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Robin’s Healthy Take: Revamped Chicken Wings

by in Robin's Healthy Take, August 20, 2012
These flavorful chicken wings clock in at only about 261 calories per serving!

My boys love chicken wings – mild, medium, hot – ALL chicken wings. During our recent summer vacation, I let them order wings at our favorite oceanfront restaurant almost every day. I knew they weren’t healthy, but they’re active little boys (on the run 12 hours per day, especially at the beach) so they were considered a special treat. I decided to check the nutrition stats when we got home and, although I know wings aren’t “health food,” I was still shocked at the amount of calories, fat and salt in an appetizer portion. One appetizer dishes up half of your day’s calories and two days worth of fat and salt. And, my guess is, most folks that eat wings aren’t chasing them with hours of body surfing, castle-building and paddle ball. Behold the gory details:

Regular Chicken Wings, Individual Appetizer (numbers vary depending on the sauce and restaurant):
Calories: 700-1200
Total Fat: 30-90 grams
Saturated Fat: 15-24 grams
Total Carbohydrate: 4-101 grams
Sugars: NA
Protein: 39-72 grams
Sodium: 2350-4450 milligrams
Cholesterol: 267 milligrams
Fiber: 1-7 grams

Since my boys adore wings, I decided to do a recipe revamp. They’re mildly spicy, baked not fried and just as crispy as the restaurant version. And because I bake the wings and drumettes on a baking rack, a ton of fat drips away. As a result, calories and fat have been tremendously slashed.

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Football Party Appetizer: Baked Buffalo Wings With Blue Cheese-Yogurt Dip

by in Healthy Recipes, February 1, 2012
buffalo wings
Don't skip the game day wings you crave, just bake them instead of deep-drying.

It’s not exactly breaking news that deep-frying is one of the least healthy cooking techniques out there. You won’t find fried chicken wings, mozzarella sticks or French fries at the top of any healthy food lists. But they are tops on every football party menu. Wings, especially, are a must-have for game day, especially The Big Game. We’d never suggest you watch the biggest football game of the year without this favorite football snack, but we will recommend that you bake them instead of deep-frying them. You’ll get that same crispy, hot sauce-covered wing you crave, without the guilt (and without your house smelling like burnt oil).

The wing recipe featured in the latest issue of Food Network Magazine is a healthier twist on the classic bar snack; the wings are first cooked in seasoned chicken broth spiked with hot sauce so they’re extra juicy, then they’re baked in the oven until the skin is crisp and golden. Instead of high-fat blue cheese dressing, make your own blue cheese-yogurt dipping sauce to dip your wings and celery in.

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Weekly Bits: Game-Day Grub

by in Reader Tips & Comments, February 6, 2010

Super Bowl Sunday ranks second — behind only Thanksgiving — for most food eaten in a single day. All those wings, pizza, creamy dips and beverages can rack up calories and fat pretty quickly. The hours of sitting and watching the game doesn’t help either.

Check out this week’s list of reader comments for ways to avoid penalties for overdoing it during the big game. And because Super Bowl snacks can turn into quite a spread, read up on strategies for staying healthy when hitting a buffet.

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Chicken Wings, Lightened Up

by in Meal Makeovers, February 2, 2010

Teriyaki Chicken Wings
A game-day gathering just wouldn’t be complete without a plate of hot wings. This finger food can quickly max you out on calories and fat. Slim this party nibbler with these tips and recipes.

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