A Healthy Spin to Your Super Bowl Snacks

Super Bowl Sunday is coming up! It’s a Sunday filled with viewing parties, tasty treats, and football.  It can’t get better than that!

According to MTV’s Clutch Blog, the average person will consume approximately 2,769 calories on Super Bowl Sunday. Americans will consume approximately 100 million pounds of chicken wings, 30 million slices of pizza and 11 million pounds of potato chips that day among other food items.

 Anne Collins and Online-Ambulance were the sources used for this chart.

Don’t get me wrong. This usually consists of my diet on Super Bowl Sunday, but I think I may make some changes this time around. I have a New Year’s Resolution that I have to accomplish!

Some basic tips:

  • Provide reduced-fat potato chips, baked tortilla chips or pita crisps.
  • Make fresh dips like salsa.
  • Use reduced-fat cheese, sour cream and other items.


Do you like to cook? Here are a couple recipes from Eating Well that have a healthy spin, so you can continue to live a healthy lifestyle.

Chicken Wings with a fraction of the fat and sodium


  • 3 tablespoons nonfat buttermilk, (see Tip)
  • 3 tablespoons hot sauce, such as Frank’s RedHot, divided
  • 3 tablespoons distilled white vinegar, divided
  • 2 pounds chicken tenders
  • 6 tablespoons whole-wheat flour
  • 6 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided


  1. Whisk buttermilk, 2 tablespoons hot sauce and 2 tablespoons vinegar in a large bowl until combined. Add chicken; toss to coat. Transfer to the refrigerator and let marinate for at least 10 minutes or up to 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk flour and cornmeal in a shallow dish. Whisk the remaining 1 tablespoon hot sauce and 1 tablespoon vinegar in a small bowl; set aside.
  3. Remove the chicken from the marinade and roll in the flour mixture until evenly coated. (Discard remaining marinade and flour mixture.) Sprinkle both sides of the chicken with 1/2 teaspoon cayenne.
  4. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add half the chicken, placing each piece in a little oil. Cook until golden brown and cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a serving platter. Repeat with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and chicken, reducing the heat if necessary to prevent burning. Transfer to the platter. Drizzle the chicken with the reserved hot sauce mixture.

Per serving: 256 calories; 10 g fat ( 4 g sat , 4 g mono ); 83 mg cholesterol; 12 g carbohydrates; 31 g protein; 2 g fiber; 353 mg sodium; 248 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (120% daily value).

Reduced fat Southwestern Layered Bean Dip with a healthy amount of dietary fiber.


  • 1 16-ounce can nonfat refried beans, preferably “spicy”
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed
  • 4 scallions, sliced
  • 1/2 cup prepared salsa
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 cup pickled jalapeño slices, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack, or Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1 medium avocado, chopped
  • 1/4 cup canned sliced black olives, (optional)


  1. Combine refried beans, black beans, scallions, salsa, cumin, chili powder and jalapeños in a medium bowl. Transfer to a shallow 2-quart microwave-safe dish; sprinkle with cheese.
  2. Microwave on High until the cheese is melted and the beans are hot, 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Spread sour cream evenly over the hot bean mixture, then scatter with lettuce, tomato, avocado and olives (if using).

Per serving: 146 calories; 7 g fat ( 3 g sat , 3 g mono ); 12 mg cholesterol; 15 g carbohydrates; 7 g protein; 5 g fiber; 288 mg sodium; 164 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Fiber (20% daily value), Vitamin A & Vitamin C (15% dv).


I hope these facts, tips, and recipes help you out this Sunday. It is a day of fun that can be healthy! For those of you with New Year’s Resolutions good luck! And those of you that are New England Patriots fans better expect defeat because the NY Giants are going to stomp on them this Sunday!

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Enjoy the festivities!


Spring Into the New Year with a Healthier You!

As the New Year rolls around, many people are fulfilling their resolutions to get healthy.  What many people don’t know is that there are all kinds of fun and unique ways to stay active through CRI.  This spring is filled with programs and activities such as Fitness’ Boot(y) Camp, Aquatics’ Inner Tube Water Polo, Southern Adventures’ Climbing Wall, Wellness Week, and the Club Sports Fair.

Boot(y) Camp is a dance based fitness class for females that meets on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 7:00-8:30.  Most of the class consists of Flirty Girl but some sessions will have guest teachers for African Dance, Irish Dance, etc.  Meeting in the Mind and Body studio, the class lasts from January 24-March 8.  You can register online for $10 per person.

Inner Tube Water Polo is exactly what it sounds like!  But for those still a little confused, the object of the game is to score on the other team’s goalie by moving the ball to one side of the pool – all while floating on inner tubes.  No skill level is required.  Just come out and have some fun during free play hours from 8-10pm on January 25, February 1,8,15, March 28, and April 25 at the RAC indoor pool.

Trying your hand at the Southern Adventures climbing wall is a good way to challenge yourself and switch up your workout.  Open from 4-9 Monday-Thursday, 12-3 Saturday and 5-8 Sunday, the certified Southern Adventures staff would love to help you get started.  There are paths that range from beginner to expert and the RAC provides all the equipment you need.  I climbed the wall for the first time last semester and I had a blast!  For those less daring, our bouldering cave is a great activity that is always open.

The University Wellness Program puts on Wellness Week each semester to support and educate students on the seven dimensions of wellness – emotional, environmental, intellectual, occupational, physical, social and spiritual.  Speakers will discuss such topics as sustainability and nutrition.  Students can also learn more at the Live Well Fair in Russell Union on February 29th from 8am – 12:30 pm.

If you enjoy intramural sports, but are looking to up your game, Club Sports is the place to be!  Come check out all the different options at the Club Sports fair on January 23 from 6-8pm at the RAC.  Some of the teams include volleyball, MMA, tennis, cross-country, soccer and dance.
There is truly an activity for everyone at CRI no matter what your fitness level.  We want to help you reach your New Year’s goals, so stop by the RAC today and try something new!

Hope to see you soon!