What is the healthiest Super Bowl food?
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.
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Chicken Wings vs. Baby Back Ribs
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 recipe from Eating Well: Boneless Buffalo Wings
Tortilla Chips vs. Potato Chips
1 oz. = 140 cals.
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 recipe from Eating Well: Chili-Lime Tortilla Chips
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
Mixed Nuts vs. Pretzels
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
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.
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