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Healthy Super Bowl Food, Easy Party Tips

Who knew that next to Thanksgiving, the Super Bowl, is the next biggest event for food consumption? WOW!

And billions of chicken wings are consumed as a result. Chicken wings are really artery clogging fattening what with being deep fried and the fat laden mayo blue cheese dip. The only thing healthy about chicken wings is the gratuitous celery sticks.

Here are some healthy and easy Super Bowl menu ideas which should satisfy the dieter, the healthy eater, people looking for low fat options, and those who don’t give a damn.  

Healthy and Easy Super Bowl Menu Ideas

Vegetable platter
Air popped popcorn

Bean dip and baked chips or air dried tortilla chips

Baked chicken wings 
Make your own sandwich bar 

Low cal beer, diet soft drinks, club soda, lemon and lime garnish, a pitcher of water

Miniature cupcakes

Seasonal fruit

Hot spiced apple cider or hot cocoa

For the vegetable platter, make it desirable and colorful. Arrange red, green, and yellow pepper sticks on a platter along with cucumber slices, cherry tomatoes, zucchini and carrot sticks.

Air pop a big bowl of popcorn. Serve with assorted dried spices or flavored butter spritzers

Bean dip is nutritious and inexpensive. Take 2 cans of fat-free refried beans and mix with 1/2 cup of low fat sour cream. Add 1 tsp of mild chile powder. Mix. Make about 2 hours prior to serving. Put a small bowl of diced jalapenos on the side for those people who like more spice. Serve with baked tortilla chips or air dried tortilla chips. 

To air dry your own tortilla chips, simply buy a package of tortillas (corn or flour). Cut into wedges. Cut the wedges into chip size and air dry on top of the refrigerator or in a cool oven over night. Voila! If you’re watching sodium intake, these chips have very little.

Consider baking your chicken wings or if you live in a warm climate, grilling them.
BUFFALO CHICKEN WINGS  
 
20 chicken wings
20 oz. duck sauce
6 oz. hot sauce (for med. hot wings, adjust for your taste)
Garlic powder
Vegetable oil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sprinkle garlic powder on wings prior to cooking. Place chicken wings on baking sheet basted with oil. Cook for 1 1/2 hours at 350 degrees. When done cut wings in half. In a large bowl mix 20 oz. duck sauce and 6 oz. hot sauce. Place a few wings at a time into mixture. Completely cover wings with sauce and put wings back onto baking sheet. Place wings back into the oven for 10 minutes. Put on a plate

For the blue cheese dip, mix 2/3 cups of low fat mayo with 1/3 cup of low fat sour cream and add 1/2 cup of blue cheese crumbles. Allow to marinate overnight or several hours. Don’t forget the celery sticks. Also drummette may be used along with wings.

The make your own sandwich bar should be at least 2 assortments of breads — say sour dough and rye or sour dough and whole grain, 2 kinds of mustards — Dijon or deli mustard and a flavored mustard like cranberry mustard and low fat mayo. Depending on your budget go the deli or the deli part of the grocery store and get roast beef and turkey or ham and turkey slices. Get some sliced cheese like provolone. Then add canned roasted peppers, sport peppers, pickles, sliced tomatoes, red onion, and lettuce leaves.

You can also offer the non bread eaters a sandwich wrapped up in a lettuce leaf.

For beverages, there’s the 64 MGD beer, diet soda, club soda, lemon and lime garnish and a pitcher of water so people won’t get dehydrated from drinking beer

Make cupcakes but instead of using the bigger tins, use the miniature size tins. Decorate with your team’s colors.

Put some seasonal fruit in a pretty bowl like quartered oranges and tangerines and a small knife for pears, apples and kiwi.

Near the end of the game serve your guests mugs of hot spiced apple cider or hot cocoa made from low fat chocolate milk. Marshmallows optional.

There you have it — easy, on the lower side of calories, satisfying.

Happy Super Bowl!

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