and that makes a great dip.”
Kraay says it is amazing how creative people have become with vegetables. Instead of a few carrots and celery sticks on a plate people are using cauliflower to make pizza crust. They are also roasting the flowerets and seasoning them to make a fantastic low calorie snack food. She says baked zucchini and sweet potatoes fries are a great alternative to the deep fried french fry. Chili is also a great option as it is packed with fiber and protein.
When it comes to the beverage table, Kraay says making a few swaps can save a bunch of calories. She says selecting light beer alone is a good option. For those who drink hard liquor try mixing it with diet soda or sparkling flavored water instead of juice and sugar packed sodas.