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A Low-Sugar Super Bowl Party Plan

Whether you love football (or are just watching the half-time show and commercials), Super bowl parties are an annual ritual. If you’ve been eating low sugar, like everyone doing the 30-Day Sugar Reset, it might be the first time you’ve had to deal with a party full of tempting foods. Here’s what to do, whether you’re attending a party or throwing the shindig yourself.

If You’re the Guest…

You don’t have control over what’s on the menu, but you can control what you eat and drink. Here are five tips for what to do:

  1. Have a pre-game plan. Eat a healthy snack or light meal before you go to the party, so you don’t arrive hungry and dive right into the wings and dips.
  2. The best offense is a good defense. Find a seat that’s not within easy reach of finger foods, so you don’t eat mindlessly.
  3. Look at the whole field. Take a look at all the foods available and decide what you’ll eat and what you’ll avoid. Pigs in blankets are full of hidden sugars: crescent roll pastry has sugar as the fourth ingredient, and hot dogs often include sugar as well. Chicken wings are covered in sweet sauces like honey mustard, barbecue sauce, or teriyaki. Opt for guacamole instead and choose healthy low-sugar foods for the main meal.
  4. Drink responsibly. Craft beers can often be higher in sugar, so stick to regular beer if you like to drink. Avoid punches or cocktails, which are often high in sugar. And switch between alcoholic drinks and seltzer or water, so you don’t overdo it!
  5. Deploy your secret weapon. Remember to bring your Sweet Defeat to the party! If you want to avoid dessert or stop eating after one small piece, or keep yourself from drinking more, have a Sweet Defeat. The minty lozenge stops cravings, and you won’t be able to taste sweetness for up to an hour, so you won’t indulge.

 

If You’re the Host…

Plan a menu that includes low-sugar versions of traditional foods like guacamole, chili, and cornbread.

 

Low-Sugar Guacamole

Makes 4 servings

Contains 0.5g sugar per serving

1 clove garlic, minced

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced

2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice (from 1 lime)

½ tsp. kosher salt

2 avocados

In a medium bowl, mix together garlic, jalapeno, lime juice, and salt. Add avocado and mash coarsely. Serve immediately.



Low-Sugar Turkey Chili 

Inspired by the Turkey Chili recipe by Pierre Franey published in the New York Times

Makes 6 servings

Contains 6g sugar per serving

1 Tbsp. vegetable oil

2 cups chopped yellow onions

1 cup chopped celery, including leaves

1 red pepper, seeded and chopped

6 garlic cloves, chopped

1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped

2 pounds ground turkey

3 Tbsp. ancho chili powder

2 tsp. ground cumin

1 tsp. dried oregano

Kosher salt and ground black pepper

1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes

1 12-ounce bottle beer

2 (15-ounce) cans kidney beans, drained

Cooked rice, for serving (optional)

Sour cream, for serving (optional)

Shredded cheddar cheese, for serving (optional)

 

  1. In a large, heavy-bottomed pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions and cook until translucent, about 8 minutes. Add celery, red pepper, garlic, and jalapeno and stir for 2 minutes more.
  2. Add turkey and break it up with a wooden spoon. Cook until no pinkness remains, about 5 minutes. Add ancho chili powder, cumin, oregano, and salt and pepper to taste, then cook for 1 minute more.
  3. Add tomatoes and beer and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer 30 minutes. Add kidney beans and cook for 5 minutes more. Serve over rice, topped with sour cream and cheddar, if using.

 

Low-Sugar Corn Bread

Adapted from the Country Corn Bread recipe by Robert Del Grande published in Food & Wine

Makes one 9-by-13-inch corn bread

Contains 4g sugar per 2-inch-square serving

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups yellow cornmeal

¼ cup sugar

1 Tbsp. kosher salt

1 Tbsp. baking powder

½ tsp. baking soda

2 ½  cups buttermilk

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

1 stick unsalted butter, melted

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly butter a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. In a large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. In a medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk and eggs (or pour buttermilk into a large liquid measuring cup, add eggs, and beat in the measuring cup). Add buttermilk mixture to dry ingredients and whisk to combine. Add melted butter and mix until just combined.
  2. Pour batter into prepared baking dish. Bake for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool 15 minutes before serving.