The average person will eat about 1200 calories just from snacks during the game on Super Bowl Sunday – not including meals or drinks! When you tally up the whole day, Super Bowl Sunday is the 2nd largest food consumption day of the year, trailing only behind Thanksgiving!
Now, if Super Bowl Sunday and Thanksgiving are the only days you decide to indulge, then you could certainly feel comfortable indulging in some wings or nachos. But what happens for most of us is that Super Bowl Sunday ends up being just another excuse to eat the junk. We say “Well, it’s Super Bowl Sunday.” In another 2 weeks, we’re saying the same about Valentine’s Day, followed by a friend’s wedding, followed by vacation…and so on. Before you know it, a few months have gone by and we’re still saying that we’ll start eating better ____ (Monday, next month, next year – insert your choice here).
This Super Bowl Sunday, I challenge you to include some healthy options in your spread. So what if no one else eats them? You can, and you’ll wake up Monday morning avoiding the “food guilt” from the day before.
Here are some great ideas to include in your snack line up this weekend:
- Sliced cucumbers, grape tomatoes, chopped celery and carrots – eat them plain, with hummus, or with a greek yogurt based dip
- You can also dip your veggies in a skinnier spinach artichoke dip – use greek yogurt instead of the typical sour cream and mayo base
- Fruit salad – sweet and delicious!
- Shrimp cocktail
- Create some caprese skewers with cherry tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and a light drizzle of balsamic vinegar
- Air popped popcorn or a natural light version of microwave popcorn
- Looking for a heartier option? Bake sweet potatoes, then slice and top with salsa and black beans
- Roasted chickpeas (try tossing them in olive oil and chili powder)
- Create a vegetarian chili or make a meat-based version with lean ground turkey rather than ground beef
- Rather than ordering pizza, try making your own with a whole wheat crust, half the cheese, and tons of vegetables. If you end up ordering out, consider these comparisons:
Choose: 2 slices of a large thin crust pizza with hearty marinara, cheese, mushrooms, onions, and green peppers (405 calories)
Avoid: 2 slices of a large deep dish pizza with pepperoni (685 calories)
Choose: 2 slices of a large hand tossed pizza with ham and pineapple (510 calories)
Avoid: 2 slices of a large Meat Lovers pizza (960 calories)
Choose: 2 slices of a large Garden Fresh thin crust pizza (with onions & green peppers, baby portabella mushrooms, black olives and sliced Roma tomatoes) (440 calories)
Avoid: 2 slices of a large original crust sausage pizza (660 calories)
Share with us: How will you make healthy choices this Super Bowl Sunday?