January is almost over and the Super Bowl is right around the corner… can you believe it?!
This post was inspired by a recent poll conducted by Frito Lay. Based on a poll of 2000+ adults who typically watch or plan to watch the Super Bowl, there is estimated to be a 21% increase in snacking compared to last years game! Super Bowl Sunday is always a large snacking day but the pandemic has definitely contributed to a large uptick in the last year.
Can you guess what one of the most popular snacks for Super Bowl is? Salsa! Over 68% of posers agree that chips and dip are a football must-have.
Although Super Bowl is only ONE night and we encourage you to enjoy the time with your family – we put together a few tips and tricks to make the game-time snacks a little more nutritious.
Plan Ahead –
Sunday morning should be business as usual with a filling breakfast and lunch that incorporates plenty of protein and fiber rich vegetables. Staying satisfied during the day will help prevent you from overeating the snacks and treats during the game.
Incorporate more color –
One thing football snacks have in common is their bland color scheme – lots of fried foods, chips and refined grains with the same beige/brown color. Lets add some more rainbow colors in there!
Instead of mozzarella sticks try Jalapeño poppers with a low-fat cream cheese.
Include a veggie platter with your snack line up. Make it COVID friendly by creating individual plates of veggies for people to munch on.
Make vegetables the star of the show –
Not only are veggies full of plenty of color, they are also filled with water and fiber. Both of these things combined make for a very low-calorie and filling snack. Their water content can also help balance out the dehydrating effects of alcohol and salt laden snacks.
If it’s already in your kitchen, skip it –
Chips and dip or cheese and crackers are probably a pretty common sight at gatherings. Instead of mindlessly munching on every day snacks. Make the game time snacking for foods you rarely have or usually save for Super Bowl Sunday.
Drink lots of water –
Hydrate during the day with plenty of water. Alternate alcoholic beverages with water to make for an easier Monday morning. Better yet, stick to club soda and lime to give you a zero calorie option.
We wish the Patriots were in it this year but we’ll support Tom Brady any day! 🙂