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Tackling Super Bowl Snacks

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It doesn't matter which team you're rooting for, food is always the MVP at a Super Bowl party; but we're calling a foul on the calories.

Watching the big game and watching what you eat has never been a winning combination.

"On an average day maybe, but not for the Super Bowl," said Channing Wells of Erie.

It's an American tradition- football and food- but it's easy to get blind-sided by the calories on your plate.

"Just a slice of pizza can have as many as 300 calories," said Dietician Sandra Luthringer, who owns Super Suppers. "Beer has about 150 average, a handful of potato chips with just a small amount of dip can be another couple hundred calories right there."

With these stand-bys, you could consume your entire daily recommended calories in the first twenty minutes of the game.

But burning it off takes a lot longer. "It takes about 3000 steps or about a mile to burn off 100 calories," said Luthringer.

So, if you eat six chicken wings with ranch, you'd have to walk the length of almost 230 football fields to undo it.

If you don't feel like running hundreds  of football fields or doing stadium stairs to burn off the grease, there's another way to tackle the problem. Try trading in healthy alternatives for a leaner version of your fatty football favorites.

"You can make your own dips and you can make them with yogurt instead of sour cream," said Luthringer. And for the wings? She said "you can always make your own boneless skinless chicken breast sliced up and covered in a buffalo sauce and, then baked."

And the best defense against overdoing it? According to the dietician, "moving away from the table where the big buffet is at will definitely help you cut back on the calories as well."

For healthy Super Bowl recipes, click here.

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