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Recipe Corner: Heart Healthy Game Day Swaps

January 30, 2020

Need a way to “tackle” the lack of healthy options at your Superbowl party?

Easy Swap: Change Out the Dressing!

Swap ranch dip for a hummus dip to go with your veggies.

Hummus is packed with fiber to keep you full and contains heart- healthy ingredients, such as chickpeas, to help reduce “bad” cholesterol (LDL).

“Super” Healthy Nachos

Trying to keep “crowd pleaser” foods on your Superbowl menu, while keeping up with your resolution to eat better? Try this idea for Healthy Loaded Nachos.

When you think tacos, you might picture ground beef, cheese, and sour cream, but it’s time to kick past the field goal!

Heart Healthy Super Bowl Swap:

Opt for lettuce wraps filled with lean turkey, shredded chicken, or pork.

Use bib lettuce as “taco shells” and chill them beforehand so they’ll be crisp and fresh. Sauté the meat with flavorful, healthy veggies like onions and peppers.

When it’s time to eat, top it off with salsa. Add a dollop of guacamole for color and creamy texture.

Super Sweet Snacks

Cookies, brownies, and other treats are bound to make their way into the typical snack line up for game day, but let’s think healthier!

Heart Healthy Super Bowl Swap:

Grapes, berries, and cubed watermelon are sweet and nutritious snacks to nibble on.

Fruit will satisfy your sweet tooth while providing vitamins and fiber to keep you feeling satisfied and hydrated.

If you don’t have time to cube and prepare fruit, buy containers of pre-cut fruits at the market. Put them on skewers, drizzle with dark chocolate, or make fruit salad cups.

BBQ Wings Done Right

We all love the fried barbecue wings that are served on game day! But let’s try something different this year.

Heart Healthy Super Bowl Swap:

Opt for chicken, pork, or lean beef skewers.

Make your own and skip the sauce. Try some broiled chicken skewers or sweet spiced pork kebabs. Enjoy your skewers with crunchy, fiber-rich celery or your favorite vegetable to help keep you feeling full and satisfied through half-time.

Take a Time-Out on High Calorie, Sugary Drinks

Sodas, beer, wine and other high calorie sugary drinks are the go-to during the big game.

Heart Healthy Super Bowl Swap:

Instead, keep your alcohol intake moderate and try to choose drinks with fewer calories, like flavored bubbly water. Make homemade flavored waters using fresh fruit to limit your caloric intake through beverages and curb your sweet cravings.


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The Corporate and Community Health division of WakeMed provides worksite wellness and health promotion services to numerous corporate and community clients throughout Wake County. The department is made up of a multi-disciplinary team who perform preventative health screenings, education and coaching upon request. The department assists thousands of people each year on their wellness journey.