The average “armchair quarterback” will consume nearly 1,200 calories and 50 grams of fat from Superbowl snacks, says Phil Lempert, aka the Supermarket Guru, who offers up some tips for managing game-day indulgences. Example: serve baked whole wheat pita slices in place of store bought chips, and be sure to have plenty of veggies on hand. If you tend to overeat in group settings, take steps to help yourself out: ask a buddy at the party to help keep you accountable, and/or contribute a couple of healthy snacks to the mix to help minimize temptation.
Here are some recipe ideas:
- Check out our better-for-you makeovers of Ellie Krieger’s Buffalo Wings and Guy Fieri’s Chili. (Speaking of chili, I was excited to hear that those attending the Superbowl in person will be able to sample organic chili courtesy of HOMEGROWN Concessions, a division of Farm Aid—making this the first Superbowl to serve organic food.)
- For those who don’t eat meat (like me), try Kim O’Donnel’s recipe for Quesadillas with Beets and Greens (tip: sub olive oil for vegetable oil).
If going out (or ordering in) is more your style, check out our guides to Superbowl Sunday in Manhattan, Brooklyn and LA, featuring better-for-you game day eats (dine-in and take-out/delivery options included).
Personally, I’ll be spending Super Bowl Sunday watching the Puppy Bowl and ignoring all the football-related tweets in my Twitter feed. How do you plan to spend the day?