can’t wait! We’re busy planning the party. We’re sure many of you are too. Unfortunately many of the traditional Super Bowl foods we all know and love are laden with calories, fat and sodium. And we just couldn’t resist putting a healthier spin on some of those favorites. We think you’ll find them to be just as flavorful and satisfying as the old standards.

Buffalo Wings are standard Super Bowl fare. The restaurant-style wings we’re all familiar with are pretty unkind to our diets. They’re deep-fried. And the typical serving (two wings) contain an average of over 850 calories, 62g of fat, 25.6g of saturated fat and 1418 mg of sodium Let’s be honest, no one stops at two wings. So here’s our take on lighter Buffalo Wings:

What you’ll need:
2 pounds chicken wings split at the joint
¼ cup good quality hot pepper sauce

What you’ll do:
Put the wings in a large pot and cover with cold water. Bring the wings to a boil and cook for 10 minutes.
While the wings are boiling , preheat your broiler
Drain the wings and arrange in a single layer on a cookie sheet
Broil about 6” from the heat source for 5 or 6 minutes, then turn and cook another 5 minutes
The skin should be browned and blistering.
Remove from the broiler and place in a large bowl
Drizzle with the hot sauce and toss to coat

The serving size for this recipe is 4 to 5 wings. Each serving contains 240 calories, 12g of fat and 710 mg of sodium.

How about some blue cheese dressing for those wings? The average blue cheese dressing will cost you over 240 calories and over 25 g of fat for just two tablespoons. Try this instead.

You’ll need:
½ cup plain yogurt
1 tablespoon 2% milk
¼ cup mayo
1 tablespoon lemon juice
¼ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
pinch of cayenne pepper
½ cup crumbled blue cheese
salt and pepper

What you’ll do:
Whisk together the yogurt, milk mayo, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce and cayenne. Fold the blue cheese in gently and add salt and pepper. Refrigerate the dip overnight.

For two tablespoons, this dip has 91 calories and 8 grams of fat. That’s a sizeable difference!

Let’s not forget about those loaded nachos with beef, beans, cheese and hot peppers. A typical serving of nachos like these runs over 800 calories, with over 50 grams of fat, with over 20 of those grams attributable to saturated fat. That’s pretty bad, considering the serving size is only 4 to 5 chips worth.

Our version is a lot lighter. And while they’re not loaded the way the restaurant versions are, they’re quite flavorful and spicy.

What you’ll need:
36 organic baked tortilla chips
1 cup shredded low-fat Monterey Jack Cheese
1 14.5 ou can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 plum tomatoes chopped
½ red onion finely diced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

What you’ll do:
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees
Spray a foil-lined baking sheet with cooking spray
Spread the chips in a single layer on the sheet
Sprinkle with cheese
Cover with remaining ingredients
Bake 15-20 minutes until the cheese is melted

A serving size here is 9 nachos (so double the serving size for the traditional loaded version). That serving will contain only 222 calories and 1 gram of fat.

So now that we have some healthier options lined up for game day, we can turn our attention to other important issues. Like which of the new commercials will win our favor this year … and how incredible do you think that half-time show will be?

Have a great Super Bowl Sunday!