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Blog: Superbowl Party Time: 8 Simple and Delicious Ideas You Can Enjoy Guilt-Free

Hosting a Superbowl party? Adding healthy options to the menu and keeping moderation and portion size top-of-mind can be easier than you’d expect – and your guests won’t even feel deprived.

Hosting a Superbowl party? Adding healthy options to the menu and keeping moderation and portion size top-of-mind can be easier than you’d expect – and your guests won’t even feel deprived. Here are some very simple ways to offer just the right foods for taste, nutrition and savvy entertainment!

Game Winning Plays

The Players are working hard and so should you. Prior to game time, get in a workout. Go for a 1 mile run and then perform each of these 3 exercises – burpees, sit ups and body squats for 1 minute each for 5 rounds resting 1 minute in between each round. Here is a link how to do the exercises properly. http://youtu.be/aOtjysh9Uq4

Pre-Game Healthy Munchies

Set out a bowl of baked chips made by The Better Chip, and your guests won’t even know these chips are actually healthy. Their latest creation “Spinach and Kale with Sea Salt” is a chip even Popeye would be proud to eat. Not only is this chip on trend, but it is addictively delicious. Who said dipping chips had to be unhealthy? Pair these chips with your favorite salsa, artichoke or hummus dip and you have a great match.

Make your Own Sammie Bar

Give your guests the option to make their own healthy yet delicious sandwiches. Provide a variety of healthful breads, lettuce, cheese, vegetables and meat listed below.

Breads: slices of wheat, whole-wheat bun, whole-grain or multi-grain breads Lettuce: arugula, mixed baby greens, romaine

Cheese: swiss, low-fat mozzarella, provolone, parmesan

Vegetables: Spinach, tomatoes both whole and sliced cherry tomatoes, kale, roasted red peppers, slices of green onions, strips of carrots, sprouts, chopped basil leaves

Condiments: Low-fat, healthful choices will give your sandwich the something extra it needs such as mustard, honey mustard, low fat mayonnaise and light dressing

Garlic Chicken, Romaine and Parmesan

Low-fat and high in protein, chicken can be easily grilled and turned into a tasty sandwich recipe. Start by grilling pieces of skinless chicken for about fifteen minutes. Once the chicken is tender and no longer pink in color, start brushing it with minced garlic and olive oil. Once the chicken is finished cooking, cut into slices and offer pairings with a toasted bun, romaine lettuce and parmesan cheese.

Turkey with Spinach and Roasted Red Peppers

Like chicken, turkey is another poultry meat that's low in fat and a good source of vitamin B, folic acid, potassium and zinc. Each slice of turkey has about 6 grams of protein and only 30 calories. To make a tasty turkey sandwich, place oven-roasted pieces of turkey breast on a slice of bread. Pair with spinach and roasted red peppers. For a spread, mix in some garlic powder, chopped basil leaves and low fat mayonnaise.

Roast Beef, Provolone and Mixed Greens

Roast Beef is another great, delicious choice, while still being lean, low in sodium, and delivering 7 grams of protein per slice. Mix 4-6 slices of roast beef on wheat bread with mustard, provolone and mixed baby greens.

Guilt-free Drinks

Be sure to offer some non-alcoholic drinks at the party. Provide low-calorie and no-calorie beverages you can guzzle guilt free. For mixers with alcohol, you could offer light lemonade, tonic water and drinks with 100% fruit juice. Portion control also works well with beverages. Consider putting out smaller size cups or – for soda lovers, offer Coca-Cola Mini’s which are less than 100 calories and a perfect fit for a small-sized cocktail table.

Game Winning Desserts

Score a touchdown with mini cupcakes in both team colors as a great option for a portion-controlled dessert. Offer seasonal cut up fruit in a bowl and perhaps even this delicious “Slim Lemon Squares” recipe. Makes: 16 servings

Ingredients Nonstick cooking spray

3/4 cup all-purpose flour plus 2 tablespoons

2/3 cup granulated sugar plus 3 tablespoons

1/2 stick cold butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

1 egg 
1 egg white

1/4 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 tablespoon water

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1 tablespoon powdered sugar

Directions

1. Coat an 8-x-8-x-2-inch baking pan with nonstick spray; set pan aside.

2. In a small mixing bowl, combine 3/4 cup flour and 3 tablespoons sugar; cut in butter until crumbly. Pat mixture onto the bottom of prepared pan. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 15 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, in the same bowl, combine egg and egg white. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until frothy. Add remaining sugar and flour, lemon zest, lemon juice, 1 tablespoon water, and baking powder. Beat on medium 3 minutes or until slightly thickened. Pour mixture over baked layer in pan. Bake 20 to 25 minutes more or until edges are light brown and center is set. Cool in pan on a wire rack.

4. Sift powdered sugar over top. Cut into 16 bars. Store in refrigerator.

Nutrition facts per serving (1 bar): 100 calories, 1g protein, 17g carbohydrate, 3g fat

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