Thursday, January 31, 2013

Super Bowl Snacks: Good, Bad & Ugly

Americans don't eat a meal on Super Bowl Sunday; they snack for 4-5 hours straight. If you're one of the millions who'll be watching the game (along with the pre- and post-game hoopla), remember that some snacks are healthier than others. So that you don't lie in bed Sunday night cursing your lack of willpower, try to select from the list of "better for you" (at least in general) snack choices on the left.

Chicken wings...............are better than...............................................................ribs
Tortilla chips (esp. baked).............................beat out.........................potato chips (esp. fried)
Black bean dip.................................has fewer calories than.........................guacamole
Mixed nuts..........................................are healthier than.................................pretzels
Beer....................................is better for you than..................................sugary soft-drinks
Grapes or oranges.................................trump all other............................sweet desserts

Go easy on the chicken wings, and please don't dip them in blue cheese sauce! Guacamole isn't something to avoid -- avocado is a healthy food -- but it does pack lots of calories. Nuts are high in calories too but they're nutritious, as opposed to pretzels, which are empty calories. Popcorn is another healthy and filling snack food -- just don't load it down with butter or lots of salt.

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