Super Bowl Sunday is here, and whether you’re heading to or hosting a party for the big game day, you might be wondering how to avoid loading up on fatty and unhealthy foods. After all, a Super Bowl Sunday party can be on the unhealthy side.
Pizza and wings may be the staple of the American Super Bowl party, but there’s no reason you can’t have these comfort foods while still being health-conscious.
Here are some tips to have a healthy (or healthier) Super Bowl Sunday party.
Super Bowl Sunday party without the wings? No way!
Bad news… Deep fried wings — the ones that are extra crispy — are not the best thing for your waistline (and your heart health), and because they are usually small, it’s easy to eat a lot of them without noticing.
But, there’s a solution. For this Super Bowl Sunday (and really, for every occasion) embrace the broiling, skip the frying.
One of the simplest ways to keep your guests knee-deep in wings of all flavors is to make them yourself — and you might even find they are less expensive this way!
Because chicken wings are tiny, they are easily cooked in a traditional oven. Not only will this avoid adding fats to your food and destroying good-for-you nutrients as deep frying tends to do, but cooking in a traditional oven will still give you a good crisp and will allow you to play with the flavors you want to offer guests.
To broil chicken wings to crispy perfection, place them on a baking tray and drizzle with some extra virgin olive oil (another great tip for your health). Broil them for approximately 12 minutes. Flip over and continue to broil for another 25 minutes. After the wings are cooked, you can toss them into a bowl of BBQ sauce, honey mustard sauce, balsamic vinegar or any other flavor your heart desires.
Enjoy your piece of the pie!
Pizza isn’t inherently evil; it’s got lots of good things like tomatoes, cheese, meat and veggies. The trouble with pizza comes with the amount of and type of ingredients used. Nutrition experts list the following ways to make a healthier pizza for Super Bowl Sunday party guests to enjoy.
- Use whole grain crust, either store-bought or homemade. You’ll be surprised at how good it tastes.
- Use lots of natural tomato sauce (skip the canned) and less cheese — tomato sauce is full of the powerful antioxidant, lycopene.
- When choosing cheese, select low-fat, no-fat or a vegetarian alternative.
- Avoid high-fat, processed meats like pepperoni and sausage, which are not so good for your heart. Select healthier meats such as chicken, ground turkey, seafood or just go straight for veggies only.
- Even if you have meat on the pizza, find a way to incorporate more vegetables. Onions, mushrooms, peppers and spinach are popular additions when trying to combine a veggie with a meat product.
- Experiment; in addition to natural tomato sauce, use whole organic tomatoes and large slices of healthy cheese. A pizza can be made of almost anything you want—have fun inventing! Or host a Super Bowl Sunday pre-party where everyone makes their own pizza!
There’s more to drinks than soda and beer!
Even for those looking forward to a few drinks with friends on Super Bowl Sunday, it might be exciting to try alternative drinks… which are also good for you.
- Flavored water: You can purchase flavored water or make your own at home. According to a report from the Huffington Post, you can make your own flavored water at home by cutting up your favorite fruits or vegetables and letting them sit in a pitcher of water for several hours.
- Flavored seltzer water: For people missing the fizz associated with soda, flavored seltzer water is a healthier alternative. Use a little juice to add some flavor, and you have a soda-like beverage with significantly less sugar.
- Iced coffee: Sometimes people are looking for the rush associated with energy drinks, soda and alcohol. For these people, flavored iced coffee might be the solution. Individuals should be cautioned, however, that an abundance of caffeine carries with it its own risks and iced coffee should be drank in moderation.
- Fruit smoothies: Fruit contains natural sugars, so people looking to cut back might want to avoid too many fruit smoothies. These drinks can be a fun addition to a Super Bowl Sunday party, however, especially if children are around and want to feel like a part of the adult group.
- Natural sodas: For the busy party host who doesn’t have a lot of time to spend concocting special drinks, Diabetes Daily notes there are some healthy alternatives to traditional soda in the grocery store. One of these products is natural soda, which still has a lot of carbohydrates but makes a good alternative to most commercial diet sodas.
- Virgin cocktails: If you want to set a good example for your kids, reduce the risk of car accidents and give your liver a break, you can still enjoy exotic cocktails, minus the alcohol!
- Fruit platters: Fruits are a great way to keep your guests cool and healthy. Watermelons, apples, grapes, pineapple and a few nuts could make a great platter for everyone to munch on.