When it comes to Superbowl viewing, 9 out of 10 people will be at home or a friend’s house watching the big game. On average, fans will eat 1,200 calories worth of snack foods during the game, not counting drinks or actual meals.
We put our heads together to come up with a list of top game-watching snacks, and then found healthier interpretations for which to swap them.
1. Black bean salad, substitute for loaded nachos.
Loaded with canned olives, peppers, processed cheese, and meat, nachos aren’t exactly the lightest of fan fare. Get a full dose of fresh veggie with a black bean salad. Serve in a bowl or pair with chips to make it finger-friendly.
2. Pulled pork, substitute for hamburger and hot dogs.
Ditch the white buns, frozen dogs and burgers, and turn on your slow cooker. Rub pork shoulder with spices and pair with baked beans for a healthy alternative to your usual processed meat.
3. Turkey chili, substitute for ground beef chili.
Opt for a leaner source of protein by making your chili with turkey meat pieces instead of ground beef. Make sure you add in different types of beans to make your chili protein packed and extra-filling.
4. Chocolate coconut macaroons, substitute for cake and cookies.
Forget sugar loaded, calorie dense cookies and cake, it’s been done before. Try your hand at making non-bake chocolate macaroons. Coconut, coconut oil, honey, sea salt and high quality chocolate powder make for a delicious treat. Pop into the freezer and they’re ready to go when your guests get a dessert fixing.
5. Buffalo chicken wings substitute for…nothing.
Let’s face it, there is no substitute for the real thing. People just love buffalo wings; in fact, the National Chicken Council estimated 1.23 billion chicken wings were eaten last year.
However, you can always cut down on excess calories and fats by taking it easy on the blue cheese dip, and alternating eating wings with celery or carrots.
Happy game watching and bon appetit!