Sticking to a diet is already hard enough, but now you’re invited to a Super Bowl party and you have to stick to your diet? Blasphemous.
Don’t throw in the towel just yet. You can still enjoy your favorite foods (to an extent) all while staying committed to your diet. Although most Super Bowl food staples like multi-layer dips, pizza and sliders sound like a disaster waiting to happen, there are ways you can make even the seemingly unhealthiest foods fit any diet.
Here are ways you can still have a good time at your friend’s annual Super Bowl shindig without feeling guilty.
Keto, Whole30, paleo, Atkins and gluten-free
Thankfully, one of the most popular Super Bowl dishes can fit almost any diet (sorry, vegans, but you can try vegan cauliflower wings).
When we say wings, we’re referring to the traditional wings and not boneless (fake) wings. Those are basically just chicken nuggets and are breaded, which would not make them keto, Whole30, Atkins, paleo or gluten-free compliant.
The tricky part about wings is the sauce they’re dipped in, so make sure to check the carbs, gluten and sugar content in the sauces before partaking.
Based off Buffalo Wild Wings’ nutritional menu, the dry seasonings seem to be the best option with most of them coming in at just 1 or 2 grams of carbs for 18 wings.
The medium hot sauce, blazin’ and caramel sauce are gluten-free, and if you’re going the Whole30 or paleo route, just make sure the sauce you’re getting doesn’t have any added sugar.
Vegan, gluten-free, Atkins, keto and paleo
Sorry, but regular pizza as we know it isn’t going to make the cut.
However, some restaurants have started getting with the times and have gluten-free and vegan pizza options. Domino’s and Papa John’s offer gluten-free dough, and Pizza Hut has a whole gluten-free pizza. And many non-delivery pizza chains have gluten-free options, too.
You could also alter any pizza you order to make it vegan — just skip the cheese. But beware, certain pizza dough contains non-vegan ingredients. According to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the thin crust from Domino’s and hand-tossed dough from Pizza Hut are both vegan-friendly, so go wild.
If you’re doing keto, Atkins or paleo, you can recreate a pizza and just use cauliflower crust to get around the no-carb and no-grain rules. California Pizza Kitchen is one restaurant that offers cauliflower crust — just make sure the toppings you’re putting on are diet-friendly, as well.
However, those on an Atkins diet might want to leave out the tomato sauce as the diet warns against added sugars in sauces.
Unfortunately, you can’t have pizza (even cauliflower-crust pizza) on Whole30 as you’re not allowed to recreate forbidden foods.
Chips and salsa or guacamole
Vegan and gluten-free
Vegan eaters can have all the chips, salsa and guac they want; lucky you.
And if you’re gluten-free, you’re in luck because there are hundreds — no, seriously — of chip brands that are gluten-free.
Whole30, keto, Atkins and paleo dieters are a bit out of luck. You can’t really eat many store-bought chips, but with the latter two diets, you can try and make your own paleo-friendly chips at home and bring them with you to the Super Bowl party.
At least you can eat spoonfuls of guac and salsa though (just check the ingredients for any added sugars or noncompliant ingredients).
Keto, Atkins, Whole30 and paleo
Unless the sliders at your friend’s soiree are made with low-carb, gluten-free, no-grain buns and have veggies instead of meat, they’re not friendly for any diet.
If you’re following any of the diets mentioned, the culprit in the sliders is the bun.
People who are gluten-free just need to make sure that the buns used don’t have gluten in them and the meat sandwiched in between isn’t breaded.
Those on a keto, Atkins, Whole30 or paleo plan will have to ditch the entire essence of the slider. Get rid of the bun entirely, and your slider will most likely be compliant to your diet.
Vegan, gluten-free, Whole30, Atkins, keto and paleo
It’s not a Super Bowl party without the infamous veggie platter. OK, so the mini carrots and celery aren’t as popular as the pizza display or the wings, but they’re friendly for every diet.
Just make sure to dip your veggies in the guacamole and not the ranch that’s usually provided.
Those on keto do have to be careful not to load up on the high-carb veggies. So stay away from the mini carrots and go for the tomatoes and green vegetables instead.
Loaded potato skins
Vegan, Whole30 and gluten-free
This obviously all depends on what the potato skins are loaded with, but if there aren’t any animal products on the potato skins, then go ahead and flourish, vegans. Eat as many potato skins as your heart desires.
Potatoes are naturally gluten-free, so if you’re gluten intolerant or just avoiding it, make sure that the rest of the ingredients on the loaded potato skins are gluten-free, as well.
Potato skins can be adapted to fit practically every diet, except for paleo and keto. Just fill the potatoes with guacamole and lean protein, and it’s Whole30 approved.