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5 Game-Day Recipes That'll Keep You Jacked

These recipes are a win-win for your taste buds and your waistline.
5 Game-Day Recipes That'll Keep You Jacked
William and Susan Brinson

If you’re a football fan, it’s easy to spend the next 16 Sundays eating like an offensive lineman. But beer and brats take a toll on your belly—so change things up once in a while with food that’s festive, flavorful, and even good for you. A few simple swaps will turn a heart-stopper into a power meal.

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The ground beef in your typical slider contains more fat than a small Banana Split Blizzard from Dairy Queen. Sub out the ground beef, and sub in lean ground turkey, which will net you about half the calories, a quarter of the fat, and even more protein. 

Make It: Mix your ground turkey with your favorite low-sodium ready-made sloppy joe mix, add tomatoes, spices, and kidney beans (for extra protein and fiber), and use mini whole-grain buns. 

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A single deep-fried chicken wing has 160 calories—not counting the buttery hot sauce—so a quick dozen has almost as many calories as an entire cheese pizza. To make wings easier on your gut, go with pan-fried white-meat chicken tenders. 

Make It: Cut boneless chicken breasts into strips. Dredge in a mixture of equal parts whole-wheat flour and cornmeal. Pan-fry in a little canola oil. Drizzle with your favorite tangy hot sauce. 

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A single ounce of blue-cheese dip contains 150 calories and 14 grams of fat. So even if the only thing you ate pregame was celery sticks dipped in it, you’d still need to run for half an hour just to burn it off. 

Make It: Simply use Greek yogurt as your base instead of mayo, and add a little crumbled blue cheese, cayenne pepper, and a few dashes from a trusty bottle of Frank’s RedHot. 

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Four regular deviled eggs have about as much mayo as a turkey sandwich. But deviled eggs are all about that delicious yolk, so keep that, but replace the mayo with Greek yogurt. You won’t really notice the difference—but you will cut calories by a third.

Make It: Hard-boil a dozen eggs; let cool and peel. Cut each egg in half lengthwise. Remove yolks, add to a bowl, and mash; add 1/2 cup yogurt and 2 tsp mustard and mix well. Fill each halved egg white with yolk mixture; top with chopped onions, diced peppers, and paprika. 

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Compared with regular fries, sweet potato fries seem like the healthier side—but except for sweet potatoes’ extra vitamin C and A and lower glycemic rating, the two are nutritionally very similar. For the healthiest cooking option, always bake instead of fry—you’ll cut fat by at least 50% and reduce calories by a third.

Make It: Cut sweet potatoes into wedges. Brush with egg whites and sprinkle with sea salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Bake for 12 minutes or till golden brown. For extra punch, drizzle with low-fat sour cream and chives.

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