Thursday, February 2, 2012

Super Bowl Sunday: Bite this instead!

Super Bowl Sunday is fast approaching and so is the typical Super Bowl Sunday food. Whether you are a Giants or Patriots fan, one thing remains the same Super Bowl Sunday is about friends, football, and food!

Let’s look at the facts:

  •  69.6 million pounds of avocados are expected to be consumed.
  •  A whopping 450 million chicken wings are eaten during the game.
  •  14,500 tons of chips are devoured.
  •  Beer…lots of beer! To be exact 51.7 million cases of beer are consumed
  •  Plus, Super Bowl Sunday is the second largest day of consumption, following only Thanksgiving. Yikes!

Therefore, I have begun my search on developing the biggest food safety net possible to prevent a calorie consumption nightmare! My favorite sources for developing my safety net are: Weight Watchers, Robard Weight Loss Blog, and Eat this, Not that: David Zinczenko’s Guide to Super Bowl Snacks.

Here are a few of my favorite recipe replacements:

Instead of Chicken Wings try these Chicken Poppers! They are yummy!

Chicken Poppers

Weight Watchers Recipe
 PointsPlus Value 6

Prep time: 12 min

Cook time: 15 min

Serves: 4

We seasoned the coating on these poppers to add amazing flavor to a bar-food favorite. They'll fly off the plate on Super Bowl Sunday.


3 spray(s) cooking spray

1 pound(s) uncooked boneless skinless chicken breast(s), cut into 1-inch cubes

1/2 cup(s) fat-free egg substitute

1/2 cup(s) dried plain bread crumbs, plain or whole wheat, toasted

1/4 cup(s) uncooked cornmeal

1/4 tsp garlic salt

1/4 tsp table salt

1/4 tsp paprika

1/4 tsp black pepper

1/4 cup(s) fat free salsa

1/4 cup(s) fat-free mayonnaise

1 Tbsp cilantro, fresh, minced
·                  Preheat oven to 425°F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
·                  Place egg substitute in a shallow bowl. In another shallow bowl, combine bread crumbs, cornmeal, garlic salt, salt, paprika and pepper.
·                  Dip chicken in egg substitute and then in bread crumb mixture; turn to coat. Place chicken on prepared baking sheet; coat with cooking spray. Bake for 5 minutes, flip over and bake until chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes more.
·                  Meanwhile, to make sauce, in a small bowl, combine salsa, mayonnaise and cilantro; stir well. Yields about 6 nuggets and 2 tablespoons of sauce per serving.

When you dip I dip you dip? Try dipping in this instead!
Creamy Mexican Dip

Weight Watchers Recipe
PointsPlus Value 2
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 0 min
Serves: 8
Perfect for a party. Serve with fresh vegetables as well as chips for a total crowd pleaser.

1 cup(s) plain fat-free yogurt, Greek-variety recommended

1/2 cup(s) fat free salsa, hot chipotle variety suggested

1/2 medium avocado, diced

1/3 cup(s) cilantro, fresh, chopped

1/2 small uncooked red onion(s), chopped

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp table salt, or more to taste


1/4 medium avocado, diced

1 Tbsp cilantro, fresh, chopped

1 Tbsp uncooked red onion(s), chopped
·                  In a medium bowl, stir together yogurt and salsa until blended; stir in remaining ingredients except garnishes. Cover and refrigerate up to 1 day.
·                  When ready to serve, transfer to a serving bowl and sprinkle with garnishes. Yields about 1/4 cup per serving.
·                  This dip combines all those favorite Mexican flavors like salsa, avocado and cilantro using fat-free Greek yogurt instead of sour cream.

It also makes a wonderful topping for tacos or other Mexican foods — and then you don't have to set out separate bowls of salsa, sour cream, avocado, cilantro and onion.

Give that traditional chili the boot and give this turkey chili a try!
Hearty Turkey Chili
Weight Watchers Recipe 
PointsPlus Value 6
Prep time: 25 min
Cook time: 58 min
Serves: 6
A bowl of hot chili is so satisfying on cold fall days. Ours boasts kidney beans, lean turkey and lots of vegetables, well-seasoned and sprinkled with scallions.

1 spray(s) cooking spray

1 tsp canola oil

1 large uncooked onion(s), chopped

2 clove(s) (medium) garlic clove(s), minced

1 pound(s) uncooked 93% lean ground turkey

2 medium uncooked carrot(s), thinly sliced into rounds

2 Tbsp chili powder

1 Tbsp paprika

1 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

1 tsp Durkee ground cumin, or other brand

2 medium fresh tomato(es), chopped

1 cup(s) canned tomato sauce

1 cup(s) canned chicken broth

1 1/2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

1 1/2 cup(s) cooked kidney beans, rinsed and drained

1 medium green pepper(s), chopped

1/2 tsp table salt, or to taste

1/8 tsp black pepper, or to taste

1/4 cup(s) uncooked scallion(s), chopped
·                  Coat a large pot with cooking spray; place over medium heat. Add oil and onion; sauté onion until soft, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add garlic and carrots; cook until garlic is softened, about 1 minute. Add turkey; brown meat, breaking it up with a wooden spoon as it cooks, about 5 minutes. Stir to break up lumps.
·                  Add chili powder, paprika, red pepper flakes, cumin, tomatoes, tomato sauce, broth, vinegar, beans and green pepper; bring mixture to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer until meat and vegetables are tender, about 30 to 45 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper; garnish with scallions. Yields about 1 cup per serving.

Switch out those traditional chips!
Lay's chips with six tbsp of Lay's french onion dip amounts to a staggering 630 calories, 42 grams of fat and a heart-stopping 1,230mg of sodium.

Far better, choose Baked! Tostitos, combining them with Tostitos salsa, which which drastically cuts fat content and lowers salt and calories too.

Eat your vegi’s first!
A vegi tray is a must! The more colorful the better! Eat your vegi’s first. Studies show if you fill up on healthy food first, you will be less tempted to grab the high fat goodies!

Beer!!! I didn’t say don’t drink it.

         Instead of this:
Sam Adams Imperial Stout (3 beers, 36 oz)
  • Calories: 924
  • ABV: 9.2 per cent

    Choose this:
Sam Adams Light (3 beers, 36 oz)
  • Calories: 357
  • ABV: 4.3 per cent

Or even better, choose this:

Don’t be a couch potato while watching the game!

Play a game within the game: Every time a team reaches a first down, do 10 jumping jacks. Every time a flag is thrown, do 10 curls (each arm) with the remote in your hand. Touchdown? Get up and do your best touchdown dance! Add a few different rules, get everyone at your party to play along, and you’ll all work at burning a few extra calories!

I hope that I have given you a few useful tips to safety net your Sunday Super Bowl Party and
when you wake-up Monday morning I hope you feel guilt free!
"The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what we want most for what we want at the moment."

What are you eating Super Bowl Sunday?
Have a great recipe that you would like to share?
Post it below. We would love to try it!

Go Team!


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