Although our beloved Seahawks won't be playing this Sunday, plenty of people will still have their traditional Super Bowl Party as the New England Patriots face off against the Atlanta Falcons. Particularly for those who have diabetes or are simply trying to take some weight off as part of their New Year's Resolution, there are plenty of ways to lighten the calorie load.

Start Out With Lighter Fare

You don't need to put out everything at once to satisfy your party goers. And the more they fill up on lighter fare the easier it will be for them to put the brakes on overeating later. One of the healthiest things you can start with are nuts. Any kind of nuts will do but mix it up for variety with walnuts, pecans, peanuts, cashews, and other nuts that strike your fancy. Go for unsalted nuts so they don't overdo it on drinks.

Skip the Prepared Foods

To lighten up the calories it's best to start with fresh food, not with ingredients on labels that require you to pass a chemistry test to know what they are.

That means shopping from the perimeter of the store and not the aisles on the inside. There are a lot of recipes you can whip up that don't take much time and include tasty and healthy ingredients such as avocados, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, and lighter sour cream and cheese. We found a very tasty recipe, "Loaded Sweet Potato Nacho Fries" with only 174 calories per serving and 30 minutes to prepare (by Hilary Meyer of Eating Well).

Put Out a Fruit Platter

I know this isn't the biggest crowd pleaser, but people will eat anything when they're focused on a game. Slice up cantaloupe into wedges, keep strawberries intact, separate bunches of grapes making them easy to grab, cut up oranges and kiwi fruit. Use your creative juices to make the platter look scrumptious. If you're not the DIY type, go to your local grocery store to buy up a couple of fruit platters.

Other ideas for keeping the party low cal is to make your own dip (the store bought ones can be really fattening), make your own pizza using a pre-prepared crust like Boboli, and substitute turkey for ground beef in any of your current recipes.

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