Fruit does not have to be viewed as unpopular because it is part of the food pyramid. It can be dipped in a tasty dip or low-fat chocolate.

And if you are thinking, there's no way the fellas will go for that, don't forget about the ladies who are most certain to be in attendance. And be creative so it can be a hit.

You've likely seen a pizza or snack spread shaped like a football field or football; so why not do the same with fruit? You can definitely have fun creating something that either looks like your favorite team's logo or a football. If you really aren't that creative, spread the fruit on a large sheet pan and decoratively place in the projected score of the game.

Get grapes, pineapples, apples, kiwi, oranges and any other fruit that will awaken your creative juices.

potato chips on plate with dip

No. 2: Don't let the dip tip the scale

Some type of dip is likely to be part of the Super Bowl menu. After all, it just isn't a party without some dip, right?

If it calls for cheese, you already know that it should be low fat. But if the recipe calls for sour cream or cream cheese -- or even salsa -- be sure to grab the container with the least amount of calories.

If you prepare one of those really delicious dips that have sausage or ground beef, swap the meat out with turkey. And if you have gone out of your way to lower the caloric content of the dip, make sure that what your guests will be dipping with is healthier, too.

Grab a wheat nacho or a baked chip. If that's getting a bit too healthy for you, just be sure to grab the bag that has the least amount of sodium. Yep, sodium intake contributes to gaining weight.

All that food is likely to leave you with some thirsty guest, so don't forget the beverages when it comes to healthy party choices ...

bottles of beer with condensation

No. 1: Pour some low-cal drinks

Light beer is definitely a top seller, so be sure to grab plenty.

If liquor is your choice, don't use a lot of juice, syrup or mixer. Make it low-cal and then be sure to only make it a splash of orange juice, cranberry juice or whatever is fancied. Don't forget that the liquor can also be served on the rocks.

The standard 1.5 ounce serving of 80-proof alcohol has 96 calories. And if you are a wine drinker, a glass usually contains 125 to 150 calories. Beer can range from 64 to 198 calories per 12 ounces.

So as you prepare to cheer on your favorite Super Bowl team, leave your party-goers with only good memories of a great time instead of a few pounds.

Help them stay on track if they have resolved to lose weight by preparing your own pizza and sandwiches with healthier ingredients. Serve fruit and only use a splash of juice or serve cocktails on the rocks.

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