6 Healthy Superbowl Snacks

After thanksgiving, the Superbowl is the second highest food consumption day of the year.  Sports fans and foodies alike look forward to this day of food and fun.  Why not give your heart and waistline a time out and swap out some of the calorie-laden snacks with some lighter options? Score with these healthier options.

1. Popcorn: Popcorn is a whole grain, it’s high in fiber and polyphenols  which are antioxidants and low in calories.  Orville Redenbacher’s Smart Pop popcorn contains about 4 g fiber and has only 100 calories per 6 cups of popcorn.   Avoid the regular microwave popcorn versions which can have 3-4x as many calories as the lighter versions and often contain unhealthy trans fats.

2. Baked Tortilla Chips with tomato salsa:  Baked tortilla chips have less calories and 3x less fat than regular potato chips.  Guiltless Gourmet makes seven varieties of baked chips and have only 120 calories per ounce serving.  Or, better yet, save money and calories by making your own, click HERE to see how.  Serve with tomato salsa for an extra serving of veggies.

3. Baked whole wheat Pita Chips with hummusStacy’s Pita Chips have less calories than regular potato chips and half the fat.  Hummus is a great high protein addition to your chips, which will help you get full and feel fuller longer.

4. Pistachios in-shell: Pistachios are packed with antioxidants, phytosterols, vitamins, minerals and heart healthy fats.  Limit to one serving, which is one ounce or 49 kernels, which has about 170 calories.  Studies show that in-shell pistachios slows down your eating, not only because you have to peel them, but also because the peeled shells provide a visual cue about the amount you ate.

5. Peanuts in-shell: Peanuts are actually not a nut, but a legume.   These little gems are not only protein powerhouses, they are also high in nutrients and minerals.  They contain the same phytochemical found in wine, resveratol, which has been shown to be good for the heart. As with the pistachios, in-shell curbs your eating.

6. Edamame: Edamame are soybeans in a pod.  A half cup of Edamame have 10g of protein, 5 g of fiber and only 120 calories.  As an added bonus, they are easy to prepare.  Simply steam and serve with a squirt of lemon and sea salt.


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