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Super Bowl Party Tips & Recipe Ideas

Author: Cara Walsh

January 30, 2014

Super Bowl Party Tips & Recipe Ideas

Author: Cara Walsh

January 30, 2014

With the Super Bowl looming this Sunday, it can be hard to stay on track with your weight loss program. However, with a little planning, you can make Super Bowl Sunday a healthy eating success. We have provided a few tips and fun recipes to make staying on plan a little easier!

Know the menu

Whether you are hosting a party yourself or going a friend’s house, know what is being served! When you are trying to stay on the Medifast 5&1 weight loss plan, you have to plan ahead. If they are making a meal that is completely off your diet plan, eat before you go. This will prevent mindless and unnecessary eating.

Drink lots of water…especially if you drink alcohol

It is easy to grab a beer or glass of wine without thinking. Instead of drinking unnecessary calories, keep a bottle of water in your dominant hand. This will also prevent people from offering you additional food and drink you do not want. If you are going to drink, make sure you choose a low calorie option. A light beer such as Michelob Ultra has only 64 calories! Or try a Medifast infuser with hard alcohol such as vodka, which is around 60 calories. Be sure to have a full glass of water between each alcoholic drink and set a goal for how much you will consume before you get to the party.

Bring along a healthy eating partner

Do you have a friend who knows you are on a diet, or who is trying to eat healthier themselves? Bring them along to the event with you! A friend will help support your diet goals and hold you accountable.

Focus on the game and socializing

Remember that the reason you are getting together this Super Bowl Sunday is to watch football and enjoy the company of those around you. No one will remember what you ate or didn’t eat at a family event. They will remember the time spent together. Make your focus on conversation and time spent with family and friends and not menu options.

If you have the honor (or duty) of hosting this year’s Super Bowl party, try one of these delicious recipe ideas below!




  • 1/2 avocado (peeled and pitted)
  • 1/2 head broccoli (fresh)
  • 1 tbsp red onion (minced)
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/2 tbsp hot pepper sauce
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro (chopped)


Steam or boil broccoli until soft, let cool completely.  Mash the avocado and add remaining ingredients.  Stir until well combined.  Use peppers, cucumbers or celery for dipping.

Makes 2 servings, each serving counts as 1 green, 2 healthy fats and 3 condiments

Creamy Buffalo Chicken

Ingredients:Creamy Buffalo Recipe

  • 13-14 oz. raw, boneless, skinless chicken breasts –
    yields 9 oz. cooked (1 1/2 Lean)
  • 2 oz. or 1/2 cup 2% reduced fat cheddar cheese
    (1/2 Lean)
  • 1/4 cup Frank’s Hot Wings Sauce (2 Condiments)
  • 1/4 cup Light Hidden Valley Ranch dressing
    (2 Healthy Fats)
  • 2 tbsp. reduced fat cream cheese (2 Condiments)
  • 6 Servings of your favorite Veggies (6 Greens)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake chicken breasts for 30-35 minutes or until cooked. Remove chicken breasts from pan and chop the chicken into small pieces. Place chicken inside of a baking dish. Set aside.

In a small sauce pan, combine Frank’s Hot Wings Sauce, ranch dressing and cream cheese. Heat over medium high heat, stirring until cream cheese is completely melted. Once melted, pour the sauce mixture over chicken. Then sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Bake for an additional 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Serve with 1 1/2 cups of celery or your favorite veggies for a complete lean and green meal.

Makes 2 Servings with 1 Complete Lean and Green Meal, 2 Condiments and 1 Healthy Fat per serving

*Note: You can use 1/4 cup fat free ranch dressing if it has less than 1 carb per serving and then count it as 2 condiments. One that may meet these criteria would be Walden Farms. Then use 2 tbsp. of regular cream cheese as your two healthy fats.


Sausage Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers

Ingredients:sausage stuffed jalapeno poppers recipe

  • 3 Whole jalapeños
  • 3 oz. shredded low fat cheese
  • 3 MSF Veggie Sausage Links
  • 2 Wedges Laughing Cow Lite Cheese (Original or Queso)


Preheat oven to 425.  Cut jalapeños in half lengthwise and remove seeds and ribs.  Cook veggie sausage links as directed on package then crumble into a small bowl.  Add cheeses to sausage crumbles and mix until well combined.  Fill each jalapeño with 1/6 of the mixture.  Cook on a baking sheet about 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and tops are browned.

Makes 1 lean serving, 1 green serving and 1 healthy fat



About the Author:

Cara Walsh
Counselor at The Carmel Mountain Ranch Medifast Weight Control Center
Cara Walsh is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Weight Control Counselor. Cara received her bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Science from San Diego State University and completed her dietetic internship to become a registered dietitian through the Utah State University. Cara is currently completing her Masters in Dietetic Administration through Utah State University. Cara has always had a passion for healthy eating and cooking. She loves to focus on how food can heal and provide nutrition-while tasting delicious. Cara thrives on helping others reach their full potential nutritionally. In her spare time she enjoys reading, going to Pilates and running the boardwalk on the Pacific Ocean with her son and husband.

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