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Your Super Bowl Menu Playbook

Scout These Videos and Prep Your Game Day Menu

Whether you're a New England Patriots fan or a Philadelphia Eagles fan or just a fan of a good game, the Super Bowl is a lot more than football. It's a time for friends and family to come together, celebrate, and eat tasty food. But don't use the Super Bowl as a reason to engage in "unhealthy behaviors" such as overeating, drinking too much, and breaking newly made resolutions.

The best way to avoid eating unhealthy food is to set the right menu. If you are hosting or even just bringing along a snack to this year's party, VA has some tasty recipes to keep you on track. superbowl-menuRegardless of whether your team wins, or is even playing, be sure that the game is not a huge loss of yardage for your health or your goals. VA's Healthy Teaching Kitchens offers Veterans helpful and entertaining in-the-kitchen video recipes. Here are some suggested videos can preview to help you 'scout' for your game day menu playbook:

Grilled Chicken and Pineapple Kebabs with Grilled VeggiesThe warm summer months are officially gone, but now is still a good time to fire up the grill for delicious, healthy chicken, fruits, and vegetables. 

Baked Kale Chips"Sometimes they don't even reach the serving table - people just pounce." Olive oil is all you need to turn fresh kale leaves into a deliciously crispy, low calorie, good-for-you snack. Like potato chips, you cannot stop at just eating one. They are great for parties and a good conversation topic.

Homemade PizzaThis alternative to frozen pizza will offer fresh flavor, less saturated fat and sodium and allow you a variety of options for toppings. Use whole wheat dough for additional fiber. Pizza dough freezes well for future meals. 

Chicken Vegetable Stir-FryThis recipe introduces you how to make stir-fry sauce that is flavored with lemon, ginger, and garlic. Learn some techniques for stir-frying chicken and vegetables. This recipe works well with lean beef, pork, shrimp, or tofu. 

Red Velvet CupcakesWant to have your cake and eat it too? Join Registered Dietitian Angie Sebree, as she prepares a lightened-up version of red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. 

Most importantly, use your best judgment. "It's okay to indulge, just use common sense about portion sizes by balancing less healthy choices with healthy options," said Lynn Novorska, MOVE! Dietitian Program Coordinator. "When there's a break in the action, get off the couch and fit in some physical activity of your own." 

Read More: 

VA's Healthy Teaching Kitchen YouTube Channel

MOVE! Weight Management Program

Veterans Recipes and Cookbooks (VA Nutrition and Food Services)

Created January 1, 2018