Foodie Fridays: Super Bowl Snacks Edition

#Poisenation will always come first around here, but Patriots Nation is a close second, and we can't wait to cheer on our hometown team in Super Bowl LI this weekend! The game may be the focus, but let's be honest - the gametime snacks are also pretty darn important. Today, we're sharing some of our favorite 6 Weeks 2 Chic approved football snacks as well as some tips for enjoying your Super Bowl party without going totally off the rails. And as a special surprise, we've got a great class promotion to go with this post - so make sure to read all the way to the end!

SuperBowl Snack Survival Strategies

We get it - the platters of nachos, mountains of chicken wings, and guac on guac on guac can be tempting. Here are some ideas to stop yourself from over-indulging at your party!

Don't show up on an empty stomach. Make healthy choices at breakfast and lunch. Load up on protein and veggies - an egg white omelette with peppers, mushrooms, and turkey sausage is a great idea, and choose a leafy green salad with grilled chicken and lots of fresh veggies for lunch. Don't load up on carbs early in the day, as your options during the game will have plenty of carbs to go around! 

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Get plenty of water in before the game and keep drinking water throughout the party. Not only will this help to keep you from overeating, you'll also feel better Monday morning thanks to all that H2O in your system!

Take a plate and walk away from the snacks. If you linger by the food, you will overeat. Instead, take a plate and fill it with a portion of each of the snacks you want to try -- and then walk away from the food. Choose a seat that isn't near the buffet spread and make sure to enjoy your plate of snacks! If you think you want seconds, wait until the next quarter in the game before reloading. 

Don't overdo it on alcohol. It's a vicious cycle - the more you drink, the more you snack. Plus, alcoholic beverages have a ton of empty calories - especially beer! You'll feel better the next day if you set a drink limit and stick to it. We've got some skinny cocktail suggestions later in this post, as well as some mocktails so you can feel festive without the hangover!

Poise-Approved Snacks

One great strategy? Bring a snack to share with the group that you prepared yourself. There are plenty of healthy recipe ideas that will still be a hit at your Super Bowl party! Here are a few of our favorites.

Buffalo Chicken Wontons 
Make shredded chicken using your slowcooker (cook chicken breasts in water or low sodium chicken stock on low for 6-8 hours; shred with a fork or your stand mixer). Mix the shredded chicken with buffalo wing sauce (we like Wing It because the sodium isn't as crazy as some other brands!). Place a spoonful of the buffalo chicken in the center of a square wonton wrapper, then seal the wrapper following package instructions. Lightly spray a cookie sheet with some cooking spray and evenly space the wontons on the pan. Bake at 450 degrees for 6-8 minutes or until browned, then flip and cook for another 6-8 minutes until the other side also gets crispy. These can also be cooked on a grill! Serve with a yogurt-based blue cheese dressing for dipping; Opa and Bolthouse Farms both have great options that are much healthier than traditional blue cheese dips! 

Personal Nacho Bites
We love platters of nachos, but it's easy to lose track of portions - plus, no one likes getting stuck with the sad chip that only has black olives on it. Get a perfect bite every time with personal nacho bites! Take serving of tortilla chips (we like the Quinoa & Black Bean chips from Trader Joe's - they have great flavor and texture, and hold up well to this recipe!) and evenly space them out on a cookie sheet. Top each chip with some shredded chicken, pico de gallo, and a bit of shredded cheese. Put the tray under the broiler for 3-4 minutes or until the cheese has melted and the chips have browned along the edges. Serve with greek yogurt instead of sour cream (try mixing in some lime juice and cayenne pepper for a kick!) and go ahead and take a scoop of guac while you're at it - after all, avocados are a great source of healthy fats! 

Lemon & Herb Chicken Wings
Chicken wings are actually a great option if they're prepared the right way. Skip the deep frying and the sugary BBQ sauce, and try this marinade instead! Mince 2 shallots and 2 cloves of garlic, and add about 1 tbsp each of fresh rosemary, sage, and thyme (all minced). Combine that with the juice of two lemons and 2-3 tbsp of olive oil. Pour this dressing over your wings and let them marinate for at least 2-3 hours; overnight is ideal. Come game time, either bake the wings at 400 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until cooked through and skin is crispy; you may need to turn 1-2 times to promote even cooking. Alternately, these wings are great when cooked on a grill! 

Super Bowl Sippers, Poise-style

Alcoholic drinks can so quickly add up - beer is heavy on carbs, margaritas are loaded with sugar, and alcohol itself can be loaded with calories. We've got a few recipes for lightened up cocktails that you can sip during the game -- just remember to have a full glass of water in between your cocktails! Also, just like when we tell you to avoid preservatives and additives when grocery shopping, the same is true for cocktails -- fresh fruits, the addition of fresh herbs, and avoiding bottled drink mixes will all help to keep your drinks on the healthier side, and they'll taste better than the pre-mixed stuff!

Poised Paloma: 1.5 ounces of tequila, splash of fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, and soda water over ice in a highball glass.

Cucumber Gin Chiller: Muddle cucumber in a glass, add ice, 1.5 ounces of gin, and top with Spindrift cucumber soda. Fresh herbs can be great additions here - try basil, rosemary or mint! 

The SP Classic: Like a little black dress, this drink never goes out of style - 1.5 ounces of vodka, splash of cranberry, top with club soda over ice with a twist of lime. Pleasantly pink and so refreshing, this is a classic for a reason! 

Make Mine a Mocktail

For our Poised & Preggo friends, or for a nonalcoholic option for the designated drivers, we've got some mocktail suggestions as well! These are also a great option to switch to after halftime to make sure you don't overdo it on the alcohol. 

Mojito Mojo: Muddle mint and lime in the bottom of a glass. Add ice and a drizzle of agave syrup, then top with lime soda water. You can mix up the flavors by adding frozen fruit to the muddle - try raspberry or blueberry!

Not-so-poison Apple: Pour 2 ounces of fresh apple cider over ice, then fill glass with sparkling cider. Sprinkle cinnamon on the top before serving.

Blueberry Ginger Green Tea: Muddle frozen blueberries with freshly grated ginger. Add ice and top with unsweetened green tea.

Our most important tip? Have fun and enjoy yourself! We love the Super Bowl and hopefully we'll be able to cheer the Patriots on to victory on Sunday! 

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