So for me, Sunday is going to SUCK. For one, my team is not in it, so I just have to resort to the commercials and the puppy bowl, and TWO I’m doing this stupid cleanse thing that my aunt recommended and I can’t eat SHIT…. so instead of going to super bowl parties with my friends, I will probably curl up in bed with my shake and cry while thinking about all the goodies my friends are eating 😉 BUT, if you are going to a party, and trying to stay on track… how about some of these quick tricks I learned from the awesome world wide webs this week….
1. Bake your wings instead of frying them.
The worst part of a wing, when it comes to calories, is actually the skin. While baking or broiling can certainly cut down on calories (but still keep ’em crispy), says Ginn-Meadow, you could even take it a step further and opt for a homemade chicken tender or nugget instead, says Ward. She opts for a flavorful, breaded chicken finger like her Coconut Chicken Tenders with Apricot Dijon Mustard sauce. Keep in mind, she says, that when you’re making a food swap, make it a really flavorful one, so you’ll be more satisfied.
2. Trade sour cream for Greek yogurt in dips.
A flavorful dip will easily mask a Greek yogurt swap for full-fat sour cream, says Ward. Cottage cheese can work, too, just put it in the food processor to refine the texture a bit, she says.
3. Diversify Dips, Limit Chips
Variety may be the spice of life, but it’s a recipe for disaster when it comes to party foods. Instead of setting out bowls of potato chips, tortilla chips, and pretzels all with accompanying dips, Moore recommends picking one healthy chip (a baked one like Pop Chips or pretzels) and a variety of dips. “Try peach, mango or pineapple salsa, hummus, and salsa fresca,” she suggests. (Great salsa recipes right here). Reinagel suggests making homemade, baked tortilla chips for guests. “Get soft corn tortillas from your grocery’s Latino section, brush them with oil, quarter and add salt. Then bake them in a hot oven until golden brown, she says. Whatever chips-and-dip combination you come up with, keep it simple. Too much selection leads to overeating as we succumb to mindless feeding frenzy and have difficulty realize when our bodies are full.