It's a time-honored tradition: It's the Super Bowl, the biggest football game of the year, and it's not complete without a carb-laden, free-for-all of food. Who can resist twice-baked potatoes, pizza, jumbo bags of chips, and decadent desserts? Fortunately, even if you're on a low-carb diet like Atkins, there are plenty of options that will make this Sunday a feast to remember and enjoy without guilt. Even your friends and family who aren't on diets will be asking for these recipes.
If you're on the home team, hosting the party at your house is the easiest option, of course, and gives you control of the menu.
Hit the deli. Save prep time for these simple, satisfying appetizers:
• Cheese and meat platters
• Veggie trays (make your own low-carb dip)
• Antipasto trays (olives, peppers, marinated artichoke hearts and mushrooms, fresh mozzarella, and tomatoes are a low-carb dieter's dream)
• Relish trays
Make your own. There are plenty of low-carb, football-friendly recipes in The New Atkins for a New You Cookbook: 200 Simple and Delicious Low-Carb Recipes in 30 Minutes or Less. Start with (just to name a few):
-Speedy Spinach Dip
-Spicy Black Bean Dip
-Classic Chili con Carne
-Lemon-and-Basil Chicken-Veggie Kebabs
-Peppery-Spicy Baby Back Ribs
With all these delicious low-carb options, you will have a winning Super Bowl spread that satisfies everyone. If you still feel you should serve some typical carb-loaded dishes such as chips or pizzas for your guests, at least you will have plenty of satisfying and guilt-free selections to keep your own carb cravings at bay.
If you're on the away team the situation is a little more challenging, but still very manageable. Try the following tips:
Have a plan. If there is one food you simply can't resist, allow yourself one very small serving, and leave it at that. If you know even that one small serving will open the floodgates to a carb free-for-all, resolve to stick with low-carb options.
Eat before you go. Have a filling low-carb snack or meal before you head to the party. This should make it easier to resist most temptations.
Bring your own. Offer to bring a veggie tray or meat and cheese tray, and/or prepare one or two of the tasty, low-carb Super Bowl-friendly recipes listed above. Knowing you will have a few low-carb choices that you love makes it much easier to enjoy the party (and the game) without guilt or hunger. You can also bring a low-carb nutrition bar as another back-up option in case your sweet tooth tries to get the best of you.
Don't beat yourself up. So you had a Super Bowl slip-up? Instead of using this as an excuse to call yourself a failure and forgo your low-carb lifestyle, make your next meal a low-carb one. Your next step: Plan your next week's of meals and snacks, which should help you get right back on track. Add in a little exercise to give yourself an extra boost.
The bottom line? Enjoying a traditional Super Bowl Sunday, and all the food that comes with it, is something you can easily accomplish with just a little planning ahead. Most likely, you won't feel like you're missing thing as you cheer on your team.
Get more recipes at Atkins.com.
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