7 Super Bowl Snacks That Won't Ruin Your Diet

Simple food swaps and healthy recipes help you eat healthy during the game

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You know you love to eat yummy Super Bowl snacks while you watch the big event. But your game-day festivities can easily undo a week's worth of smart dieting.  Even if you're not on a diet, who wants to spend several extra hours at the gym burning off beer and cheese calories?

The best way to keep your calorie count in control while you watch the Super Bowl (or the Oscars or just a movie with friends at home) is to plan ahead.

You know you're not going to be able to munch on celery sticks and sip water while others around you eat nachos and drink beer. Instead, schedule some time in advance to make one of these delicious snack recipes that will keep you and your friends satisfied...and keep your diet on track.

Healthy & Yummy Super Bowl Snacks and Swaps

Each of these recipes can satisfy your cravings for salty, crunchy and savory snacks. Place pitchers of flavored water on the coffee table so you and your friends are reminded to fill up on healthy fluids and decrease the alcohol intake.

  • Popular Super Bowl snack: Chicken wings loaded with sauce
  • Healthy Super Bowl swap: Chicken or lean beef skewers. Make your own and skip the sauce!  Recipe: Broiled Chicken Skewers
  • Popular Super Bowl snack: Tacos or nachos loaded with cheese and sour cream
  • Healthy Super Bowl swap: Lettuce wraps filled with lean turkey or chicken. Saute the meat beforehand with flavorful healthy veggies like onion and peppers. Top with salsa when it’s time to eat.
  • Popular Super Bowl snack: Potato chips, tortilla chips, cheese curls
  • Healthy Super Bowl swap:  Air-popped popcorn sprinkled with Parmesan or other seasonings. Or munch on high fiber veggies with hummus.
  • Popular Super Bowl snack: Bite-sized chocolate, cookies, brownies
  • Healthy Super Bowl swap: Grapes, berries or cubed watermelon. Fruit will satisfy your sweet tooth, provide healthy vitamins and help keep you feeling full and hydrated.
  • Popular Super Bowl snack: Pizza loaded with cheese and pepperoni
  • Healthy Super Bowl swap: Make a delicious low-calorie pizza topped with colorful veggies like peppers, tomatoes, onions, and jalapenos.  You can even make the crust out of cauliflower (no joke...this really works!) for a low-carb option that boosts your fiber intake.
  • Popular Super Bowl snack: Deviled eggs made with mayonnaise
  • Healthy Super Bowl swap: Hard boiled eggs are actually great for your diet, but the yolks and fattening mayo can send the calorie count too high. Instead, make the delicious low-calorie hummus recipe (above) and fill the middle of each egg.  You can also use a more traditional lower-calorie deviled egg recipe.
  • Popular Super Bowl drinks: Beer, high-calorie cocktails
  • Healthy Super Bowl swap: Make the best low-calorie Super Bowl booze choices. Then also drink homemade flavored waters that help curb your salt and sweet cravings. Recipe: 5 Flavored Water Recipes to Curb Snack Cravings

Need a few more tips to keep your healthy eating plan in place when you watch the big game?  Check out my recipes for Healthy High Protein Snacks.

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