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10 Tips for a Healthy Super Bowl Sunday

Super Bowl weekend is here! Whether you’re a football fan or only there for the commercials, one thing everyone typically has in common during the big game is that they’re also there for some really great Super Bowl food. Unfortunately, many of these tasty snacks aren’t always great for those of us trying to lose or maintain our weight. Here are a few tips to help you enjoy the football fun while still keeping your healthy lifestyle in mind!

table with dips and food with a football next to the dishes

1. Exercise Before the game starts, fit in a good workout or a quick walk to burn those calories you'll be consuming later.
2. Eat before the party This will prevent hunger and help you make better food choices when you get there.
3. Host the party This is the easiest way to make sure there are plenty of healthy snacks available. But healthy doesn’t have to mean boring. Just modify your favorite recipes. Ex: Bake your wings instead of frying them, use lean meat for burgers or sliders to cut down on fat and calories, for dips use Greek yogurt instead of sour cream, etc.
4. If you’re not hosting the party, offer to bring something Most host/hostesses appreciate the offer and that way you know you will have a healthy option to choose from.
5. Know your options – Before making your plate, check out the options that are available. Otherwise, you may see something you want only to realize your plate is already full.
6. Fill up on fruits and vegetables first Then go to lean proteins (if available).
7. Control your portions  Hold yourself accountable by sticking to one plate.
8. Hydrate Make sure to get enough water. Try infusing fruit in your water for extra flavor. If you are going to drink, make sure that you drink one 8 oz. glass of water for every glass of alcohol you consume.
9. Don’t forget food safety – Make sure your game day gathering is memorable for all the right reasons. Remember to keep your hands clean when handling food, and throw away perishable foods that have been out at room temperature for two hours or more. Check out these Game Day Food Safety Tips  (
10. Keep your eye on the prize Focus on enjoying your company instead of focusing all your energy on the food. Socialize!

Still not sure what to make for Super Bowl Sunday? Try this healthier version of the classic nachos.  Instead of tortilla chips, baked zucchini slices are a great substitute. They have that same satisfying crunch but with half the calories.

Zucchini Nachos Recipe (click to download PDF)


  • 3 large zucchinis, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ pound beef flank steak, cooked and chopped
  • ½ cup reduced fat cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup red onion, chopped
  • 1 large avocado, cubed
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 2 jalapeños
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro


1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
2. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray. Arrange the zucchinis in a single layer on the baking sheet.
3. In a small bowl, mix the seasonings together and sprinkle the mixture over the zucchinis. Cook them in the oven for 5 minutes.
4. Leaving the zucchinis on the baking sheet, add the steak, cheese, and onion. Cook them in the oven for about 10 minutes.
5. Top off the nachos with the avocado, tomato, jalapenos, and cilantro.


Makes 6 servings.  Nutrition Information Per Serving: 160 calories, Total Fat 8 g, Protein 14 g, Total Carbohydrate 10 g, Dietary Fiber 4 g, Sodium 210 mg.

Go team go!