The average American eats about 2,400 calories worth of snacks at Super Bowl parties, according to the Calorie Control Council. And nutritionists say those snacks are usually full of carbs, sugar and salt, and less so nutrients like fiber and protein. Here, local health experts share how to make your Super Bowl indulgences more nutritious.
Don’t wing it
For a fiber boost, try chowing down on spicy roasted cauliflower instead of Buffalo chicken wings, says Maya Feller, a registered dietitian nutritionist who specializes in weight management. For a protein alternative, try baked shrimp with Buffalo sauce. “With the swap from chicken to fish, you’re going to get some great omega [fatty acids],” Feller says.
Instead of buns, cut sweet potatoes into rounds, roast them in the oven with a little olive oil, and sandwich your favorite meat between two of them, says chef Lindsey Becker, a certified health coach and founder of FUEL, Tone House’s nutrition program. “It’s gluten-free and nutrient-rich,” says Becker, who’s based in the Financial District. “Plus, you’re getting potassium, complex carbs, anti-oxidants and fiber.” Bonus points if the protein inside the “burger” is lean, like bison or turkey, she adds.