Super Bowl Sunday is not just about the game — it’s also about the food. It is one of the two best food holidays of the year, with Thanksgiving holding strong to the No. 1 slot. Friends and families celebrate this particularly exciting Sunday event by gathering to watch the game and overindulge on the football fare. Serving touch- down-worthy eats is a must while watching the NFL’s top teams face off for the title of champion.

A Super Bowl spread typically strives to achieve holiday feast status. This is not a sit-down dinner, but rather a brimming buffet. Super Bowl Sunday has become the biggest calorie fest of the year. The traditional game-day finger foods are crowd pleasers, but why not update some of them with a healthy makeover?

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By using turkey instead of ground beef, these BBQ Meatball Sliders pack less fat and fewer calories without compromising the flavor.

eatball sliders are ones I root for. Substituting ground turkey for ground beef offers fewer calories and less fat without compromising the flavor. Making a few modifications lends a hand for lighter foods. I promise you will not taste a single ounce of healthiness with these lightened-up sliders. Intercept empty calories and fat by making deliciously healthy versions of Super Bowl classics.

Although healthy alterations to some of the fan favorites are a great start, moderation is a way to go as well. Pass on large portions. As you near the buffet table be aware of your choices before simply plating and devouring. The chips and dips may sound like just a little snack, but it easy to overdo that duo. There will be an overload of choices, so make sure to peruse the playing field for the lighter options. Don’t forget to hit up the fruit and veggie trays when filling up your plate. Super Bowl grazers can eat healthy while still indulging in a few of the favorite treats.

Super Bowl Sunday is the second largest day for food gorging. The spread is always fabulous, but be mindful of what you are selecting from the menu. Whether you are a serious football fan or looking forward to the commercials and entertaining halftime show on Super Bowl Sunday, do enjoy the festivities. Remember, if you fall off the health wagon, don’t worry — the wagon will still be there in the morning. Just make sure to climb back on.

Super Bowl BBQ Meatball Sliders

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INGREDIENTS: 1 lb lean ground turkey

3 tbsp olive oil
11⁄4 cup bread crumbs
1⁄4 cup light brown sugar
2 eggs
2 cups barbecue sauce (your preference) *Read nutrition label for sugar amount
1 package (12) slider buns (I used potato) – salt and pepper to taste

STEPS: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. In bowl, combine turkey, bread crumbs, eggs, light brown sugar, salt and pepper

  1. Form the mixture into 12 balls
  2. Heat olive oil in frying pan
  3. Lightly brown the meatballs (do not fully cook them)
  4. In a baking dish, spread 1⁄2 cup of bbq sauce on the bottom
  5. Place the meatballs in baking dish
  6. Coat the meatballs with remaining bbq sauce

9. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes

10. Assemble and enjoy!

Suggestion: Serve with sweet potato fries Yields: 6 servings (2 sliders per person) Cost: $1.76 per serving.

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Desiree Arnold is a student at Del Mar College and a featured food columnist on the Foghorn since Fall 2015.

Desiree Arnold

Desiree Arnold is a featured columnist/reporter for the Del mar College Foghorn and is well-known for her "Penny Palate." She joined the staff in Fall 2015. You can reach Desiree at darnold@foghornnews.com or Follow her on Twitter @DesireeArnold17.

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