Go Niners! Just in time for the Big Game, here are my favorite Slim Solutions for Super Bowl Parties.
Since the four essential food groups of Super Bowl are chips and dips; pizza; wings; and beer. Eating these can set you back more than 2,500 calories and two day’s worth of fat—all before the fourth quarter begins. Using my Slim Solutions can help you shave hundreds of calories from your Game Day menu playbook.
Super Bowl Food Stats
If you’re not impressed with the stats of the teams and their players come Sunday, you may find the quantity of food consumed by those watching the game to be impressive.
80 million pounds of avocados
30 million pounds of snack foods
11 million pounds of potato chips
8 million pounds of tortilla chips
4 million pounds each, pretzels and popcorn
4.5 million pizzas
2.5 million pounds of snacks nuts
1.25 billion chicken wings
50 million cases of beer
$240 million on soft drinks
Use the “Slim Solutions” below and have a leaner Game Day menu.
Eating while watching your team can lead to mindless munching, so pistachios are a great option because they put a break on mindless eating. The shell helps moderate consumption and the leftover shells serve as a visual reminder of how much you’ve eaten. Pistachios have more protein and fiber compared other nuts, and that can make you fuller longer.
Serve a huge veggie tray at your party and focus on veggies that offer the must crunch-worthy satisfaction like carrot chips, baby carrots and sugar snap peas. Serve up baked snacks instead of fried chips to shave calories and fat grams. Some options: Popcorn, Pirate’s Booty, CrunchMaster crackers and baked pita chips. Check out our guide to all-star chips.
Gucamole is a Game Day essential and to make it lower in calories, simply add more tomato to it to make more of an GucaSala. Slim down Game Day dips by using nonfat plain Greek yogurt in place of sour cream. Using a cup of nonfat Greek yogurt in place of regular sour cream shaves off 315 calories and 45 grams of fat from the recipe. Other skinny dips include hummus and bean dip. For some great dip recipes, check out these from SkinnyTaste.com.
A fried chicken wing with Buffalo sauce and a Ranch of Blue Cheese dressing can pack in nearly 100 calories per wing! That’s about the worst option of all main dishes to serve. A better option is to use chicken tenders and bake or grill them with a Buffalo sauce instead. Or, go with sliders made from ground sirloin or 95% lean ground beef; or make a turkey or salmon burger. If you make them slider size, you’ll serve up a protein-rich calorie bargain.
If you’re serving up pizza, go for thin crust and get double the veggies and half the cheese. You can shave up to 100 calories per slice with those simple swaps.
As an official food group of football, beer is required if it’s a real football party. There are 150 calories in a bottle of regular and 95-100 in most light beers. But if you try a new extra light choices, like MGD 64, Budweiser Select 54 or Beck’s Premier Light you’ll not only have a skinnier sip, you’ll help damper the appetite-stimulating impact of alcohol.
One gadget that’s always present in my Super Bowl party is my SodaStream machine. I will use it to turn ordinary water into fizzy beverages and then I don’t have any soda bottle empties to deal with after the game is over and my guests have left.
This recipe is from Nancy Fox, of Skinny Kitchen. If you haven’t checked out Skinny Kitchen, be sure to do so for great, calorie-controlled recipes.
Ingredients for Meatballs
1 egg, I like Eggland’s Best eggs
1 cup onions, finely chopped
¼ cup cornmeal
1 (1 oz) package Lawry’s taco seasoning
2 tablespoons salsa
1 pound extra lean ground beef or turkey, see shopping tip
Ingredients for Tostadas
48 Tostitos Baked Scoops, see shopping tip
3 cups romaine lettuce, shredded or chopped fine
½ cup Nancy’s Skinny Ranch Dressing or fat-free sour cream
½ cup salsa, I like Pace Medium Chunky Salsa or your favorite
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Coat a baking pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, mix together egg, onions, cornmeal, taco seasonings and salsa.
Add beef or turkey and blend well.
3. Using a measuring tablespoon, scoop 1 level tablespoon for each meatball and roll into a ball. Repeat to make 48 meatballs. Place meatballs on a baking pan. Bake, uncovered, for about 12 minutes, until cooked completely. These can be prepped in advance and reheated before serving. They also freeze well.
4. To assemble each mini tostada: Place 1 tablespoon lettuce in each baked scoop. Drizzle with ½ teaspoon ranch or sour cream. Add 1 meatball. Drizzle ½ teaspoon salsa on top of each. Repeat to make 48 meatballs.
5. Serve at once.
Makes 48 mini meatball tostadas
Another great recipe: Her 131-calorie Skinny Sliders with carmelized onions.
- 2 Ripe Fresh Hass Avocados, seeded, peeled and diced
- 2 1arge ripe tomato, diced
- 1/4 cup chopped red onion
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 Tbsp fresh cilantro
- 1 large lime, juice only
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/4 tsp salt
- In medium bowl, combine all ingredients.
- Toss well and maintain chunky consistency.
Share your slim solutions for super bowl parties below. Tell us what will you be serving and eating come Sunday.