Football fans dream of the celebratory spread all year, but for those trying to eat healthy, navigating a game-day party can turn into a junk food-filled nightmare!

“Typical Super Bowl snacks like potato chips and fried chicken wings are usually high in saturated fat, sodium and calories,” said Meaghan Butler, RD, a registered outpatient dietitian at Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital. “Eating too much of this type of food can increase your risk for diabetes and heart disease.” Simple changes can turn a game-day calorie calamity into a nutritious win.

Try these winning game-day substitutions

Instead of:

  • Packaged chips, cheese curls, or crackers
  • Fried chicken wings
  • Baked goods or candy
  • Blue cheese or ranch dressing
  • Sour cream-based dips
  • Soda or juice drinks


Try This:

  • Kale chips or plain popcorn flavored with your favorite spices
  • Baked chicken wings
  • Fruit kabobs with low-calorie yogurt or whipped topping
  • Greek yogurt-based dips
  • Hummus or guacamole
  • Water or seltzer with a splash of 100% juice

Interested in taking your gameday snacks to the next level? Try our Minted Guacamole With Pomegranate Seeds Recipe!

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