Give snacks a healthy kick
For many of us, Super Bowl Sunday is as much about the food as it is about the game. While calorie bombs such as nachos, chicken wings and meat heros are tradition, watching the game doesnt have to wreak havoc on your waistline.On Super Bowl Sunday, like the rest of the year, its all about moderation, and filling up on healthy foods.
You can have your indulgences, just try to fill up on the good stuff, said Del Montes resident nutritionist and dietitian, Laura Molseed Ali.
Adding low-sodium canned corn to chili and bean dips and more vegetables to pizza are easy ways to up the nutritional value of problem foods, Ali said.
Also, step away from the buffet table. Do a survey of the table and graze the space. Otherwise youre more likely to munch and pick at the table mindlessly, without even knowing youre doing it, said Nancy S. Hughes, author of the 1,500-Calorie-a-Day Cookbook.
The best thing to do before going to a party is to eat something, so youre not ravenous when you get there, Hughes said. Have something small and a glass of water before you go.
Matt Goulding, Mens Healths food and nutrition editor and co-author of Eat This, Not That!, recommends starting with a bowl of three-bean chili and a beer. This way you start the festivities satisfied, not ravenous.
Goulding pointed to some foods to always steer clear of: store-bought guacamole is. Theres a huge business of guacamoles that have almost zero avocado in them. They are high in oils and contain strange carbohydrate fillers.
Italian combo heros should also be avoided. They usually come with salami, capicola, mortadella, bologna and provolone cheese. Thats nearly a days worth of sodium.
Goulding said substituting them with almost any other kind of sub saves calories, fat and sodium.
The only exception to that rule: tuna. Tuna and salad are great things by themselves, but tuna salad is not, he said.
Men's Health's 3-Bean Chili
YOU WILL NEED:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, diced
1 pound lean ground turkey breast
1 14 1/2 -oz can diced tomatoes with jalapenos
1 10-1/2 oz can chickpeas, drained
1 10-1/2 oz can black beans, drained
1 10-1/2 oz can kidney beans, drained
1 10-1/2 oz can low-sodium chicken broth
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
HOW TO MAKE IT:
In a large pot, heat the oil on medium-low. Add the onion and saute until soft (about 3 to 5 minutes). Add the turkey and brown it (about 5 minutes). Add the remaining ingredients. Stir and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
Del Monte's Fiesta Corn and Black Bean Toss
SERVES 4-6 PREP 10 min.
1 can (15 Â¼ oz.) DEL MONTEÂ® 50% Less Salt Whole Kernel Corn, drained
1 can (15oz.) black beans, rinsed and drained
Â½ cup green onions, sliced
1 can (14 Â½ oz.) DEL MONTE Petite Cut Diced Tomatoes with Zesty Jalapenos, drained
2 Tbsp. oil
Â½ tsp. ground cumin (optional)
1. Combine all ingredients in medium bowl.
2. Toss. Garnish with cilantro and serve with squeeze of lime juice, if desired.