Score a Touchdown on Super Bowl Sunday with 10 Stealthy Tips from Musco Family Olive Co.

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10 Tips from Musco Family Olive Co. for Making Satisfying Superbowl Snacks with Fewer Calories

7-Layer Dip with Pearls/Early California Olives

7-Layer Dip with Pearls®/Early California® Olives

Make low-fat substitutions in the most popular Super Bowl dishes and use California-grown black olives as a lower-calorie, lower-fat, no cholesterol alternative to satisfy cravings and maybe even help lower LDL cholesterol.

Super Bowl Sunday is in the same league as Thanksgiving Day for food consumption in America. Nobody wants to give up traditional Super Bowl favorites, so Musco Family Olive Co., the folks who make Pearls® and Early California® brand olives, have a few quick, easy and delicious strategies for taking some fat and calories off the table – without guests ever noticing.

A two-pronged approach to the Game Day festivities can help: Make low-fat substitutions in the most popular Super Bowl dishes and use California-grown black olives as a lower-calorie, lower-fat, no cholesterol alternative to satisfy cravings and maybe even help lower LDL cholesterol.

Below are ten easy tips for kitchen quarterbacks to keep the partygoers satisfied and the New Year’s resolutions on track.

1. Combine equal amounts of low-fat and regular cheese for sprinkling on pizza or Seven-Layer Dip to reduce calories without sacrificing flavor and good melting ability.

2. Use low-fat or non-fat sour cream to cut calories but keep the tangy flavor and texture of favorite dips.

3. Skip the potato chips. Serve bowls of olives instead. By adding plenty of California-grown Black Ripe olives, guests will enjoy that perfect combination of fresh flavor with a hint of salt. What’s more, olives have zero cholesterol, no saturated fat, almost no carbohydrates and contain just 25 calories for five medium Black Ripe Olives – one per fingertip!

4. Offer some air-popped popcorn and leave off the butter. Spice it up with chili or curry powder to add some punch to the crunch.

5. Choose baked whole grain tortilla chips to go with that luscious Seven-Layer Dip.

6. Use lean meats such as turkey or chicken in recipes that call for ground beef.

7. Sprinkle sliced olives on top of dips and pizza. They're a great source of monounsaturated fat, which has been repeatedly demonstrated in studies to lower bad (LDL) cholesterol. They also contain antioxidants, such as Vitamins A & E and anti-inflammatory polyphenols.

8. Serve homemade olive-topped pizza and try using whole wheat pita rounds for a crust. Cut it into appetizer-sized slices and guests will feel like they’re eating more.

9. Sandwiches are one of the most popular Super Bowl party foods. Skip the bread and make some B.O.L.T.S. or Bacon Olive Lettuce and Tomato Skewers. Lighten them up even more with turkey bacon.

10. Skip dessert. At half-time, bring out a bowl of easy-to-eat fruit with crowd appeal: sliced apples, orange segments, or strawberries.

Find chef-created recipes for Seven-Layer Dip, B.O.L.T.S, Black Olive Pizza and other tasty Super Bowl recipes using Pearls® and Early California® olives on the Musco website recipe page.

About Musco Family Olive Co.

Musco Family Olive Co., a privately-held family business, is the leading branded retail supplier of table olives in America. The company’s Pearls® and Early California® brands command over 55% of the total national branded market share and use nearly half of the 29,000-acre California olive crop.

Musco is a leader in environmental sustainability, with a unique closed loop water recycling program, a waste program that diverts 98.5% of the company’s waste from landfill into beneficial reuse or institutional recycling, a patented forage system that actively removes salt from the soil, and an award-winning renewable energy wastewater system (RENEWS) that makes Musco the cleanest burning biomass plant in California, if not the nation. 

Musco Family Olive Co. olives are available in grocers nationwide under the Pearls® and Early California® brand names. For more information, go to http://www.olives.com or join the Musco Family Facebook community at http://www.facebook.com/EarlyCaliforniaOlives or http://www.facebook.com/PearlsOlives

Note: Super Bowl Sunday/Thanksgiving Day comparison from Phil Lempert, Supermarket Guru, http://www.supermarketguru.com/index.cfm/go/sg.viewArticle/articleId/2746

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