Getting Ready for Game Day: Host a Healthy Super Bowl Party
Along with all the excitement around one of the largest sporting events in the world, we are also seeing a lot of press around The Crazy Amount of Calories Americans Eat during the Super Bowl. According to a recent study posted in the Washington Post article above, Americans are consuming more calories during the week of the Super Bowl than any other week of the year, including that of Thanksgiving.
With last year’s Super Bowl pulling in the largest TV audience in American history with 111.5 million viewers, chances are quite a few of us will be tuning in this year to catch the New England Patriots take on the Seattle Seahawks. But just because we’re viewing doesn’t mean we have to be consuming, or at least not the “crazy amount of calories” we’ve had in the past.
This year, Super Bowl XILX could be the beginning of a new tradition – one where we use a national gathering to continue to encourage the healthy habits we are teaching our kids year around.
To help, we’ve pulled some great recipes that have a healthier take on traditional favorites from the ever insightful Joy Bauer, NBC’s TODAY Show Nutrition and Health Expert. We also have some nutritious and delicious substitutions you can use in place of less healthy classics from our National Nutrition Advisor Carol Chong
Super Recipes from Joy Bauer
Looking for that snack with a kick. Joy’s healthier take on the traditional jalapeno popper can be made in under an hour and uses baking instead of frying to keep more of the pop and less of the grease.
A Super Bowl bowl of chili has become a mainstay at annual viewing parties. With the right amount of veggies and a touch of love, this chili can keep all its savory flavor while upping the nutrition.
Guacamole is one of our healthy favorites, but with the amount that can be consumed over the course of a national championship, it could really pack on the calories. Try this recipe cutting guacamole with some healthy salsa to keep the flavor and reduce the calories.
Super Substitutions from National Nutrition Advisor Carol Chong
Along with these amazing recipes from Joy, try a few of these flavorful substitutions to make those classic Super Bowl dishes a little healthier this year.
Substitute Chicken Wings with Healthier Chicken Tenders
- Make delicious and crispy chicken tenders without the frying. Marinate the tenders in a buttermilk bath seasoned with salt and pepper, granulated garlic and onion powder. If you like, spice it up with a few dashes of Sriracha or Tabasco sauce. Roll the tenders in Panko breadcrumbs and bake them at 375 degrees on a sheet pan prepared with vegetable spray for about 30 minutes turning them over halfway through cooking for even browning.
Substitute Chips and Dips with Crudités
- A colorful array of vegetables can create a perfect eye-catching centerpiece for your super bowl celebration. Thinly cut yellow, red and green peppers are beautiful to look at and make for an easy-to-munch finger food. Add in the usual cut carrots, celery and cucumbers and you have yourself a healthy snacking platter that will carry you through all four quarters.
Substitute Hamburgers with Turkey Burgers
- Try an “Asian” twist to your turkey burgers. Add a tablespoonful of Hoisin sauce per pound of ground turkey, mix in diced sweet onions and grill them to perfection. Serve it all up with thinly sliced English cucumbers. Marinate and chill the cucumbers in a combination of ¼ cup vinegar to 1 cup water and ¼ cup of sugar boiled and reduced to half the volume and cooled to room temperature before adding the cucumber slices. Try using crisp lettuce leaves instead of the traditional bun or whole wheat slider rolls.
We hope you all enjoy your Super Bowl viewing experience. And if you’re watching, be sure to keep an eye out for our Youth Ambassador Bobby Sena who has the honor of running out the game ball right before kickoff. Bobby was name NFL Play 60’s 2015 Super Kid for his healthy and active lifestyle.