Super Healthy Super Bowl!

January 31, 2014

This Sunday is the big game and we’re determined to make this year’s Super Bowl party healthy and guilt free! For those of you who don’t know much about the game, here is a little info:

The Super Bowl holds nine of the ten spots for the most watched TV broadcasts of all time in the U.S.
111 million viewers watched in 2011, making it the most watched television program in American history.
It costs $4.5 Million to run a 30 second ad during the game
Super Bowl Sunday is the second-largest day for food consumption in the U.S. Thanksgiving Day is the first.
On Super Bowl Sunday there are approximately 8 million pounds of guacamole eaten. To dip in the guacamole, approximately 14,500 tons of chips are consumed.
With all of those game day snacks, it can be hard to keep it all healthy. We have a few tips to turn you Super Bowl party into a super healthy event!

First, pass on all of the things that you would normally pass on. This basically means that you shouldn’t use Super Bowl Sunday as an excuse to eat the things you know you shouldn’t. Instead, keep to your normal diet; just make it more game day friendly.

Traditional Super Bowl cuisine tends to focus on savory snacks rather than sweets, but it is always good to have some variety. Instead of cookies or candy, have plenty of fresh fruit on hand to satisfy those sweet tooth urges.

Chips and dip is an easy snack and probably the most beloved on game day. The unhealthiest party of this combo, by far, is the chips. Fear not, we’ve got you covered. Our new Superfood Chips can take the place of normal tortilla chips, giving you a great healthy alternative to the usual grease bomb of chips and dip. Just be sure that you are serving healthy dips.

Guacamole is very popular on Super Bowl Sunday, and can be very healthy when made right. Always buy fresh ingredients and make it yourself, instead of opting for pre-made guacamole, which is usually loaded with preservatives and other nasty chemicals. Here is a great recipe, if you don’t already have one.

Instead of canned bean dip, try serving hummus. It is similar in flavor and consistency, but in general is much healthier. If you are making your own hummus, try using black beans, as in this recipe, so that it looks and tastes more like the bean dip your guests know and love.

7-layer dip is a staple for the big game, but it can turn unhealthy quickly with the addition of fatty ingredients like sour cream. This Sunday, try making this “Guilt-free 7-layer dip” using Greek yogurt for a healthy alternative. It’s just as good if not better than the classic recipe, but a lot healthier.

Chili is another usual dish for the big game, and it can be quite healthy if made with the right recipe. We’re partial to this “Black Bean and Quinoa Chili” recipe from Fit Foodie Finds.

One more tip that has nothing to do with food: If your whole day is revolving around football, get out and play a little! A great way to get everyone in the football-watching mood is to split into teams before the game starts and play the first half of a touch football game in the yard. When halftime rolls around, get out there and play the final half! Name your teams after the two playing on TV and use the game as a fun way to predict a winner.

What do you think?

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