What is the healthiest Super Bowl food?

In this face-off of favorite Super Bowl snacks, we tell you which football snacks are the healthier option.
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We all know that for many of us, the fun of Super Bowl Sunday comes from watching the commercials—and from enjoying 4+ hours of non-stop snacking! Here are our healthiest picks for super bowl snacks to enjoy on game day.

—EatingWell Editors

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Chicken Wings vs. Baby Back Ribs

Chicken wings
3 = 150 cals.
Baby back ribs
1 = 170 cals.

Post-Game Analysis: Not only do you get to eat more for a similar number of calories, wings are lower in sat. fat (2 g vs. 4 g).

Extra Points: Skip the blue-cheese sauce for an even skinnier treat.

Related: Healthy Snack Recipes for the Super Bowl

Related recipe from Eating Well: Boneless Buffalo Wings

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Tortilla Chips vs. Potato Chips

Tortilla chips
1 oz. = 140 cals.
Potato chips
1 oz. = 150 cals.

Post-Game Analysis: Tortilla chips narrowly claim victory with less sodium (80 mg vs. 180 mg). Check nutrition facts, since brands can vary.

Extra Points: Get either contender in the baked variety and save 20-40 calories.

Related: How to Make Skinny Margaritas, Chips & Guacamole

Related recipe from Eating Well: Chili-Lime Tortilla Chips

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Guacamole vs. Black Bean Dip

1/4 cup = 85 cals
Black Bean Dip
1/4 cup = 60 cals.

Post-Game Analysis: Both players are good choices: the guacamole has healthy fats and 3 g of fiber; the black bean dip has 2 g of fiber and 4 g of protein, which may help you feel full.

Extra Points: Make it yourself. Nutrition can vary widely by brands, as some add lots of extra salt and full-fat sour cream.

Related recipe from Eating Well: Skinny Guacamole

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Mixed Nuts vs. Pretzels

Mixed Nuts
1 oz. = 168 cals.
1 oz. = 110 cal.

Post-Game Analysis: Nuts might have more calories (168 vs. 110) and sat. fat (2 g vs. 0 g), but they're also chock-full of healthy fats, vitamins and minerals.

Extra Points: Go for unsalted, dry-roasted nuts.

Related recipe from Eating Well: Five-Spiced Pistachios

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Beer vs. Cola

16 oz. = 140-160 cals.
16 oz. = 142 cals.

Post-Game Analysis: Close in calories, beer wins for having no sugar (vs. regular cola's 37 g) and some health benefits in moderate amounts (one drink for women; two for men).

Extra Points: Reach for light beer, which will save you at least 45 calories per serving.

Related recipe from Eating Well: Shandy

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