Many families enjoy watching the Super Bowl -- and all the festivities -- even if their favorite team isn't playing. And with the big day approaching, you're most likely planning your family's party spread.
"The Super Bowl is the biggest calorie fest of the year behind Thanksgiving," said Emily Whelan Anschlowar, registered dietitian and in-house nutrition expert at Pirate Brands, an all-natural snacks company in Sea Cliff. "The average person will consume an entire day's worth of calories in just three hours."
Serving more healthful game-day food is easier than you think, said Anschlowar. Here are a few family friendly snack ideas that promise to score major points with even the littlest football fans:
*Swap potato chips for a better-for-you alternative, such as popcorn, pretzels or Pirate's Booty, which is a baked, all-natural snack.
*Choose pizza loaded with veggies on top of a heart-healthy whole wheat crust.
*Create a sandwich using mustard instead of mayo, low-fat cheese and lean meats like turkey or chicken. "Don't forget to pile on those veggies," said Anschlowar.
*Make chili using ground turkey rather than ground beef.
*Serve a fruit platter with vanilla yogurt for dipping, something the kids will love.
*Prepare s'mores for dessert using dark chocolate. "It's an easy way to gain benefits of the antioxidants."