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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Bring healthy snacking options to Super Bowl parties

Joe Marchilena

It’s a fairly safe bet that, even though the Patriots won’t be playing, there’s still going to be a Super Bowl next week.

Seeing as how an estimated 111 million people in the U.S. watched last year, chances are you’re going to watch this year, and if you do, you won’t be watching alone. ...

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It’s a fairly safe bet that, even though the Patriots won’t be playing, there’s still going to be a Super Bowl next week.

Seeing as how an estimated 111 million people in the U.S. watched last year, chances are you’re going to watch this year, and if you do, you won’t be watching alone.

And where there are gatherings of people, there’s likely to be party food.

For those of you who tried to change your eating habits and improve your workout routines at the start of the new year, I’m willing to bet now is about the time you’re starting to let temptation creep into your thoughts.

What better time to cheat than on Super Bowl Sunday?

I imagine for some people, it’s as big a food holiday as Thanksgiving or Christmas, except without the relatives you don’t want to talk to.

There’s even a petition at We The People, the White House’s ready-made petition Web site, asking the government to make the Monday after the Super Bowl a national holiday.

But just because someone is breaking out the junk food for the party doesn’t mean you have to take part in the pigging out.

A search of the internet for healthy Super Bowl snacks brings back a plethora of choices. Here are a few that sounded good to me.

Turkey meatballs (martha
stewart.com). There are several ways you could make these, but this recipe calls for scallions, garlic and parsley, among other things, to put in your meatballs.

Twice-baked sweat potatoes (health.com). The recipe calls for sour cream and cheddar cheese, but I imagine the low fat variation of both would serve just fine.

Whole wheat pizza dough (fitsugar.com). The recipe is for the dough, not the whole pizza. If you don’t feel like making your own, Trader Joe’s has a great whole wheat dough. Just remember to smother it with healthy choice, like turkey pepperoni and red peppers.

Lemon-drop chicken wings (myrecipes.com). It wouldn’t be a Super Bowl party without any wings, and this recipe has a little kick to it.

The chicken needs two hours to soak in a marinade of vodka, sugar, salt, olive oil, black pepper and lemon juice.

Even if you aren’t enjoying the game, you can still enjoy the food, and not have to worry about throwing off your healthy lifestyle.

Joe Marchilena writes a weekly fitness
column for Hampshire Hills. To find out more information about the “90 Day
Commit to Get Fit” program, call 673-7123 or e-mail hhinfo@hampshirehills.com.