A Super Plate: tips on how to snack healthy during the big game

By USA Diving | Feb. 03, 2019, 12:33 p.m. (ET)

Super Bowl Sunday is always a fun time to gather with family and friends to watch the big game, the halftime show and all the fun commercials. Don’t forget about those snacks! Our Olympians shared some tips on how to have a healthy, but fun game day experience.

 

2016 Olympian Amy Cozad Magaña

“On game day, it is important to eat good quality foods and to avoid over eating. Here are a few tips to accomplishing these goals:

1.       Make your own dip for veggies with healthy, fresh ingredients. Here is a great recipe to try:

         2 cups Greek Yogurt

        3 Tbsp of parsley

         2 Tbsp of dill

         2 Tbsp of chives

         1 clove of garlic

         1 Tbsp of lemon juice

         ¼ tsp of garlic powder

         ¼ tsp of onion powder

         Pinches of sea salt and black pepper

2.       Choose tacos over burgers and hot dogs!

         Tacos with corn tortillas are gluten free and less carbs than hot dog and hamburger buns and they are super delicious!

3.       If you are going to a friend’s house to watch the game, take your own water bottle to avoid sugary sodas and alcohol.

4.       Don’t spend too much time in the kitchen or the room where the food is. Distract yourself with conversation with friends and family or cheering for your favorite team.”


2000 Olympic Gold medalist Laura Wilkinson

“For parties, I like to keep things simple and go with easy finger foods that I know my kids will eat and will at least be a healthy option for everyone in the sea of junk food.

“Fruit is our favorite. Grapes, blueberries, strawberries and apple slices or chunks are sweet, go with everything and you don’t feel guilty for nibbling at them all night long. I also like setting out deli meat slices with cheese and thin crackers usually with some hummus nearby. This way the kids can make their own little sandwiches. I know we’re all getting some protein and it’s minimal work and cleanup so I can really enjoy the party!”

 

2016 Olympian Katrina Young

“Super Bowl Sunday! Best time to cheer your team on and have some yummy snacks. I plan on making a ranch dip with some celery and carrot sticks…with some wings, of course! I love to cut some calories by mixing my ranch dip and non-fat plain Greek yogurt. I usually substitute half the amount of the dip with the yogurt. My mom taught me this great trick. Go Patriots!”