Food Wise: Recipe for a Healthier Super Bowl Party

| 1/29/2009 10:52:00 AM

It may be an oxymoron, but I am planning a healthier Super Bowl party. I won’t serve tofu, broccoli or any other healthful yet plain foods, but I don’t want to compromise my healthy habits.

Here are some of the things I am banning, and substituting, for the party:

Processed meats: Foods such as commercial bratwursts, hot dogs and cocktail sausages, are full of synthetic preservatives that I am not comfortable eating. Instead, my husband will spend the morning slow-cooking ribs…and if I can convince him, making his own BBQ sauce, as most commercial ones have high fructose corn syrup.

Buffalo wings: This party staple is deep-fried and full of trans fats. It is a shame that most people don’t know how easy it is to make buffalo chicken wings without the added fats. You can coat the wings with a little bit of flour, and pan fry them with butter or olive oil. Once they are cooked through, you can add hot sauce to taste, (the all-natural kind, please) and a little butter. Coat well. Serve with celery, and buy 100 percent natural blue cheese dressing.

Chips and Dip: So many calories are consumed just by dunking your fried tortilla chips into creamy, processed cheese dips.

Instead of chips, buy whole wheat pita bread. Cut it into triangles and toast under the broiler until browned. Drizzle with a little bit of olive oil for flavor before serving. If you can’t live without chips, many companies sell organic, 100 percent natural chips.