Watching the Super Bowl doesn't have to be about loading up with calories. It seems game day has almost as many food rituals as Thanksgiving (move over baseball - football is as American as apple pie).
Here are some alarming stats on
snacks and the Super Bowl:
- 11.2 million pounds of potato chips are sold for game time snacking
- 8.2 million pounds of tortilla chips make it to parties across the nation
- 30 million pounds of food will be consumed during the 4 quarters of the game
- 4 million pounds of fat is eaten while grown men in padded suits pummel each other in attempts to win a ring.
Just because the letters "XL" follow the words Super Bowl this year doesn't mean you need to eat XL portions. Don't succumb to the mindless nibbling in front of the TV. Make your self a plate of snacks, with more veggies (carrots and celery are popular crudites items on most snack buffets) than chips. When you have finished the plate, stop snacking.
Since the games doesn't start until 6 pm EST, we all have time to get out and get moving before the game. Take a walk, a bike ride or hit the gym prior to partying it up to cheer vigorously (that is another way to burn some calories) for your team!!!!
Don't forget to drink plenty of water, it has zero calories, a lot less than beer, and you want to stay as hydrated as the player.