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Tips to cut the cals in Super Bowl appetizers

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Believe it or not, in America, Super Bowl Sunday is actually the second highest calorie intake day of the year according to officials.

Eau Claire Area City-County Health Department Public Health Nutritionist, Susan Krahn, told News 18 it's easy for calories to creep up while watching the big game. Krahn said one bag of chips can amount to an average person's daily calorie intake of 2,000 calories.

She added you can still enjoy the game, snacks and treats while making mindful choices. Krahn said you can practice eating a balanced plate during your Super Bowl party by grabbing a smaller plate of your favorite foods, but only have one plate. This option allows you to have your favorite buffalo wings, cookies and snacks without going back for a second plate.

If you plan on drinking alcoholic beverages, practice drinking one glass of water in between each drink.

Krahn also advises fans opt for lower calorie appetizers like fruits and vegetables.

"Do a quick internet search for healthy Super Bowl snacks and you'll come up with really fun healthy ideas like baked chicken wings instead of fried. Maybe you'll find a baked buffalo cauliflower bite recipe, or sweet potato skins or a healthy dip. Instead of a bag of chips, serve some crunchy vegetables with a yogurt dip," Krahn said.

Another helpful reminder, the Super Bowl can be a great family-fun event. Krahn said if you make healthy choices at a watch party as an adult, your child will most likely follow in your footsteps.

The final tip Krahn shared with News 18 - eat a small healthy snack before heading to a party. She said this will prevent yourself from overindulging during the game.  

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