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February is National Snack Month Pt. 1

Feb 02, 2024

The Super Bowl is about gathering to make happy memories with friends and family while snacking and watching the big game. With a little help from the registered dietitians at United Hospital Center, you can enjoy healthy, yet tasty snacks with these tips.

1. Wings are a staple at Super Bowl gatherings. Is it possible to make a healthier version of this tasty appetizer?

Absolutely. You don’t have to fumble when it comes to making your wings a healthy snack option for the big game. Try to include some of these recommendations:

  • Instead of frying—try to bake or air fry your wings,
  • Replace your traditional wing sauce with a dry rub
  • Try mixing Greek yogurt & crumbled gorgonzola cheese in place of regular blue cheese dip

2. When we hear the word “pizza” we automatically think that it cannot be healthy. What are some ways that I can top my pizza to make it more nutritious and cut calories?

Pizza is usually synonymous with junk food, right next to burgers and fries. However, it’s possible to build a healthier pie that still feels like a treat. These tips will help your pizza to go from junk food to a more nutritious, satisfying snack option.

  • Select thin crust over a deep-dish pizza.
  • Keep the flavor by adding onions, olives, peppers, mushrooms, and even pineapple.
  • Limit meat toppings to one or omit altogether.
  • Make your own pizza and use fresh, lower-fat ingredients.

3. How can I make my celebration more affordable?

On February 11, millions of Americans will come together to watch their favorite sport and you can save money and calories for your event with the following tips:

  • Include more plant-based proteins and
  • Use in-season fruits and vegetables such as carrots, celery, lemons, limes, and pineapple

This content was originally posted on the WDTV News website here.

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