5 healthier alternatives for your Super Bowl party

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Try a healthier version of your Super Bowl favorite snacks. (iStock image)

Tomorrow everyone will be gearing up for the big game, making all their favorite Super Bowl dishes. If you have been on a diet or trying to eat healthier, then you are probably dreading all of tomorrow’s temptations, but you don’t have to. Whether you are hosting your own party or visiting with family or friends, these healthier versions of party favorites will prevent the day-after guilt you know you will feel on Monday morning.

Healthy Buffalo Wings

Instead of deep fried and soaked in hot sauce and butter, these wings are coated with whole-wheat flour and cornmeal and only pan-fried in a small amount of oil. The hot sauce is then only drizzled on the wings.

Per serving: 256 calories, 10g fat, 12g carbohydrates, 31g protein, 2g fiber

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Chile Con Queso

Cheese lovers can have the taste they crave with only half the calories with this lighter chile con queso. The secret is in replacing some of the cheese with a low-fat white sauce and adding a splash of beer for flavor.

Per ¼ cup serving: 84 calories, 5g fat, 5g carbohydrates, 4g protein, 0g fiber

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Creamy Spinach Dip

Avoid the added fat in most spinach dips by following this recipe that uses reduced-fat cream cheese, nonfat yogurt and low-fat cottage cheese. Serve with pita chips or vegetables.

Per ¼-cup serving: 54 calories, 3g fat, 4g carbohydrates, 4g protein, 1g fiber

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Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

These flavorful meatballs mixed with mushrooms, celery and garlic are a perfect appetizer. Just add carrot or celery sticks and a light blue cheese or ranch dressing.

Per serving: 207 calories, 11g fat, 11g carbohydrates, 17g protein, 1g fiber

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Chocolate Crunch

This year don’t put out that bowl of chocolate candy for everyone to munch on. Switch it out for this chocolate crunch recipe that is quick and easy to make and fulfills your chocolate craving with half the guilt. Coat wheat cereal, pretzels and almonds in bittersweet chocolate for the perfect sweet and salty combo.

Per serving: 218 calories, 8g fat, 35g carbohydrates, 5g protein, 3g fiber

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