Super Bowl Snack Ideas

By Diane Ruyack

Super Bowl XLVI is less than a week away, and it’s time to start planning the menu!  Take some inspiration from the following game day statistics to either follow the trends or to take the food path less traveled with healthy and gourmet game day snacks.

  • Super Bowl Sunday is the second largest day of food consumption behind Thanksgiving.
  • 1,200 calories: Amount the average Super Bowl watcher will consume while snacking.
  • Football fans are expected to eat an estimated 69.6 million pounds of avocados during this year’s Super Bowl (mostly in guacamole).
  • .An astounding 14,500 tons of chips and 4,000 tons of popcorn are eaten on Super Bowl Sunday.

So let’s Grab every bowl in your cupboard and fill them up with healthy and nutritious Super Bowl snacks!  Start out popping popcorn and then add all kinds of toppings:

Popcorn Italiano: ¼ Cup olive oil or ½ stick salted butter, melted – if you’re using pre buttered popcorn just Sprinkle ¼ Cup grated parmesan cheese (or try an Italian blend, like Parmesan Romano) cheese  and mix lightly

Savory Ranch: Add 1/4 cup dry ranch salad dressing mix, such as Hidden Valley

Cinnamon and sugar: After buttering, add  ¼ Cup white granulated sugar and ¼ Cup ground cinnamon

Popcorn Ole’:Combine ¼ cup dried taco seasoning with 1/4 cup butter, mix with popcorn.

Chocolate: Microwave½ Cup chocolate chips chocolate for 30 seconds, cool for about 5 minutes and mix with popcorn

Everyone loves dips so make your favorite one with cream cheese, sour cream, etc and have a bowl of whole wheat pita chips handy. To make these: Preheat your oven to 350° F, and split six pita breads into two round pieces each (12 total). Cut each circle into wedges and arrange them in a single layer on one or more cookie sheets. Spray them with olive oil cooking spray and sprinkle lightly with garlic powder if desired. Bake for 8 minutes, or until the chips are lightly browned and very crisp.

For your next bowl make your own trail mix for a smart snack. Start with some nuts (peanuts, walnuts, almonds or mixed nuts). Throw in some dried fruit such as raisins, cranberries or banana chips. Finish it off with small size pretzels and a high-fiber cereal such as wheat or bran Chex, oatmeal squares or a bran cereal.

Of course a bowl of hearty beef stew or chili and bowls of shredded cheese, etc would finish off a great super bowl menu.  Don’t forget milk goes with everything!

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