Staying Healthy During Super Bowl Sunday

Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital gives insight on how to enjoy the upcoming Super Bowl Sunday without comprimising healthy eating habits.

Every Super Bowl Sunday, New Year’s resolutions are put to an early test with diet damaging dishes.

“Making better food choices can start with preparing a healthy dish to serve or pass for events,” says Lindsey Battistelli, R.D., program manager at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital’s Center for Weight Management. “There are many lower-calorie alternatives to the dishes we normally see. No one will notice that you’ve modified the recipe, so you don’t even need to mention it.”

Battistelli offers her take on a well-known football game staple.

“It is rare to think of a football game without some type of savory dip," she said. "This year, why not try a recipe that uses a majority of reduced-fat ingredients with one full-fat ingredient to create a healthier dip that doesn’t compromise great taste.”

Recipe for Henry Ford LiveWell Southwestern Layered Bean Dip:

Preparation time: 20 minutes


1 16-ounce can nonfat refried beans, preferably "spicy"
1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed
4 scallions, sliced
1/2 cup prepared salsa
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 cup pickled jalapeño slices, chopped
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack or Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1 1/2 cups chopped romaine lettuce
1 medium tomato, chopped
1 medium avocado, chopped
1/4 cup canned sliced black olives (optional)


1) Combine refried beans, black beans, scallions, salsa, cumin, chili powder and jalapeños in a medium bowl. Transfer to a shallow 2-quart microwave-safe dish; sprinkle with cheese.

2) Microwave on high until the cheese is melted and the beans are hot, 3 to 5 minutes.

3) Spread sour cream evenly over the hot bean mixture, then scatter with lettuce, tomato, avocado and olives (if using). 

Nutrition Information

12 servings, about 1/2 cup each

Per serving: 146 calories; 7 g fat (3 g sat, 3 g mono); 12 mg cholesterol; 15 g carbohydrate; 7 g protein; 5 g fiber; 289 mg sodium; 224 mg potassium

For more healthy and delicious recipes, visit www.henryfordlivewell.com/recipes

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