The best tips for healthier alternatives to Super Bowl party favorites

By Gillian Pensavalle, Buzz60

Super Bowl parties are right around the corner and if you're trying to watch what you eat, they can be a nightmare. But they don't have to be.

You don't need to be a health guru to find ways to enjoy Super Bowl party treats without the guilt. It's actually pretty easy if you get creative. Here are some ideas to get you started:

So much food at Super Bowl parties is fried, but there are other options. Chicken wings are a necessity, so try baking or broiling them. It's still chicken and hot sauce! You can do the same with chicken tenders, just get them crispy with some panko or corn flakes instead of throwing them in a fryer.

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Game day snacks great for football season

Enchilada Beef Sliders

"Leftover shredded beef? Turn it into these Enchilada Beef Sliders. Savory, a little bit sweet and a little bit spicy, they are sure to be a crowd pleaser!" - Taste and Tell

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Cantina Style Salsa with Homemade Corn Tortilla Chips

With fresh ingredients, this simple and delicious cantina style salsa with homemade corn tortilla chips comes together quickly for a tasty snack! - With Salt and Wit

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Kosher Italian Beef Topped Chicago Dog 

"Try this Kosher Italian Beef topped Chicago Dog for the ultimate hot dog taste at your next football tailgate!" - Billy Parisi

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Stovetop Whole Wheat Mac and Cheese

"Total carb fest, it was great. I have zero regrets. I slept like a baby.I think that’s one of my favorite things about macaroni and cheese. It’s this mixture of creamy cheesy saltiness that is so satisfying after a long day." - PDX Food Love

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Jalapeno Popper Sliders

"One of my favorite, go-to appetizers or party starters are these stuffed jalapenos.  Seriously, anything with cheese and a kick of heat and I’m sold.  So why not throw that in the burger?!?" - A Happy Food Dance

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Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sweet Potatoes 

"Every bite of these fluffy baked sweet potatoes smothered in juicy, saucy crock pot Buffalo chicken tastes rich and satisfying, but is wholesome and good for you!" - Well Plated

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Tsunami Wings

"This great alternative to the classic buffalo chicken wing will astonish you with its flavor and spice." - Home Skillet

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Hot Creamed Spinach Dip

"I just started throwing everything into a bowl until it looked like a ‘dip’ consistency, then baked it. This was perfect and makes a great, last minute dip idea that was cheesy and delicious!" - Carrie's Experimental Kitchen

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Chili Cheese Corn Dogs 

"Chili cheese corn dogs are a fun twist on the classic finger food. They are bite-sized morsels that are smothered in a homemade beef queso and sprinkled with queso fresco and chopped jalapeno. They are the perfect party, game day, or tailgating food!" - Cooking and Beer 

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Buffalo Wing Popcorn

"This popcorn has all the flavor of buffalo sauce but that is combined with a buttery caramel that does two things. It's definitely still spicy, but in a more manageable not crying-your-eyes out kind of way." - The Whole Bite

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Game Day Guacamole 

"One of my favorite game-watching munchies is chips with salsa and guacamole. Who doesn’t love a big bowl of homemade guacamole? The dish dates all the way back to the 1500s and the Aztec Empire of Mexico and people have been devouring it ever since." - The Usual Bliss

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Another way to avoid fried food is to opt for baked zucchini fries. Season panko with paprika and parmesan and generously coat your zucchini sticks. A coating of panko also helps turn string cheese into healthy baked mozzarella sticks.

Instead of some super thick stuffed crust pizza, try thin crust or even pizza bites.

Spinach and artichoke dip is delicious, but you can still get the same creamy flavor if you use part skim cheese, less fattening cream cheese and fat free sour cream. Of course you can cut your calorie count a ton by simply dipping veggies rather than chips.

This may sound like not as much fun, but your body will thank you and you'll probably be in the best condition to win when it comes to the family football game.

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