Game Day Food Hacks!

by Maureen Murphy, Manager of Consumer Trends, Nutrition and Lifestyles

Football fans watching the game at home on television.

 

The finale of the NFL season for many is all about the game, but for others who celebrate this annual sporting event, the focus is on friends, food and fun. Super Bowl Sunday is the second-largest food “holiday” in the United States, second only to Thanksgiving.  It’s believed that football fans consume about a day’s worth of calories during the game, so it’s easy to see how good-intentioned New Year’s resolutions to eat better get derailed by noshing on chips and dip, pizza, chili and chicken wings.

Whether you’re the host or a guest bringing a dish, you can create lighter versions of traditional favorites for all to enjoy without sacrificing taste for better nutrition. Below are some simple tweaks to help, and since no big game party would be complete without chicken wings, you’ll score below with a delicious alternative!

 

 

 

 

Califlower pizza

  • Order/make sub sandwiches with lots of veggies and lean deli meats like turkey, hold the mayo and top with tapenade or a drizzle of olive oil

 

 

  • Rethink your drinks – offer fruit-infused water, seltzer or diet soda for guests to sip on instead of higher calorie and sugary beverages like alcohol, soda or juice

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