Super Bowl Party Foods: Don’t Throw in the Towel on Eating Healthy

ThinkstockPhotos-487139314Football inflation aside, this year’s scandal might be the amount of calories you’ll be consuming at that Super Bowl party. But, with some planning, you can eat well AND maintain your New Year’s Resolution.

Did you know seven hot wings with bleu cheese dip, two servings of potato chips (about 24 chips), one slice of pepperoni pizza, two servings of hoagie dip, three cookies and four cans of beer equals more than 2500 calories and 100 grams of fat? Emily Rubin, RD, Clinical Dietitian in the Jefferson Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology has shared this and some tips to keep you healthier this Sunday. Oh, and a delicious, low-fat, easy, crockpot recipe that she put together with her twin boys.

Plan Ahead
Eat your favorite party food – wings, taco dip, hoagie dip, meatballs or sausage. Forget the foods you can always eat- like potato chips, tortilla chips, cookies, brownies and you will save 500 calories. Skip the bread-it can save you an extra 300 calories. Knowing portion sizes is also important.

Bring Healthy Treats
Hopefully the party has some healthy choices. If not, bring your own! Some options are shrimp cocktail, veggies with hummus or low-fat dressing, turkey pepperoni and low fat cheese. Nuts, pretzels and popcorn are also smarter snack options.

Stay Away from the Food Table
Walk around and talk to friends, try not to stand around the food table. Sit in a seat where you’ll have to get up to fill your plate. Hopefully you will be watching the game and forget about the food.

Go Light on the Alcohol
Drink light beer, wine, or vodka mixed with tonic. Pour your alcohol in a tall thin glass verses a short wide glass and you will actually drink less.

Did you know that 3500 kcal= 1 pound of weight? Just think about how many calories and pounds you are saving by choosing healthier options.

Recipe: Crockpot Pulled BBQ Chicken

6 large Chicken breasts

1 (40 oz.) bottle barbecue sauce

1/4 cup brown sugar

3/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder

1 3/4 teaspoons paprika

Place chicken in a slow cooker. In a bowl, mix the barbecue sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika brown sugar. Pour over the chicken.

Cover, and cook four hours on high or 7-8 hours on low.

Take chicken breast out of crock pot and shredded with 2 forks.

Place on a small Kaiser roll or eat plain if watching your carbohydrates

Nutrition Facts
Servings per recipe: 6
Serving Size: 1 serving

Nutrition Per Serving:
Calories 223.8
Total Fat 1.5 g
Saturated Fat 0.4 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.4 g
Cholesterol 68.4 mg
Sodium378.2 mg
Potassium379.4 mg
Total Carbohydrate 23.1 g
Dietary Fiber 0.9 g
Sugars 15.0 g
Protein 27.8 g
Vitamin A 0.5 %
Vitamin B 127.5 %
Vitamin B-6 35.4 %
Vitamin C 7.7 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 1.1 %
Calcium 2.3 %
Copper 3.9 %
Folate 3.6 %
Iron 5.3 %
Magnesium 9.5 %
Manganese 4.5 %
Niacin 66.4 %
Pantothenic Acid 10.2 %
Phosphorus 24.8 %
Riboflavin 7.0 %
Selenium 30.4 %
Thiamin 6.9 %
Zinc 6.9 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs

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