Do you have party plans for Sunday, February 3rd ? You are not alone. Americans throw more parties around “The Big Game” than New Year’s Eve. It is the second biggest food consumption day just after Thanksgiving. The average football fan will consume around 2,000 calories while cheering for their favorite team. That calorie total is what the average person eats in just one day! For many, conquering senseless snacking will be the ultimate test of will power. Here’s a party spread that will prevent fumbles and wow guests:
Sack Big Portions
Eating and drinking in moderation can be achieved by offering small plates. This type fare offers a strategy to control portions and calories with satisfying ingredients and flavors. Served in individual bowls, these tasty tangy nachos with a tropical fruit Pico de Gallo will have fans cheering.
Have A Strong Defense
Every football analyst confirms that a strong defense wins championships. As a Registered Dietitian, I know that protein and fiber can hold off hunger. Try yogurt trio dips with protein-packed yogurt and fresh vegetable crudité to knock out hunger like a defensive end sacks a quarter back.
Add the King Maker
This football player uses skill and athleticism to gain big yardage. In a party menu, the king maker is cheese. Celebrate Atlanta-the host city for the championship game- with a “peachy” marinated cheese board that is easy to assemble and hard to forget. Select three popular cheese varieties such as Havarti, Gouda and Cheddar. To make it truly southern; add peanuts, pork rinds, pickled okra and fresh peach slices for accoutrements.
Mary Martin Nordness, MA, RDN, LD, CHES
Director of Food and Nutrition Outreach