6 Smart Super Bowl Swaps

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Beer

Tempting as it may be -- especially if your team scores an opening touchdown -- you should wait until the second quarter to drink your first beer. Here's why: In a recent study, Dutch researchers gave people a premeal serving of booze, food, water, or nothing. Those who had the booze spent more time eating, began feeling full later in the meal, and as a result ate an average of 192 extra calories.

Once you do crack open that brew, make sure you get the most flavor for your calories. Beer labels don't list calories, so let us help: Drink a Guinness Draught, which is smooth and refreshing at 125 calories. Compare that to the 124-calorie Sam Adams Light, and you're getting a real, full-flavored beer instead of a lesser, lighter beer for only one measly extra calorie.

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Sandwiches

When it comes to cold cuts and condiments, get creative. Too many great spreads go overlooked while mayo and oil drive calorie counts through the roof. Try hummus, mustard, vinegar or even a cranberry spread for a delicious, diet-safe change of pace. For an easy calorie reduction and nutrient boost, always go open-faced with wheat bread. As for your meats, ham, turkey, and roast beef all have similar calorie and fat counts. Throw on a strip of bacon or two for a savory splurge: At only 42 calories and 1 gram of saturated fat each, your waistline can afford it for the big game.

Want to make your sandwich even leaner? Skip the cheese. (Like you really taste it anyway.) Don't forget to cut the meat in half and add veggies like pickles and peppers to flavor it up.

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