The Super Bowl will be here before we know it, but those parties and all that food can really derail your plan to get healthy.
How can we enjoy the food in a way that won't burst our waistline? Joyce Schrage from Weight Watchers says the most popular Super Bowl foods are pizza, chicken, avocados, carrots, and nachos.
She says you can enjoy what you want, but you just have to have a plan to tackle that day.
Schrage suggests eating something before you go to the party, like a light protein-filled snack such as string cheese or almonds. This will help you stay satisfied longer.
Also, ask the host of the party if you can bring something along to contribute, such as a veggie tray.
If you want to enjoy a high calorie drink at the party, follow it up with a glass of water.
Here's a couple of recipes to share and also keep you on track.Chicken Poppers
Ingredients:Cooking spray1 pound uncooked boneless skinless chicken breast(s), cut into 1-inch cubes1/2 cup fat-free egg substitute1/2 cup dried plain bread crumbs, plain or whole wheat, toasted1/4 cup uncooked cornmeal1/4 tsp. garlic salt1/4 tsp. table salt1/4 tsp. paprika1/4 tsp. black pepper1/4 cup fat-free salsa1/4 cup fat-free mayonnaise1 tbsp. cilantro, fresh, minced
Instructions:Pre-heat oven to 425. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.Place egg substitute in a shallow bowl. In another, shallow bowl, combine bread crumbs, cornmeal, garlic salt, salt, paprika and pepper.Dip chicken in egg substitute and then in bread crumb mixture; turn to coat. Place chicken on prepared baking sheet; coat with cooking spray. Bake for 5 minutes, flip over and bake until chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes more.Meanwhile, to make sauce, in a small bowl, combine salsa, mayonnaise and cilantro; stir well. Yields about 6 nuggets and 2 tablespoons of sauce per serving.
Weight Watchers PointsPlus value: 6Creamy Mexican Dip
Ingredients:1 cup plain fat-gree yogurt, Greek variety recommended1/2 cup fat-free salsa, hot chipotle variety suggested1/2 medium avocado, diced1/3 cup cilantro, fresh, chopped1/2 small uncooked red onion, chopped1/2 tsp. ground cumin1/2 tsp. table salt, or more to tasteGarnish:1/4 medium avocado, diced1 tbsp. cilantro, fresh, chopped1 tbsp. uncooked red onion, chopped
Instructions:In a medium bowl, stir together yogurt and salsa until blended; stir in remaining ingredients except garnishes. Cover and refrigerate up to 1 day.When ready to serve, transfer to a serving bowl and sprinkle with garnishes. Yields about 1/4 cup per serving.
Notes:This dip combines all those favorite Mexican flavors like salsa, avocado and cilantro using fat-free Greek yogurt instead of sour cream.It also makes a wonderful topping for tacos or other Mexican foods - and then you don't have to set out separate bowls of salsa, sour cream, avocado, cilantro and onion.
Weight Watchers PointsPlus value: 2