So if you're avoiding the insanity of a bar to catch the game, choosing instead to host a party at home, there are plenty of easy ways out when it comes to food...order a pizza and some wings, grab a cake or some cookies, veggie tray with ranch dip, some beer...and done.

That's fine...but if you're still trying to eat a little healthier, here are some low cal recipes to try!

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    Let's start out with an easy one...I'll even let you off the hook and go for the jarred stuff here. The thing is, salsa is super low's the chips that get you in trouble! Try dipping your carrots, cucumbers, and celery into some salsa for a similar crunch on the skinny!

    (Want to make a fresh pico de gallo? Super easy: cut up a few tomatoes, a red onion, jalapeno pepper [take out the seeds/ribs to reduce the heat level], 1-2 sprigs of cilantro, and 1/2-1 clove of garlic. Add salt and pepper to taste, and a little lime juice to brighten it up. These measurements aren't exact, I just eyeball everything until it tastes good!)

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    Cucumber Ranch Dip

    This is almost a play on Greek tzatziki sauce. Greek yogurt is a great source of protein, and if you go for nonfat versions, it's about 100 calories for 6oz.

    Try this one from the folks at FitSugar:

    1-2 cucumbers, cut into 1/2-inch wedges
    1 clove garlic, mashed into paste
    1/2 bunch chives, thinly sliced
    1/4 bunch flat-leaf Italian parsley, chopped
    1 6-ounce container of strained Greek yogurt
    Lemon juice to taste
    Salt to taste


    1. To make garlic paste: chop garlic then add a generous pinch of coarse salt. Mash the garlic and salt mixture with the flat side of your knife.
    2. Stir garlic paste, chives, parsley, and lemon juice to Greek yogurt until well combined. Salt to taste.
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    Diet Soda cake

    Try this cake, e-mailed from Michelle W:

    "The best cupcakes ever: A box of cupcake mix and 1 can of diet sprite (for yellow cake) or diet coke/pepsi (for chocolate cake) - no eggs, no oil, nothing. Just cupcake mix & diet soda. AMAZINGLY low-cal and delicious! (The icing is what will get you though –beware) --- also, if you do yellow cake, a few drops of food coloring can make team-colored cupcakes- just sayin"

    Love it! Thanks!

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    Pizza Done Light

    You diet long enough, you learn things. Pizza itself can be healthy...too much dough and cheese is what will do you in. I dig these Flatbreads for pizza. Spray one with non-stick spray, place it on a piece of tin foil on a cookie sheet, throw it in the oven for 5 minutes or so at 350 to crisp up. When that's done, top with tomato sauce (leftover homemade kind, or from the jar, doesn't matter in this case.) and a handful of reduced fat shredded cheese and a tablespoon or so of Parmesan. Add a TON of veggies (broccoli, onions, peppers, mushrooms, etc.) and put it back in the oven for 10-15 minutes. Slice up and serve!

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    BuffaLow-cal Chicken

    Nothing says football like wings, but most wings are fried and covered in butter-based sauce. Save your waistline! Cut boneless skinless chicken breasts into strips, dredge in flour, dip into egg whites, coat with half panko bread crumbs/half crushed-up Fiber One original cereal --sounds weird, but trust me here! -- Coat a cookie sheet with non-stick spray, spread out the chicken and bake at 375 for 20 minutes, turning once. When the chicken looks crunchy, it's good to go. Toss it in some Frank's Red Hot Buffalo sauce, and if you're jonesin for some dip, try the light ranch from above, or go for just a little bit of fat free blue cheese on the side.

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