The day of the big game is the second highest day of food consumption in the US after Thanksgiving, according to the USDA.
Whether you're lucky enough to be heading to the Big Apple for this year's game or throwing your own bash, you'll be faced with the annual temptations of snacks and drinks from wings, chips, and dips to sodas, beer, and more.
According to the Calorie Control Council, Americans will eat 30 million pounds of snacks on the day of the big game, which breaks down to about 1,200 calories and 50 grams of fat per person from snacks alone that day!
Local nutrition expert Chrissy Barth says her Game Day Host Playbook will help armchair quarterbacks save hundreds of calories. During an in-studio interview, Chrissy will come prepared with food samples for display and recipes and tips to share including:
How to be an MVP - Make a Variety of Portions. Offer guests small bites of favorite snacks to keep it interesting, like meatballs, sandwich wraps, spinach pizza, and quesadillas to name a few.
Go for the Quarterback Sneak - Dips are a must for any Big Game party, so do a trick play on your guests by swapping out some higher fat ingredients without losing any flavor. With these recipes, they'll never know! Some low-fat dip options include spinach dip made with Greek yogurt, hummus, and guacamole.
Avoid the Instant Replay - Sure, beer is the most popular beverage on Big Game Sunday. In fact, statistics show that you could fill 493 Olympic-sized swimming pools with the amount of beer consumed on this one day. Chrissy recommends that partygoers alternate alcoholic beverages with non-alcoholic. If you're looking to manage calories try a zero-calorie option like flavored water, Coke Zero, or iced tea.
Keep your lead in the Fourth Quarter - Skip the jumbo size portions of cupcakes and cookies, which are packed with excess calories and fat, and consider one of Chrissy's simple sweet recipes instead such as mixed berries served with a dollop of real whipped cream on top. You can also enjoy the mini versions of your favorites like bite-size portions of brownies and cookies