Staying Healthy with the Super Bowl

superbowl-xlvii-at-metlife-stadium_original1The “Big Game” is this weekend, and we all know what that means: incredibly fattening snacks, and lots of them!  To say that binging on nachos and chicken wings during your Super Bowl party isn’t the best thing for your skin is a colossal understatement.  But what to do?  Your friends probably aren’t going to want to eat kale chips during the game, after all.  Instead of replacing the Super Bowl basics, why not make the basics themselves healthier?  Boston’s BDC Wire and writer Emily Wright tell you exactly what to do…

BUYING THAT FOOD

1. Choose chip alternatives

The first two ingredients in Doritos and Tostitos are corn and vegetable oil. The only other ingredient in Tostitos tortilla chips is salt, so those guys are carb bombs cloaked in fat. Lay’s Classic Potato Chips list a trio of ingredients as well, mimicking the formula for Tostitos, but replacing corn with potato. The Doritos label, on the other hand, is full of things like monosodium glutamate and disodium inosinate that I can’t even pronounce, nevermind begin to guess what havoc they would wreak on my body.

If you’re planning to serve a dip or salsa at your Super Bowl extravaganza, start thinking about something besides the traditional vessels for scooping.

Try: Pretzel Crisps. They are the ish. The plain variety of these guys are sturdy enough to dunk and dip to your guests’ delight, and at just 110 calories per serving (0 grams of fat, 23 grams carbs) these wheat-flour chip replacements are worth hunting for in your grocery store. Stop & Shop has a Pretzel Crisp rack in the deli section which offers a whole bunch of flavors, including plain, sesame, buffalo wing, and garlic Parmesan. I’ve seen them in the Whole Foods snack aisle with the chips, and Trader Joe’s offers its own brand (plain or everything) with the pretzels. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t see them in the chip aisle, it took me weeks to find them in the Trader Joe’s by my apartment after I moved — I’m stubborn. Just ask one of the helpful workers to point you in the right direction.

Or try: Pop Chips. The “never friend. never baked.” brand of snacks prides itself on using heat and pressure to pop potato, tortilla, and kettle corn chips into existence for your munching pleasure. The original potato version come in at less than half the fat of Lay’s (4 grams of fat per 1-ounce serving) with no saturated fat.

Read the rest of Emily’s tips RIGHT HERE, and enjoy the game guilt-free!

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