PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — With the Super Bowl a little less than two weeks away, the party planning is in full swing! But Weight Watchers says you don’t have to let the big game sideline your resolution to shed those extra pounds and eat healthier!
1. Have a Game Plan and Stick with It: If you know you’re going to a food-filled Super Bowl party and are worried about your will power, eat something light before you leave go to take of the edge, such as some almonds and string cheese. Offer to bring a dish or two that will be a healthier option for you. And designate every other quarters of the game as “food free” to avoid mindless eating.
2. Focus on the Goal: You’ve worked so hard this first month at keeping to your New Year’s resolution that you don’t want Super Bowl Sunday to sideline your weight loss efforts. However, you can still enjoy some of your favorite football fare: a few chicken wings, some chips and dip, a slice of pizza and a cold one. To prevent yourself from overdoing the fat and calories, try this trick: pair each indulgent food with a vegetable or fruit; and follow each sugary or alcoholic drink, with a non-caloric drink. This will help fill you up and stay satisfied.
3. Power Up with Power Foods: These are your lean proteins, fruits, veggies, non-fat dairy, and whole grains. And they’re the main ingredients to some of your Super Bowl favorites.
PointsPlus Value: 6
Prep time: 12 min
Cook time: 15 min
We seasoned the coating on these poppers to add amazing flavor to a bar-food favorite. They’ll fly off the plate on Super Bowl Sunday.
3 spray(s) cooking spray
1 pound(s) uncooked boneless skinless chicken breast(s), cut into 1-inch cubes
1/2 cup(s) fat-free egg substitute
1/2 cup(s) dried plain bread crumbs, whole wheat, toasted
1/4 cup(s) uncooked cornmeal
1/4 tsp garlic salt
1/4 tsp table salt
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 cup(s) fat free salsa
1/4 cup(s) fat-free mayonnaise
1 Tbsp cilantro, fresh, minced
Preheat oven to 425°F. 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.
Creamy Mexican Dip
PointsPlus Value: 2
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 0 min
Perfect for a party. Serve with fresh vegetables as well as whole grain chips for a total crowd pleaser. This delicious Mexican Dip stars plenty of power foods – protein packed Greek yogurt and plenty of veggies mixed in. Serve with more veggies and whole grain chips, and you have a filling snack that will keep you satisfied throughout the game
1 cup(s) plain fat-free yogurt, Greek-variety recommended
1/2 cup(s) fat free salsa, hot chipotle variety suggested
1/2 medium avocado, diced
1/3 cup(s) cilantro, fresh, chopped
1/4 cup(s) (sliced) uncooked red onion(s), chopped
1/2 tsp Durkee ground cumin, or other brand
1/2 tsp table salt, or more to taste
1/4 medium avocado, diced
1 Tbsp cilantro, fresh, chopped
1 Tbsp uncooked red onion(s), chopped
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.