Who cares if you're not a football fan. The Super Bowl is a super eating event for most Americans.
Research by the Calorie Control Council (CCC) and Snack Food Association reports that Americans will eat 30 million pounds of snacks on the big game day. That breaks down 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. The average armchair quarterback will consume 1200 calories and 50 grams of fat just from snacking.
If you want to try to cut calories or make an attempt to eat a little healthier during the big game, the CCC recommends pre-planning your Super Bowl event. Try making traditional snacks with lower fat options. For dips, choose salsa, which is fat-free, and make dips/sauces with reduced-fat sour cream and non-fat Greek yogurt. Use more seasonings and spices such as garlic, cilantro, parsley and hot peppers to add great flavor, and go lighter on the salt. Add fresh fruit and vegetables for dipping.
Beth Hubrich, a dietitian with the CCC, recommends planning a “Pre-Super Bowl Workout” before settling in to watch the game. “For example, to burn off those 1200 calories from snacking during the Super Bowl, it would take three hours of walking around a football field or one hour and 45 minutes of running. Or, if you want to get into the game spirit, it would take two hours of playing touch football to burn those calories,” she says.
For ideas on snacks to make check out this appetizer recipe section to find a list of healthy spreads and dips perfect for the next Super Bowl party.
For more information, along with free online calorie and exercise calculators, visit: www.caloriecontrol.org.