Break tradition on game day by serving up healthy meals and snacks for Super Bowl Sunday. Yes, for many people, food and drink—and lots of it—share center stage with the game and the highly anticipated TV commercials. But with a few simple strategies, you can make healthy snacks that still taste great. To keep the damage to a minimum, try this food game plan.

Set an eating schedule. Eat a light, nutritious breakfast and lunch to help keep you from overindulging during game time (because even too many healthy snacks for Super Bowl Sunday can derail a diet). Then, sip some water and go for a walk or do some other exercise because by game time, you’re likely to be sitting down in front of the TV and staying there for the duration. If you're hosting, plan to serve early in the game so you (and your guests) can slow down by halftime. And instead of full-sized dinner plates, set out smaller serving plates. Research shows this can help you keep portions under control.

Lighten up fan favorites. Instead of nachos and cheese, satisfy a craving for Mexican food with chili made with lean beef or turkey, beans, and vegetables. If you're serving Buffalo chicken wings, try swapping the recipe with a healthier alternative, and have plenty of carrots and celery as an accompaniment. Try this lighter blue-cheese dip: Whisk ½ cup light mayonnaise, ¼ cup reduced-fat sour cream, ¼ cup crumbled blue cheese, 1 tablespoon each of apple-cider vinegar and chopped chives, and ¼ teaspoon black pepper. (In our preference tests, people couldn’t tell the difference between onion dip made with full-fat or reduced-fat sour cream.)

Serve dessert on a stick. Colorful fruit kabobs are flavorful and full of fiber and natural—not added—sugar, and you can use whatever fruit you have on hand. Plus they're easy for guests to hold onto and more fun than a plain fruit bowl.

For more healthy recipes, eating tips, and snacks for Super Bowl Sunday, check our Super Bowl coverage.