Game Day Strategies for Healthy “Penalty-Free” Super Bowl Parties

If you’re one of the more than 100 million Americans watching Super Bowl 45 on February 6th this year, you know what to expect as far as food goes:  Chips and dip, pizza, subs and, of course, wings. In addition to the actual gametime, pre- ,post- and halftime game reports can make your couch time clock in at more than six hours. That’s a lot of time to spend immobile while taking in between one and two days’ worth of calories and fat.  Some game day food stats are as impressive as the teams’ and players’ records vying for the Super Bowl title. This year party-goers are expected to consume 30 million slices of pizza, 11 million pounds of potato chips, 8 million pounds of tortilla chips, 50 million pounds of avocados and then wash it all down with $240 million dollars worth of soda and beer.

If you don’t want to end up feeling like a 300-lb NFL lineman at the end of the day, check out the advice of American Dietetic Association Registered Dieticians Julie Upton and Katherine Brooking.  Their tasty, lighter fare inspired by game day classics will not knock you off your new years’ resolutions. Follow their game day strategies for great-tasting and healthier options for all of your football foods on their website,,  for recipes and tips on healthy eating.