This Sunday marks the Super Bowl, so be sure not to kick your diet to the curb before kickoff. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that Super Bowl Sunday is the second-biggest day for food consumption in the United States, after Thanksgiving.
In fact, The Calorie Control Council estimates that Americans will consume almost an entire day’s worth of calories just during the big game. “If 111 million Americans watch the Super Bowl this year, this breaks down to 20.8 million pounds of potato chips and 20.8 million pounds of tortilla chips -and it includes fan favorites like pizza, beer, nachos, dips, sodas, pigs in a blanket and other party staples.”
To avoid overindulging, experts from the IBTimes.com make this recommendation. "Don’t go to a party starving. Not only does it make you more likely to consume more calories when you do finally eat, but it is also terrible for your body."
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests heading into the day with a gameplan. “Eat healthy snacks before the celebration, or better yet, take healthy snacks with you to prevent overindulging.”
Newsday.com offers this advice. “Start with an assortment of colorful, crunchy fresh vegetables and fruit, then add a healthy dip. Hummus, salsa and guacamole are great choices to replace dips made with cheese or sour cream.”
Here are some of my favorite original recipes following the above-mentioned guidelines:
Hoppin’ Jalapeño Hummus
• 3 cloves garlic, peeled
• two 15-ounce cans of garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
• 5 tablespoons of fresh squeezed lime juice
• Pinch of salt
• ¼ cup of olive oil
• 2 cups of fresh cilantro leaves
• 2 small jalapeño peppers, chopped
Finely chop garlic in your food processor, add the cloves of garlic and pulse until finely chopped. Then add the beans, lime juice and salt. Puree for about 1-2 minutes. It will look like a chunky oatmeal texture.
Pour a stream of the olive oil through the spout. This will blend with the bean mixture and make a smoother, hummus type of texture. Then add the jalapeño & cilantro and pulse again until completely mixed.