The Super Bowl Tailgate Party
Some of us look forward to the food at a Super Bowl party almost as much as the game itself. The chips, burgers, ribs, fried chicken, wings and other party foods are delicious…and high calorie, in some cases. Here are some popular game day treats, how much game-related exercise you’d have to do to work off those calories and some “Fit Tips” to reduce snack session calories.
Two Slices of Domino’s Pizza = Running 109 Football Fields
Two slices of Domino’s Ultimate Pepperoni Pizza with a hand-tossed crust is 720 calories, and you would have to run 109 football fields (100 yards each) at an average speed of 5 mph. (The average walking pace is approximately 3 mph.)
Fit Tip: Get thin crust pizza with veggies and eat it for lunch, not just as a half-time snack.
A Handful of Peanuts = Coaching Football for 35 Minutes
A handful of peanuts (1 ounce or 30 peanuts) is 166 calories.
Fit Tip: Nuts are healthy. Peanuts are packed with nutrients, including vitamin E, folate, fiber, niacin and magnesium. One of the best things about peanuts is that they contain a large amount of protein, and protein helps to keep you feeling full longer. But they’re also very high in calories. Don’t keep a huge bowl in front of you. And try to eat one at a time; don’t shove a handful at a time in your mouth.
One Potato Chip with Dip = 30 Minutes of Singing Along to Coldplay and Beyonce During Halftime
Each chip is 10.5 calories, and every dollop of dip is 60 calories. You’d better do some dancing during that sing-a-long if you eat more than one or two…
Fit Tip: Try popped or baked-style chips, and make your own dip using low-fat mayo or non-fat yogurt.
Two KFC Original Recipe Drumsticks = Doing “The Wave” 1,561 Times
That's a lot of waves!! Deep-fried chicken is very high in calories. Believe it or not, the extra crispy has fewer calories. Two KFC drumsticks have 320 calories.
Fit Tip: Coat skinless chicken with whole-grain bread crumbs and bake it.
Five Tortilla Chips with Seven-Layer Dip = 60 Minutes Performing in the Marching Band
Although delicious, seven-layer dip is serious business, and includes refried beans, olives, guacamole, sour cream and cheese. It contains about 30 calories per dip (a tablespoon) with an additional 70 calories for five restaurant-style chips. The grand total is 280 calories for five chips with dip.
Fit Tip: If you make the dip yourself, try using low-fat cheese and sour cream and black beans, not refried. Or you could always switch to salsa: 2 tablespoons have only about 15 calories. Also, go for light or baked chips instead of fried.
A Few Cheese-Covered Nachos = 72 Minutes of Playing Professional Football
According to The Wall Street Journal, there only are about 11 minutes of actual ball-playing in a football game. That means you need to play almost seven games of professional football to burn off nachos. Each restaurant-style chip has about 14 calories. Now add cheese, beans, ground beef and peppers. Just six nachos will cost approximately 569 calories — not to mention the sour cream and guacamole for another 200 calories. That’s nearly 800 calories for SIX loaded chips.
Fit Tip: You can always make the nachos with low-fat cheese and black beans. Use salsa and low-cal chips and you’ll be even better off.
½ Rack of TGI Fridays’ Baby Back Ribs = 90 Minutes of Cheerleading
Ribs are good, but they’re packed with calories (as if you didn’t know). They’re fatty, and the sauce is sugary; altogether that’s 900 calories for a ½ rack. And don’t kid yourself, cheerleading is serious, hard work.
Fit Tip: Try making them yourself, trimming all visible fat before and after cooking. Also, instead of coating your ribs with an excessive amount of sauce beforehand, partially cook them loaded with seasonings, brush them lightly with the sauce and then finish cooking.
Five Buffalo Chicken Wings = 102 Minutes of Refereeing the Game
The wings are fried and high in calories, and that blue cheese dressing can be caloric suicide. Just five chicken wings with hot sauce and 3 tablespoons of blue cheese dressing have 599 calories.
Fit Tip: Use the hot sauce without the blue cheese, and make the wings yourself. Go skinless, and bake them instead of frying. With all that football action to distract you, you probably won’t even notice the difference.
Five Pretzels = 6.5 Minutes of Jumping Up and Down When Your Team Scores
Yes, we’re talking about five regular pretzels out of a bag (e.g., Rold Gold Classic Pretzels). They add up to about 60 calories. For some reason people think pretzels are healthful. They don’t have fat, but they also have no nutritional value.
Fit Tip: Make sure you avoid those pretzels that are filled with cheese. Wow, are they high in calories!
Two Pita Chips with Guacamole = 65 Minutes of Praying for Your Team to Win
The chips are about 13 calories each, and each scoop of guacamole is at least 25 calories, for a total of 76 calories. Guacamole is high in calories, but the good news is that avocados are packed with antioxidants; vitamins B6, C and E; and folate and potassium (60 percent more potassium per ounce than bananas). And, they’re a great source of monounsaturated fat, which studies have shown reduces serum cholesterol levels when used in place of saturated fats.
Fit Tip: Don’t sit with a big bowl of chips and guac. Small portions are key to not overdoing it in this case.
Two Handfuls of Smartfood White Cheddar Cheese Popcorn = 34 Minutes of Climbing the Stadium Stairs
Is popcorn healthy? Yes, it’s a whole grain and can be a great snack. However, if you add butter and lots of other high calorie toppings, it can lose its health status.
Fit Tip: Try air popped popcorn or make it with cooking spray in a pan covered with a lid or screen.
Six Doritos = 18 Minutes of Housecleaning After the Super Bowl Party
Cleaning up after a party is never easy – the dishes, the food all over the house; it feels as if it never ends. And just one Dorito has 12 3/4 calories. Imagine if you had a couple of handfuls (about 280 calories). It could even make you think twice while watching that fabulously cool commercial Doritos schedules for the Super Bowl.
Fit Tip: Look, if you have only a few chips, you’ll be fine. But eating just a few is something you have to worry about any time you open a bag of chips. Don’t sit with the bowl or bag in front of you. Take a few chips and leave the bag in the kitchen.
Two Bottles of Budweiser Beer = 267 Touchdown Dances in the End Zone
Beer and football just go together, but keep in mind, each beer is 145 calories.
Fit Tip: Planning to have a few bottles? Try sampling a few very light beers before the game to see which ones you prefer.
One Meatball Sub = Face Painting 38 Wild Fans
Have you seen some of the fans who get their faces painted? Meatball subs are loaded with meat, cheese, bread and sometimes other stuff too, so they’re high in calories – as many as 850.
Fit Tip: Try using turkey meatballs, pita bread and light cheese.