Super Bowl Spread Swaps

The big game is approaching. For many, this day brings together family and friends to watch one of the greatest sports events of the year, but sitting around the living room with an abundance of food also brings us one of the largest calorie-consuming feasts of the year.

Research by the Calorie Control Council (CCC) and Snack Food Association estimates that Americans will eat 30 million pounds of snacks on game day – 11.2 million pounds of potato chips, 8.2 million pounds of tortilla chips, 4.3 million pounds of pretzels, 3.8 million pounds of popcorn, and 2.5 million pounds of nuts! On average, one may consume 2400 calories from snacking, not even counting calories from meals!

This Super Bowl Sunday, bring something bold to the snack spread that won’t affect your waistline. Forget the chips and dip! These five recipes turn up traditional football food with different ingredients that also pack a nutritious punch:

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Set aside the chicken wings! Go for our twist that is gluten-free and packed with nutrition!

Taco Meatballs

Taco and meatballs?  Great on their own, but even better together! Try our take on this winning combination.

Cabbage Chips

Skip the classic tortilla or potato chip and replace them with nutrient packed cabbage chips.

Parsnip Fries

This side dish couldn’t be simpler– prep parsnips and bake for 35 minutes. Want another fry alternative? Try our Zucchini Fries.

ABC Freezer Fudge

Craving dessert? Skip the cookies and brownies and reach for this homemade fudge made with all real ingredients.

Have fun this Sunday, but once your Super Bowl party is over, remove any indulgent snacks from the pantry to keep them from arm’s reach. Want more news updates from FEED? Follow @feednutrition for more!

Lara Field MS, RD, LDN is a Registered Dietitian and Specialist in Pediatrics with over a decade of clinical and client experience. When she’s not actively working to keep her clients healthy, she’s a busy mother of two active boys and loves testing new recipes in her kitchen. Follow her on Instagram to see her recipe ideas, product suggestions, and see how she manages a healthy lifestyle @larafield.