Healthy Super Bowl Snacks are Good for Your Heart

by Jodee on February 3, 2010

Part of the fun of attending a Super Bowl party, other than watching the game and hanging out with friends, is enjoying the food.

This event can turn into a non-stop snackfest, and unfortunately it’s very easy to go into automatic mode at one of these events and lose track of how much you’re eating.

Fun foods can be part of a heart-healthy diet, and you don’t have to feel deprived on Super Bowl Sunday. If you are hosting the party, plan to offer a variety of foods to your guests during the event, including ones that are high in fiber and low in fat.

Fresh vegetables combined with a dip made from low-fat ingredients are popular. Choose low-fat Ranch dip, salsa or hummus. Black bean dip is a good choice if you want to have a few chips or nachos.

heart healthy foods photoGuacamole is a popular Super Bowl snack item, but the avocados used to make it are high in fat. If you decide to indulge, do so in moderation.

Air-popped popcorn is another healthy choice, and you can add a small amount of salt or some grated Parmesan cheese to kick up the flavor.

If you have a choice between eating a hamburger or a turkey burger, go for the turkey. It’s lower in fat and calories. Top with some low-fat ranch dressing or salsa, lettuce tomatoes and cucumbers for a tasty sandwich. A burger made with lean ground beef can be kept on the healthy side if served on a whole-wheat bun and topped with ketchup, mustard, tomato and lettuce (hold the cheese).

Chili is a popular food at Super Bowl events, since it’s warm and filling. It can be a heart-healthy choice, if you make it with ground turkey instead of ground beef. A vegetarian chili has the advantage of being a high-fiber choice that is packed full of flavor while being low in fat.

No matter where you decide to watch the action of the Game of the Year, you can choose heart-healthy foods to enjoy. Consider the options available and remember that moderation is key to enjoying good health.

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