With much of the Northeast covered in snow, Superbowl Sunday is an even better than usual excuse to gather together with friends and family and have a party. I’m a Steeler fan, so I’ll mostly be watching the commercials, but I still love having friends over and serving them fun food and drink during this yearly ritual.

Entertaining doesn’t have to be difficult, and the more often you do it, the more at ease you’ll be. You can easily make up some fancier finger foods ahead of time, that are healthy, but still delicious:

  • Try these Zippy Zucchini Bites. You can make them ahead, and reheat them in the oven at game time.
  • Try a white chili instead of the usual recipe.
  • One of the simplest ways to balance out a party spread of snack foods, is to be sure to offer a simple fruit and vegetable tray. Sliced apples or just clusters of grapes on a bowl or platter, will get eaten up. Raw veggies such as carrots, celery, bell peppers, cucumbers, broccoli or cauliflower, pair up nicely with your favorite dip (yes, dipping is okay!)
  • Mix up this nutrient-packed Sweet Potato Salad as a healthy side for your chicken wings.
  • Serve this Mexican Bake or this Salsa with baked tortilla chips

You can enjoy snacking while watching the Superbowl, just be sure to have some healthy options available. While I usually don’t recommend skipping a meal before a party, since kick-off is at 6:30, if you offer a variety foods, you can count this as dinner.

Don’t Forget About Liquid Calories

Calories from beer and wine add up. Remember that a 12-ounce beer or a 5-ounce glass of wine provides about 150 calories, as does a shot of liquor. You can save some calories by using diet drinks for your mixer. Drink some water as well, and limit your libations to just two.