Thursday, January 24, 2013

Healthy Tailgating for the Super Bowl

Are you making plans for next weekend's big game? Now is the time to start thinking about your party menu. Believe it or not, it's easy to serve up great-tasting and crowd-pleasing foods that are healthy too!

Here's how. Watch my television segment below on healthy tailgating that aired on Great Day St. Louis (KMOV) for some tips. It's easier than you think. Watch all the way to the end; you'll see that healthy menu options are indeed crowd-pleasers!

Keep in mind the following principles whene you're planning your tailgating celebration. They're tips you can apply to any party menu!

Beverages: Manage calories
  • Select low- or no-calorie beverages when possible (such as diet soft drinks or sugar-free powdered drink mixes)
  • Use smaller sized cups, such as 8 to 9-ounce cups, to limit portion sizes of beverages that do contain calories.

Keep it simple: Use your crockpot for warm, filling and low-fat entrees

Meats: Go lean!
  • Opt for chicken breast/tenderloins instead of chicken wings
  • Pork tenderloin or chops versus pork "steaks" or ribs
  • Lean beef (at least 90% lean)
  • Skip the hot dogs and brats if possible

Slash the fat in dips: Opt for lower-calorie dips when possible or substitute reduced-fat ingredients
  • Hummus
  • Salsa
  • Layered bean dip with reduced-fat cheese
  • Try plain, non-fat Greek yogurt in place of sour cream

Desserts: Add fruit to add nutrition
  • Fruit salad
  • Mini yogurt parfaits
  • Mini banana pudding
  • Strawberry shortcake or a trifle made with angel food cake

Doesn't that sound great? My mouth is watering already. Celebrations don't have to sabotage your healthy eating plans. Just make some smart choices when you plan your menu. Enjoy the game!

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