My husband and I have been together for almost 8 years now. Overtime, we've become one (sounds cheesy, I know). And as one, we can definitively say we love chicken wings. Like really love chicken wings. In our younger years before cooking and adulting, we heated up precooked, frozen wings. We then evolved to baking them from scratch in the oven. Now we air-fry them since it gives us crispy wings without added oils!
I'm not going to preach what you shouldn't eat at the Super Bowl gathering but just suggest what you can add to your plate or bowl to give your body some extra TLC. Two ways to give your body love at a Super Bowl party is to mix in buffalo cauliflower "wings" with regular wings and provide black bean dip for your chips.
Cauliflower is a rich source of potassium which helps regulate your blood pressure. So while you're eating hot dogs, nachos, and pizza, your salt consumption will increase quickly. Adding foods like cauliflower "wings" introduces potassium which helps counterbalance your sodium intake. It's also a good source of insoluble fiber. So while you're jumping up and down to cheer on your favorite team tomorrow, the fiber will be working hard to move your food through your digestive tract.
Black beans are a legume high in soluble fiber which makes a good balance to any cholesterol-rich foods like cheeseburgers and deviled eggs. The fiber will bind to the cholesterol and reduce the amount of cholesterol floating in your bloodstream. Wonderful!
If making cauliflower wings and black bean dip is too much of a hassle or you're wanting more nutrition power on game day, give that lonely veggie plate some attention. Celery, carrots, and broccoli are all natural sources of potassium and fiber. Your body will thank you!
Happy Game Day!
Jane the Dietitian
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Jane Pelcher, RDN
I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist focused on helping everyone love nutrition through cooking! My blogs provide new home cooks with basic cooking skills and grocery shopping tips. Most importantly, I strive to teach the nutrition behind the foods you cook to help you understand how specific foods can better your health and prevent chronic diseases. I hope you embark on this journey with me!