“In a regular day, an American will eat about 2000 calories worth of food, but during the Super Bowl, the average American eats that amount of calories in about three hours.”–USDA
The worst part is most often these calories are of the sugar laden, processed, artery clogging variety. Chicken wings, dips, sodas, cupcakes, pizza…the list goes on. Granted, Super Bowl comes around only once a year, but what if we could make it a little less evil with a few minor changes?
Here are ten ideas to make your Super Bowl Party a little health friendlier without sacrificing the fun!
Stay Busy! Shift the focus away from food…a little bit.
- Game On: Instead of watching commercials at half time, how about your own football game in the front yard or at a local park with friends and family?
- Face Paint: Take some time and paint each others’ faces in team colors.
- Decorate: Put out a table with some craft supplies and let the kids show their spirit by making decorations for their favorite team.
- Origami Football: You can really get into the game when you make origami footballs. Get complete instructions here.
Substitute Key Ingredients: Flavor, not fat.
- Greek Yogurt Instead of Sour Cream: Replace half to all of the sour cream or mayonnaise in your dip recipes with plain greek yogurt. Greek yogurt with it’s muscle building protein and lower fat content has a fraction of the calories of mayo and sour cream without sacrificing flavor. Serve other types of more nutrient rich dips and spreads like guacamole and hummus, along side your crunchy dippables.
- Baked Chips Instead of Fried: Baked chips maintain the crunch and flavor we love without all the fat of the traditional fried versions. Kettle Brand Baked Chips use all natural ingredients, and good old fashioned Lays maintain the richness we crave. You can also try making your own.
- Lean Meats Instead of Burgers & Dogs: If you are looking to eat less saturated fat or salt, stick with the leaner cuts of meat and poultry or leaner versions of ground meat. Try marinating and grilling a flank steak and slicing it thin. Grill a chicken breast and top with salsa or a yogurt based spread. Rub beef, turkey, or pork tenderloins with rich or smoky spices then grill or roast.
Serve A Rainbow: Nutrition Undercover
- Fruit Kebabs: Colors are nature’s cue for good nutrition. Fruit kebabs offer a variety of nutrients and fiber that keep a sweet tooth at bay.
- Power Trays: Load up big ‘ol trays with your favorite veggies or fruits. Mix greek yogurt with ranch seasoning for a veggie dip. Mix in a little honey or pureed berries with greek yogurt for a knock out fruit dip.
- Flavored Water: Skip the soda and lighten up the cocktails by infusing your water and other drinks with fresh fruit. Get some ideas here.
More Ideas: Check out these great resources for Healthy Recipes and Fun Super Bowl Facts
- 31 Guilt-Free Super Bowl Snacks by Nicole McDermott
- Football Food Makeover: Healthier Super Bowl Recipes by Whole Living
- Healthy Super Bowl Recipes & Menu Ideas by Danica’s Daily
- Score a Touchdown With These Healthy Super Bowl Snacks by Michele Foley, Pop Sugar
- Fun Facts about Super Bowl Sunday by FoxSports.com
- Diet Detective: Healthy Super Bowl Swaps by Charles Stuart Platkin for Active.com
–Kamala Nahas, mother of three & family wellness advocate