With the NFL playoffs down to the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons, the stage is set for Super Bowl LI on Feb. 5. Even if you aren't heading down to Houston and lacing up the cleats this Sunday, being the evening's MVP is easy thanks to big-game snacks that are as delicious as they are nutritious.
Before hosting or attending a party, it's important not to head in with an empty stomach. "Take the edge off a couple hours before the tailgate with a snack high in protein and fiber," said Elaine Magee, a wellness dietitian for ACME Markets. "You’ll be less likely to overeat."
Although they may taste good, Magee cautions against several Super Bowl staples. "Fried wings, potato chips, hot links and nachos are generally first string appetizers on Super Bowl Sunday," said Magee. "However, they are usually loaded with calories, saturated fat and sodium." Instead, she suggests opting for several lighter, but still tasty, options.
Guilt-free wings - What would a Super Bowl be without buffalo wings? However, instead of opting for grease-filled fried wings, make your own at home. Instead of frying the chicken wings and legs, broil them in the oven for a snack that won't weigh you down.
Guac is good - The field shouldn't be the only thing green on Sunday afternoon. An assortment of prepared guacamole and chips are ready at your neighborhood ACME Market. Garnish the guacamole with fresh chopped tomato, peppers or green onions.
Draft whole grains to your starting line-up - Wherever possible, enlist the power of whole grains. Choose whole grain hamburger buns, whole wheat tortillas for wraps, whole wheat pasta for salads or whole grain crackers for spreads and dips.
Lighten up - Drinking your calories is the easiest way to kill a diet, sabotaging even the most vigilant dieter. A six pack of beer contains roughly 900 calories, a number that can creep even higher with craft brews. While enjoying the game, try and select a lighter option and limit yourself to a beer per half. Two light beers over the course of an evening totals a much more manageable 200 calories.
Not looking to break a sweat this big game? Visit your local ACME to find out how to be your party's MVP. From deli to produce, ACME's all-star team has you covered.See Attachment