13 Oct Healthy Guide to Game Day Snacks
Super Bowl Sunday is the second biggest day of the year for food consumption in the US (Thanksgiving is #1). The average football fan eats about 1200 calories during the game – that’s almost a full day’s worth of calories in snacks!
Healthy snacking does NOT have to be boring! To keep your energy levels going, steer clear of foods with lots of added sugars like candy bars or soda. Instead, choose snacks that contain fiber and combine them with protein-rich snacks.
Pizza can be a healthy option, but avoid the greasy, refined-flour and processed meat versions. Order less cheese and ask for extra veggies (if you can’t resist meat toppings, ham and chicken are the healthiest options). Ask for whole grain crust, if available, or thin crust (refined white flours cause your blood sugar levels to rise, leading to cravings and overeating). You can also make quickie versions of healthy pizza by using whole-wheat English muffins or pita bread. Top the crust with a few slices of fresh tomato, minced garlic, part-skim mozzarella, and grated Parmesan cheese. Melt under the broiler until the cheese is melted.