On February 4th, millions of homes will be filled by football fans gathering to watch the Big Game. According to the National Retail Federation, 46 percent plan to throw or attend a party. As the second biggest food day (Thanksgiving is #1) for Americans according to the USDA, the Calorie Control Council has pregame tips to help fans avoid the penalties that can come with a 2,400 calorie football party feast and make better nutritional decisions while celebrating.
BIG GAME = BIG GORGE
A relatively modest consumption of foods and beverages in a game day party menu, including pizza, chicken wings, potato chips, beef nachos and beer or sodas, adds up to more than 2,400 calories and 121 g of fat according to the USDA National Nutrient Database — more than many should eat in a single day. The Council’s list of popular items on the menu, with calories and fat gram counts, is located below. (*Foods and beverages named in an NPD Group survey)
|Pepperoni Pizza||2 slices||596||24.3 g|
|Regular Beer||3 cans (12 oz.)||458||0 g|
|Sodas (regular, not diet)||3 cans (12 oz.)||420||0 g|
|Potato Chips||3 servings (11-13 chips/svg.)||465||31.9 g|
|Fried Hot Wings|
w/Bleu Cheese Dip
|6 wings||570||40 g|
|Beef Nachos||1 serving||430||25 g|
5 TIPS TO SIDELINE CALORIES
The CCC recommends pre-planning your game day menu to include lower calorie appetizers and beverages. When it comes to recipes, it is possible to cut the calories without cutting the flavor. Huddle up with the Calorie Control Council’s lower calorie recipes. Have a menu of your own in mind? Try the Council’s food calorie calculator.
Sylvia P. Poulos, Ph.D. and registered dietitian with the Calorie Control Council, recommends the following tips:
For more information, recipes, nutrition tips and a healthy weight tool kit, with online calorie and exercise calculators, visit: www.caloriecontrol.org.
(Previously published article: Updated on 2/1/2018)