Nutritional Guide to Superbowl Sunday

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One of the biggest days of the year. Millions of people across America gather with friends and family to sit in front of the television to see who will take home the highest honor in football. This Sunday the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens will battle it out in Superbowl XLVII on one of the biggest stages in sports.

It’s such a followed event that companies host contests for the best commercial idea. Which, we might add, costs $3.5 million per 30-second spot this year.

Yes, everybody will be watching.

Like any social gathering with food, such an event can cause a dilemma for the nutritionally informed. On one hand, you don’t want to seem rude by not partaking in food the host labored over, and on the other it can be hard to swallow certain dishes when we know what they can do to our health.

The solution? Make the food yourself.

The Hot Wings

Synonymous with Game Day, hot wings are a crowd favorite. You can eat them with your fingers, dip them in your favorite dip, and compete with your friends on who can build the largest stack of bones. Try out the following recipe from Paleo Diet Lifestyle:

hot wings recipe

We recommend finding free-range, organic chicken when you can. If you don’t have the time to make an elaborate coating, a quick, healthy, and delicious (can’t forget delicious!) option is Frank’s Wing Sauce. We got the tip from FastPaleo.com. They advise to make sure you get FRANK’S® REDHOT® ORIGINAL CAYENNE PEPPER SAUCE, as the other kinds have extra, unneeded ingredients that you can’t pronounce.

Here’s what’s on the label for this specific sauce: Aged Cayenne Red Peppers, Distilled Vinegar, Water, Salt, Natural Flavor and Garlic Powder. That’s it!

The Dip

Who knows who first got the idea of using one piece of food as a utensil to pick up another piece, but the technique has stuck! You’d be hard-pressed to find a party this Sunday without some dip. The problem is, most dips are either pre-packaged, meaning a lot of processing and unneeded, unnatural ingredients, or they’re just downright unhealthy for you.

The following dip comes from PaleOMG. Our mouths are already watering.

Roasted Pepper Dip

Check out these other options for healthy Superbowl dips:

If all else fails, homemade guacamole has to be the easiest, most classic & awesome game day appetizer ever.

Of course, where there’s dip, there’s chips. Most of the varieties you’ll find aren’t the healthiest options. If you’re going to go with the bagged kind, we recommend seeking out sweet potato chips as opposed to regular potato chips. Also, you can opt to make your own sweet potato chips. Remember, fruit and vegetables (like apple slices or cucumber) are also good ‘chip’ options.

The ‘Guilty Food’

Let’s face it, a Superbowl party isn’t a Superbowl party without some sweets.

Now, the following recipe isn’t Paleo, and it isn’t even something we’d recommend having on a regular basis. But if you’ve been working hard on your diet and exercise regimen, why not indulge a little? Think of the following recipe as a cheat. And, really, it’s not THAT much of a cheat at all.

sweet potato cupcakes

Cupcakes not your thing? Don’t quit now! Try out these options:

 Have fun this Sunday, but be smart. 

What are you cooking up this Superbowl Sunday?

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