Super Bowl LV is February 8. What is your game plan? The day traditionally marks the second-biggest day of eating after Thanksgiving, but if you are on a mission to lose weight, a few changes may be needed to stay on track. The BariatricPal Store has all the healthy, super simple snacks you need to make this the best Super Bowl of your life regardless of who wins.
Coin Toss and Kickoff: Chips and Dip
On this day alone, Americans eat about 20 million pounds of potato and tortilla chips as well as other high-carb snacks such as pretzels and crackers. When paired with fatty dips such as ranch and onion, these snacks can add 1,000 low-nutrition calories by the time the players have even taken the field!
Instead, snacks such as Protein Chips and Pretzels, Cauliflower Crackers, and Cheese Crisps, are lower-carb choices. They are available in almost every imaginable flavor, such as Ranch, Honey Mustard, Sea Salt and Vinegar, and Barbecue.
To dip, try Lupini Bean Hummus, Calorie-Free Veggie and Chip Dips in Bacon, Blue Cheese, Ranch, and French Onion, Sugar-Free Honey Mustard and Barbecue Dipping Sauces. Salsa and guacamole are also better choices.
Second Quarter Offensive Strategy: Healthy Apps
It is easy to throw together a lower-carb, lower-fat deli tray by skipping fatty meats and crackers. Instead, include lean proteins such as shrimp and turkey, along with freshly cut vegetables. Use Low-Carb Wraps and Calorie-Free Mayo to create mini, low-carb wraps instead of piling up subs to make a sandwich platter, and make your own healthy honey dijon wings with Sugar-Free honey and Pork Panko. Vegetable and protein skewers are also good choices for apps.
Halftime Celebration: Low-Carb Pizza
Super Bowl Sunday is the biggest pizza delivery day of the year. Each slice of pepperoni pizza has about 30 grams of carbs and 12 grams of fat per slice (or 120 grams of carbs and 48 grams of fat if you consume 4 slices).
How can you join the fun without a carb overload? It starts with a low-carb crust, such as a keto, sugar-free, or zero-carb baking mix or ready-to-use crust. A portobello mushroom is another great choice. Add olive oil or Calorie-Free Tomato Sauce, mozzarella or another type of cheese, such as crumbled blue or feta, and a pile of veggies. These are some pizza toppings to take your pizza to the next level.
- Olive oil, garlic, tomatoes, basil, and red peppers.
- Red sauce, chicken, artichokes, and parmesan
- Calorie-free Alfredo sauce, feta, spinach, olives, and basil
- Olive oil, blue cheese, sliced pear
Third Quarter Nibblers: Nuts and Such
As nerves increase and the game is on the line, a few nibblers may be what you want. Examples of healthy, all-natural snacks include Pumpkin Seeds, Seasoned Almonds, Popped Water Lily Seeds, and Lupini Bean Snacks. Flavors include Chili and Lime, Nacho Cheese, Buffalo Blue Cheese, Tangy Ranch. These are delicious choices, and they have more natural nutrients than, say, handfuls of chocolate candies or toffee covered peanuts.
Final Quarter: Sweet Treats
If the rest of America is eating brownies, cookies, and cupcakes today, you can, too! Just choose better ones! Protein Cookies, ready-to-eat Protein Brownies and Protein Cakes, and Keto and Sugar-Free Cookies, Brownies, and Cakes from mixes are all available so you can finish watching with a sweet finish.
The Super Bowl only comes around once a year, so live it up in a healthy way this time! There are all kinds of low-carb, sugar-free, and keto choices that taste great and are ready for the party. Go you!