Ten Treats for Healthy Superbowl Snacking

30 Jan

Across the nation, friends and family alike are preparing to gather together in celebration of one of America’s greatest pastimes- football. That’s right – it’s SuperBowl season, once more! And, while the Superbowl offers an excellent opportunity to join loved ones for a much-needed day of fun and festivity, a full day of tailgating and junk-food snacking can leave everyone feeling the post-game slump.

According to the U.S. Calorie Control Council, the average Super Bowl watcher will scarf down more than 1,200 calories (and 50 grams of fat!) during game-time snacking – more than half of the average recommended daily caloric intake. Together, the CCC estimates that Americans will consume more than 30 million pounds of snacks on game day – including 19 million pounds of high-fat potato and tortilla chips.

At Popcorn Palace, we believe that a great snack should be both delicious and nutritious. Which is why we’ve compiled this handy guide to healthy Superbowl snacks, which will still tickle your tastebuds.

  • Lemon-Spiked Baked Wings – These delicious spiked chicken wings are perfect for tailgating – and since they are marinated in tangy sauce and baked (not fried), they offer a perfect low-calorie alternative to heavier snacks.
  • Fruit Kabobs with Yogurt Dip – Simple, colorful fruit skewers will add color to your Superbowl Sunday, and are sure to be a hit with young and old, alike. Offer them up with a drizzle of honey, and their own yogurt “dip” for a fresh and nourishing snack.
  • Loaded Sweet Potato Skins – Need a sweet and savory treat? These loaded skins morph an unhealthy favorite into a feel-good Superbowl snack. Top these off with some extra veggies, or substitute goat cheese for cheddar, and you’ll sneak in an additional nutritional boost!
  • Delicious Brocc-a-mole – While we don’t expect anyone to do away with the chips and dips altogether, this delicious brocc-a-mole dip will up your health-food game. This low-calorie, guilt-free dip comes loaded with all-natural vitamin C – and offers a fun and fresh alternative to traditional dips, which tend to be loaded with unhealthy fats and additives.
  • Gourmet Popcorn – Need a salty, sweet, or savory fix, without all the extra complications? Gourmet popcorn serves up a real win! Nutritious, delicious, and low-calorie – popcorn is nature’s perfect snack food. And, with this versatile treat, your flavor options are endless!
  • Zucchini Fries – Toss the traditional potatoes – these zucchini fries will score some serious fans. And, by substituting spuds with this greener alternative, you’ll give your guests a healthy boost of manganese and vitamin C. Plus, these baked goodies go great with any of our dips – a double-win!
  • Spinach and Artichoke Dip Traditional spinach dips are full of high-fat dairy products – a real no-no for anyone trying to cut back on calories. This dip, however, gets its creamy texture from white beans – a tasty, protein-rich alternative. And, spinach greens are rich in flavenoids, calcium, and vitamin D – so this leafy dip packs a real nutritional punch.
  • Hummus with Sun-Dried Tomatoes – Store-bought hummus is great, but this delicious home-made treat is a quick, colorful, and nutrient-rich alternative – packed with riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, and folate. Serve it up with slices of whole-wheat pita, veggie sticks, or those fantastic zucchini fries, and you’ve got a fresh, new favorite at the tips of your fingers!
  • Strawberry Footballs – No game day would be complete without a little something sweet… and these football-themed treats really take the cake! These simple chocolate-dipped strawberries are sure to score with guests – and satisfy even the most sensitive sweet tooth – while providing a boost of vitamin C and antioxidants.

Make this Superbowl Sunday a real win – by feeding your friends and family the foods that support their good health!

For more information on healthy snacking, read more on the Popcorn Palace blog!

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