Big Game = Too Many Calories
You may not be surprised to hear that this Sunday, more than 100 million viewers are expected to tune into Super Bowl XLVIII.
But did you know that this mega sporting event is the second-largest food consumption day of the year? That puts it right behind Thanksgiving, according to the U. S. Department of Agriculture.
We don't want to spoil the party, but the big game can wreak havoc on your New Year's resolution to eat healthier. With the most common foods being pizza, chips, chicken wings and alcohol, it's easy to consume more than 2,000 calories just while you're watching the game.
Here are some other facts on American's Super Bowl diet:
- Two out of five people watching the Super Bowl game are not football fans and are there to just eat the food (U.S. Department of Agriculture)
- About 1.25 billion chicken wings will be consumed on Super Bowl Sunday, which is about 20 million more wings than last year's game (National Chicken Council's 2014 Wing Report)
- Super Bowl Sunday is like Black Friday for wholesalers and retailers of chicken wings. It's estimated that more than 7 percent of the year's chicken wing consumption is taking place this Sunday (National Chicken Council's 2014 Wing Report)
- Super Bowl Sunday is the busiest day of the year for pizza restaurants – it's predicted that pizza restaurants like Papa John's and Dominos will sell twice as many pizzas as they do other days of the year (Fox News)
- 11 million pounds of chips are expected to be consumed this Sunday, as well as an estimated 4 million pounds of pretzels and 2.5 million pounds of nuts (Fox News)
Don't be discouraged. There are plenty of lighter options and healthier choices you can make this Sunday.
Here are a few tips to fight the cravings and still enjoy yourself on Super Bowl Sunday:
- Try a healthier alternative to the usual fried chicken wings, with these recipes from Allrecipes.com, Food.com, and Foodnetwork.com
- Instead of eating the usual nachos, chips or bread sticks, try some pita chips with artichoke dip
- Swap your high-calorie beer for a lighter version – like Miller Lite and Budweiser Select – which are usually 100 calories per 12-ounce bottle
- If you need too much of something, then go for the veggies, like carrots, which fill you up, but are low in calories
- If you have a sweet tooth, try fresh fruits instead of reaching for sugary snacks