16 Healthy Super Bowl Snacks: Don't Let the Big Game Ruin Your Diet
It is thought that aside from Thanksgiving, Americans eat more food on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day of the year.
If you're trying to follow a healthy lifestyle, thankfully you don't need to forgo your efforts over the football game! There are many healthy Super Bowl snack options available, but you do need to be open to a little change in the more traditional party foods.
16 healthy meal and snack suggestions for the Super Bowl 2008:
- Pita triangles tossed in a little olive oil, cumin, garlic powder, pepper; spread evenly on a baking sheet, and baked until brown and crispy. Serve with reduced fat hummus.
- Chicken fingers using skinless chicken breast strips, dipped in milk and seasoned with breadcrumbs; baked for 10 minutes. Served with a tossed salad.
- Homemade vegetable soup, served with warm, crusty wholemeal rolls.
- Chili made with lean beef, and high fibre healthy beans, such as pinto beans, or blackeye peas. Serve with homemade pita chips, and a dollop of low fat Greek yoghurt.
- Pizza made with whole-wheat pizza dough, topped with marinara sauce, lower fat mozzarella cheese, and lots of vegetables.
- Baked chicken wings, flavoured with herbs and spices. Serve with a mixed bean salad.
- Turkey sausages in whole-wheat buns, served with a tossed salad.
- Sandwiches made with reduced fat mayo, mustard, lean meats, and topped with plenty of veggies (pepper strips, onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, cucumbers and grated carrots).
- Sliced raw vegetable platter, including carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, peppers, baby tomatoes, cucumbers. Served with a low fat dip, or salsa.
- Cereal mix made with 2 cups whole-grain toasted oat cereal, combined with ½ cup chopped unsalted nuts, and ½ cup dried fruit.
- Baked, or lower fat chips, served with plain yoghurt and salsa, rather than sour cream for dipping.
- Unsalted, unbuttered popcorn, flavoured with herbs.
- Celery sticks spread with unsweetened peanut butter, and topped with raisins.
- Drinks - diet soda, chilled water, diet lemonade with slices of fresh fruit, or small glasses of fresh fruit smoothies. If you favour hot drinks try flavoured teas, or low calorie hot chocolate with a dash of cinnamon, or grated orange.
- Platter of sliced fresh fruit, for example kiwi, melon, pineapples, grapes, and berries. Served with natural yoghurt.
- Homemade sorbet made up in small glasses from 100% pure orange juice, frozen and eaten as dessert.
It's important to remember that you can gain weight by overloading on healthier snacks. So, try to be conscious of what you're eating, and how much. If you drink alcohol remember this will also be adding extra calories, so best to keep to a minimum.
Recent research has suggested that when serious sports fans watch their team play in an important game, they face more than twice the risk of suffering from a heart attack. We know that very often games are accompanied by eating junk food, smoking too much, drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, and getting stressed out.
Therefore, it's clear that trying to following a healthy lifestyle (even during the game), and avoiding stress can have huge benefits for your health.