Nutritional pitfalls: High in saturated fat and sodium
Nutritional potential: Chicken is a lean protein; you can load up on celery and carrot sticks
Nothing says football like Buffalo wings, but those delectable, meaty snacks are a big, fat dietary no-no: the deep-fried skin is full of saturated fat, and the vinegary, spicy sauce is teeming with sodium. Just one serving of wings from Domino's Pizza has 690 mg of sodium — that's nearly one-third of the DGA's recommended 2,300 mg daily limit. And considering that a serving size is just two wings, it's easy to imagine chowing down on three servings in a single sitting. Add an assist in saturated fat from the blue-cheese dressing, and we're talking a major artery-clogging snack.
But it doesn't have to be that way. Why not make baked Tandoori chicken poppers instead? Rather than frying your wings and smothering them in sauce, try putting a Tandoori spice rub on the raw wings and then throw them in the oven to bake. Instead of blue cheese, make a creamy dip out of low-fat Greek yogurt, cucumber and dill.
And don't forget to pile on extra carrots and celery sticks. The new DGA recommends filling half your plate with fruits and veggies.
The U.S. government released the latest update of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) last week. The quick takeaway: reduce your intake of salt, sugar and saturated fat, and boost consumption of fiber, fresh fruits and veggies. And what better time to start than that traditional day of post-holiday gluttony, Super Bowl Sunday?