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Helping Your Waistline Win The Super Bowl

February 3, 2012, 6:04 PM by Casey Wonnenberg

Helping Your Waistline Win The Super Bowl
SIOUX FALLS, SD - Between the chicken wings and chips, the average American eats more calories on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day of the year, aside from Thanksgiving.

But by making some small changes to snacks, you can save hundreds of calories.

Many people are grocery shopping for this weekend's big game, because what's Super Bowl Sunday without snacks?

"Probably chips and dip, pizza, that's about the usual," Mercedes Howe said.

But one of our favorite food days is also one of the worst for our waistline, especially for those looking to keep New Year's resolutions.

"I just started really paying attention to it because I work in an office, so it's kind of a big deal to watch it," Howe said.

"Here I've prepared a pita pizza," Avera Heart Hospital Dietitian Joanne Shearer said.

Dietitian Joanne Shearer says by making a few changes you can save hundreds of calories. First, a personal pan meat lover’s pizza contains a whopping 830 calories, but this pita pizza has around a quarter of that.

"Buy a store-bought pizza, add some pizza sauce, put whatever you like on top-some veggies. We put chicken, some diced peppers, a little broccoli. Bake it in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, and you have this fabulous-looking pizza that's absolutely delicious," Shearer said.

Shearer also says by substituting shrimp for little smokies you can save 145 calories, plus 22 grams of fat. Another Super Bowl favorite that's worrisome for your waistline? Chips and dip. But if you make this black bean salsa instead of French onion chip dip, you can cut more than 150 calories.

"Simple, simple to make with just some canned black beans, dice up a few peppers, throw in a little lemon juice and cilantro," Shearer said.

Along with counting calories, you should also watch portion sizes. For example, this is one portion of potato chips.

"Snacking really can add up the calories because sometimes it's what I call mindless eating where you're not really paying a lot of attention to actually how much you're eating," Shearer said.

So as you watch the big game, you might want to watch what you eat, but as Howe knows, that's not always easy.

"If anything, just watch my portions is all about I can do," Howe said.

Shearer says if you plan on drinking beer, of course light beer is the better option for your waistline.

Beck's Premier Light has the least amount of calories with 64. Some beers have more than 300 calories in one bottle.

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