Super Bowl Sunday is an American tradition that dates back to 1967, when the Green Bay Packers faced off against the Kansas City Chiefs in Los Angeles, California. Since then, this game day celebration has continued to grow in popularity, with Super Bowl Sunday now ranking as the second-biggest eating day of the year (Thanksgiving, of course, is first). Whether you’re a football fanatic or you just enjoy the food and commercials, chances are, you’ll find yourself attending a Super Bowl event this February. But while you spend an evening surrounded by decadent comfort foods and unbridled enthusiasm, be sure to put some thought into what goes on your plate. Many Super Bowl dishes are high in fat and red meat content, which can lead to a variety of health problems, including heart disease, high cholesterol, and colon cancer. Here are a few of the traditional game day culprits you’ll want to look out for.
Pizza may be a staple at game day gatherings, but mounds of cheese and loads of red meat toppings make this fan favorite a diet fumble. Just one slice of Domino’s large Deluxe Feast pizza packs a whopping 320 calories and 14 grams of fat. And let’s be honest, who stops at just one slice? If you want to have a healthier pizza delivered to your doorstep, order thin crust with vegetable toppings. Or, you can wow your friends with this recipe for homemade Whole Wheat Pizza Margherita.
These tasty, handheld snacks come in a wide variety of flavors and dipping sauces, making them the ultimate game day treat! Unfortunately, chicken wings are also notorious for their high fat content, with just one battered and fried wing containing 159 calories. To tackle the calorie count, remove the skin first. One fried wing without the skin has just 34 calories and 1.3 grams of fat. (Source: LIVESTRONG).
Spinach Artichoke Dip
Don’t let the name fool you. The first two ingredients in this popular appetizer may be vegetables, but the remaining ingredients include mayonnaise, cream cheese, parmesan, and mozzarella. Spinach artichoke dip is loaded with fat, meaning you’ll want to give this dish a Hail Mary. For a healthier alternative, stick with guacamole or salsa.
A hearty bowl of chili with all the fixings is a Super Bowl crowd pleaser. It’s also loaded with protein and fiber, making this dish an MVP candidate for your plate. To eliminate red meat and lower the fat content, prepare chili with lean ground turkey instead of ground beef. Top your bowl with diced tomatoes and peppers instead of Fritos and shredded cheese, and you’ll score an extra point!
Now that you’ve got your game day strategy all drawn out, get ready to tackle those Super Bowl dishes the smart way. Keep fatty foods and red meats on the sidelines, and you’ll build a strong defense against heart disease, high cholesterol and colon cancer! Now there’s something to really cheer about at kick off!