Healthier Superbowl Snacks

Jan 29th, 2014

Category: Blog

Healthier Superbowl Snacks

Over 100 million people watch the Super Bowl each year and during the roughly 5-7 hours or more of coverage Americans consume on average 1,200 calories and 50 grams of fat according to the Calorie Control Council. Howstuffworks.com, courtesy the Snack Food Association, posted this great graphic breaking down how many pounds of some of our favorite snacks will be consumed during the Super Bowl. While snacking on nuts and avocados are part of a healthy diet, it is the quantity and the pairing of chips and other fattening foods that make them not so healthy. Even too much of a good thing can go bad.

30.4 million pounds of snack foods
11 million pounds of potato chips
13.2 million pounds of avocados
8.2 million pounds of tortilla chips
4.3 million pounds of pretzels
3.8 million pounds of popcorn
2.5 million pounds of snack nuts

So this Super Bowl Sunday, that kicks off at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey this Sunday, Feb. 2 at 6:25 p.m. ET, you can choose to live it up and eat a days worth of calories in a few hours or you can partake in some of these tasty treats, from Aimee Nicotera, Fitness and Nutrition Expert and Former Fitness Director of Canyon Ranch and Equinox, New York City’s Franci Cohen, a certified nutritionist, personal trainer, and exercise physiologist and from KIND Bar, that will fill you up and spare you the extra calories.

Here are 7 treats for a tasty Super Bowl snack fest courtesy Aimee Nicotera:

BBQ Chicken Kabob: Create an easy to eat, flavor packed stick of vegetable chunks and lean meat

Veggies & Hummus: Baby carrots, snap peas, cauliflower and cherry tomatoes go with almost any variety of hummus

Turkey Chili: Use cooked, drained, ground turkey meat, lots of white and red kidney beans & spices to create a warm, protein packed pot of chili. Serve each bowl with a slice of fresh, multi-grain bread

Chicken Fingers: Dip chicken strip in flour, egg white, and panko crumbs. Bake these on a cookie sheet for great alternative to wings. Provide some fun dipping sauces to spice things up.

Nuts: instead of a variety of chips, put out a variety of nuts. Bowls of raw almonds, cashews, and pistachios will be a hit.

Deviled Eggs: replace some of the filling components with non-fat options and create a high protein, lower fat, tasty egg (Click here for a Chickpea deviled eggs recipe)

Celery with Peanut Butter: Set out a plate of celery sticks filled with natural peanut butter or almond butter. Most people like these but are too lazy to make them!

If you are looking to burn a few calories prior to the game or after maybe a few too many chicken fingers or cashews give Aimee’s new DVDS a try.

Source: Albany Times Union