Nearly half of the country will be tuned in to watch Super Bowl 48, as the Denver Broncos take on the Seattle Seahawks for the title of World Champions.
With the four food groups of football being chips & dip; pizza; wings; and beer, it’s no wonder that fans’ Game Day calories often match—or exceed—those of the offensive linemen. It’s easy to eat and drink 4,000 calories or more before the fourth quarter even begins!
Super Bowl Food Stats
According to past Super Bowl game statistics, fans will eat and drink:
- 1.25 billion chicken wings
- 1.2 billion bottles/cans of beer
- > 100 million pounds of Hass avocados (that’s enough to fill MetLife Stadium, end zone to end zone more than 40 feet deep in guacamole)
- $240 million worth of soda
- 11.2 million pounds of potato chips
- 8.2 million pounds of tortilla chips
- 4.3 million pounds pretzels
- 4 million pizzas
- 2.5 million pounds of nuts
Here’s our super substitutions and healthier recipes for a leaner Game Day menu:
Contain the Blitz on Chips
Potato chips are the most popular snack that’s served at Super Bowl parties. At 150 calories and 9-10 grams of fat per serving, potato chips will contribute some 27 billion calories to fans’ diets on Game Day. To help contain the calories of fried potato chips, look for baked versions instead. For example, a serving of baked chips (1 oz. or about 20 chips) has about 120 calories and 3 grams of fat. Better yet, also serve up plenty of fresh-cut veggies to offer your guests the crunch minus the calories of chips.
Guacamole is great because avocados provide essential nutrients and beneficial mono and polyunsaturated fats. Here’s a couple of our best guac recipes: Easy Guacamole Recipe or our Joe Montana’s Tomatillo Touchdown Guacamole recipe. Forgo guac recipes that call for mayo our sour cream because avocados are naturally rich and creamy, you don’t need to add more creaminess to them. A serving (2 tablespoons) of most store-bought guacamole has about 120 calories and 10 grams of fat.
Super Subs in the Line Up
Submarine sandwiches are a best-bet option for your main course. Your subs should include lean cold cuts, cheese, and lots of veggie add-ons like leaf lettuce, grilled mushrooms, tomato and onion slices, roasted red peppers, grated carrot and pickles. Use better-for-you condiments, including a variety of mustards, light mayo and pesto. Don’t skimp when it comes to the bread, so choose whole grain rolls or baguettes, whenever possible.
A Winning Way to Enjoy Buffalo “Wings”
According to the National Chicken Council, Super Bowl weekend is the biggest wing-eating time of year, with more than 1.23 billion wings are consumed during Super Bowl weekend. Wings, because they’re pretty much all skin and then fried, are among the foods we recommend you bench. They look puny but they can pack in about 100 calories each if they’re breaded and fried. Instead, broil, bake or grill chicken tenders on skewers in a hot sauce. Wings aren’t complete without being dipped in Ranch or Bleu Cheese dressing, but since these dressings have about have about 125-150 calories per 2 tbsp serving, opt for a light option or make your own with nonfat plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream.
Pizza is always a Super Bowl party pleaser, but you might want to think twice before you grab a slice. Two slices of a traditional 14” cheese pizza pie weighs in at 625 calories and 24 grams of fat—and that’s without any meat toppings. The good news is that there is a simple way to slash the calories and pump up the nutrition of pizza—without sacrificing on the flavor. Here’s how: Order an extra-thin crust (whole grain if it’s available); ask for half the cheese and double the veggies. If you do that, you can enjoy a slice for less than 200 calories. In addition, the fiber filled veggies will keep you and your guests satisfied. Here’s one of my favorite traditional Italian “salad” pizza made with arugula, cherry tomatoes and fresh Mozarella and basil.
Blitz the Brownie Bites
Instead of indulging in that rich; calorie-laden cheesecake, or scarfing down jumbo sized cookies and brownies, try our delicious, portion-conscious Skinny Dark Chocolate Brownie Bites, which are made with coffee and unsweetened applesauce. A typical 2-inch brownie square has around 240 calories and 10 grams of fat—but who stops at just one brownie? Instead, whip up our delicious low-cal, which are significantly lower in calories, fat, and sugar; and portion controlled at just 79 calories a pop.