As we gear up for the excitement of the Super Bowl, it’s essential to have a game plan not just for the teams on the field but for the snacks on your table. As a registered dietitian, I’m here to help you navigate the world of game day indulgence without compromising your health goals. Let’s score a nutritional touchdown with these delicious and wholesome snacks!
Kick off your Super Bowl snacking with a colorful veggie platter. Slice up a variety of veggies like carrots, bell peppers, and cherry tomatoes. Pair them with a light yogurt-based dip or hummus for added protein. The crunch and freshness of the veggies will satisfy your munching cravings while keeping your calorie count in check.
Guacamole is a crowd-pleaser, and it’s packed with heart-healthy fats. Mash up ripe avocados and mix them with diced tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and a squeeze of lime juice. Opt for whole-grain or vegetable-based chips for a nutrient boost. Guacamole not only tastes fantastic but also provides essential nutrients and fiber.
Skip the butter-drenched popcorn and opt for an air-popped version. Sprinkle it with nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor or your favorite spice blend for a kick. Popcorn is a whole grain and a great source of fiber, making it a smart choice for a satisfying and crunchy snack.
Lean Protein Sliders:
Swap traditional beef sliders for lean protein options like turkey or chicken. Choose whole-grain buns and load them up with fresh veggies. This way, you get the satisfaction of a classic Super Bowl treat without sacrificing your commitment to a balanced diet.
Don’t forget the importance of staying hydrated. Opt for water, herbal teas, or infused water with slices of citrus or cucumber. Limit sugary drinks and alcohol to keep your overall calorie intake in check.
Lower Caloric Frosty Beverage Options:
Choosing low-calorie alcoholic beverages can be a smart way to enjoy a drink during the Super Bowl without derailing your health and fitness goals. Here are some of the best low-calorie alcoholic options:
- Calories: Approximately 96 calories per 1.5 oz of vodka
- Mix with soda water and a squeeze of fresh lime or lemon for a refreshing, low-calorie option.
- Calories Around 90-100 calories per 12 oz.
- Opt for light beer varieties to cut down on calories while still enjoying a beer during the Super Bowl.
- The best tasting light beer options: Michelob ULTRA Light beer; Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold; Heineken Light; Corona Light or Corona Premier
- Calories: About 125 calories per 5 oz of wine.
- Choose red, white, or sparkling wine in moderation.
- Wine provides antioxidants and other health benefits in addition to being relatively low in calories.
Light Hard Seltzers:
- Calories: Varies but typically around 80-100 calories per 12 oz.
- Choose hard seltzers with no added sugars for a low-calorie and refreshing alternative.
- Popular options: High Noon; White Claw Hard Seltzer; Truly Citrus; Topo-Chico Hard Seltzer and NUTRL Hard Seltzer