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Score big on Super Bowl Sunday with this low-fat spread.
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The anticipation builds. Never mind which two teams will face off -- what will you serve on Super Bowl Sunday?

For most football fans, finger-licking food is the play of the day. The traditional winning spread usually includes chicken wings, barbecue ribs, pizza, nachos, creamy dips, and plenty of beer. Want to bypass the extra calories? It can be tough. Super Bowl feasts have progressed from simple chips and dips to blow-out spreads that can sink those of us watching our weight -- in other words, 65% of U.S. adults.

If you're the host this year, here are some winning plays sure to score with pigskin aficionados who may prefer not to know that they are eating nutritiously. Your game-day strategy is to sneak "good" ingredients into familiar foods without detection.

Lean Cuisine Use lean ground turkey instead of beef when making chili.

Fat-Free Buy fat-free versions of sour cream, plain yogurt, and cream cheese to knock out fat without sacrificing flavor in the majority of dips and casseroles.

Bean Town Add beans to pump up fiber and protein, making dishes satisfying without adding animal fat.

Veggie Might Toss in vegetables-whole, grated, or puréed-to boost nutrients and flavor with minimal calories.

Liquid Assets Remember that alcohol has plenty of calories. Stock up on light beer, white wine for spritzers, and diet soft drinks. Be sure to provide zero- and low-calorie beverages so that your guests can alternate alcoholic drinks with non-alcoholic ones throughout the day.

Below, find recipes for Goat Cheese, Fig, and Basil Pizza, Light Seven-Layer Dip, Chicken Satay Salad Wraps, Game-Day Spicy Popcorn.

Goat Cheese, Fig, and Basil Pizza Makes 8 servings (2 pieces each person)

4-oz package dried figs, chopped
1 tbsp aged balsamic vinegar
3 tbsp water
1 large pizza crust or 4 round pita breads
1 cup crumbled soft goat cheese (a 4-oz package will yield 1 cup)
3 tbsp chopped fresh basil
1 tbsp pine nuts
1/2-1 tbsp olive oil

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Combine the figs, balsamic vinegar, and water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

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