Healthy Super Bowl Snack Essentials

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It’s time again for that day cherished by football fans nationwide—Super Bowl Sunday. Did you know that according to the Calorie Control Council and Snack Food Association, Americans will eat up to 30 million pounds of snacks on game day? That equates to 11.2 million pounds of potato chips, 8.2 million pounds of tortilla chips, 4.3 million pounds of pretzels, 3.8 million pounds of popcorn and 2.5 million pounds of nuts. Through snacks alone, the average armchair quarterback could consume 1200 calories and 50 grams of fat! How can you reverse this trend in your home while ensuring the gang is happy? Get inspired with these clever tips:

Present the Protein

Unlike low-fiber, refined carbs, protein is both filling and satisfying, which helps minimize mindless noshing. So, on game day, offer rib-sticking fare like white-bean chili, low-fat turkey meatballs, or enchiladas with chicken, black beans and brown rice. How about lasagna with whole grain noodles and cottage cheese/tofu/spinach filling? Or set up a taco bar, with beans, cheese, chicken, fish or tofu, lettuce, salsa, and guacamole. For a low-fat alternative to wings, offer BBQ chicken tenders and/or meatless BBQ nuggets. Don’t forget the coleslaw.

Dip Smart

While many dips are fat-laden, other versions are deliciously healthy, such as Yogurt Guacamole, Overnight Shrimp Dip, Artichoke & White Bean Dip, Clam Dip, and Texas Caviar. Salsas offer flavor sans the fat. Try these easy, unique twists on the theme: Mango Cucumber, Spicy Cilantro, White Bean, Zesty Corn, Pear, or Easy Blender Salsa. Visit this site for over 100 healthy versions of dips, spreads and salsas. Link.

Nix the Potato Chips

Calorie Control Council’s research reveals that potato chips will account for 27 billion calories and 1.8 billion grams of fat.  These 1.8 billion fat grams nationwide equate to four million pounds of fat. Instead, serve a tasty array of dips with a large, colorful veggie platter, low-fat sweet potato chips, baked corn chips, toasted pita bread, or whole grain bread sticks. Your guest will love the novel options. And they’re kid-friendly too!

Offer a Varied Drink Array

By some estimates, up to 325.5 million gallons of beer are consumed during the Super Bowl. Fans may love their beer, but they would most likely drink less if other options were available. So, along with good micro brew ales, add some light beer as well as natural sodas, sparkling and bottled waters—even a festive punchbowl with fresh juice mixed with sparkling water or calorie-free natural lime soda.

This beloved annual event can be both fun and healthy. Try these clever tactics for smart, tasty food and drinks and you’re bound to score. Game on!

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