Better-For-You Super Bowl Substitutes

By on February 1, 2013

By Meredith Kimelblatt –

The Super Bowl is coming up, which means it’s time to start thinking about the most important part of the game: the food! Aside from the football, the Super Bowl is known for its hilarious commercials and the delicious snacks that people stock up on for game day.

According to USA Today, however, the Super Bowl is the second highest calorie-consuming day of the year, beaten only by Thanksgiving. So to avoid overdoing it in the calorie department this Super Bowl Sunday, try these simple appetizer substitutions to keep your snacking in control.

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Instead of cream cheese dips…use yogurt!

Oftentimes, popular party dips are so thick and creamy because they’re made from ingredients like sour cream and cream cheese.  To avoid the high fat and calorie content of creamy dips, use yogurt as a dip base instead—it’s much better for you.

Instead of ordering sides of fries with your wings…make sweet potato fries!

Everyone knows deep fried foods are bad for your waistline, but they’re so hard to resist. To find a compromise that will make your body and your taste buds happy, turn to sweet potato fries instead. They’re much lower in fat and baked, they’re an excellent healthier snack option. If you don’t know how to make your own fries, there are sweet potato frozen appetizers that you can just pop into the oven.

Instead of potato chips…eat pita chips!

Potato chips are high in cholesterol and have sky-high levels of salt, so try eating whole grain or multigrain pita chips instead. You’ll still have a crunchy chip to dunk in your taco dip or salsa, but you’ll save yourself a lot of fat and unnecessary calories.

Instead of burgers…make a big bowl of turkey chili!

Between the thick crust, cheese and pepperoni or sausage, pizza tends to not be the healthiest dinner option. For a less heavy meal for the Super Bowl, make turkey chili instead. Turkey is a lean meat that will keep you full without making your stomach hurt for the rest of the game. Keep it in the crock pot throughout the game to keep it warm.

Don’t limit your snacking this Super Bowl—just make your appetizers in a healthier way to enjoy the game and stay healthy at the same time.


This is a guest post by Meredith K. on behalf of Alexia®. For frozen appetizers to make this Super Bowl Sunday, visit

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Better-For-You Super Bowl Substitutes