Millions of people are gearing up to watch the Patriots take on the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. Next to the commercials and jokes about deflated balls, we’re most excited about the snacks.Americans spend roughly $50 million on snacks for the Super Bowl. According to the Calorie Control Council (CCC) — yes, it does exist — the average game day viewer will consume around 1,200 calories and 50 grams of fat from snacking alone. If you’ve battled your way through the bulge of the holiday season, this one day of super snacking could completely wreck your diet.
Consider yourself someone with a will of steel? Super Bowl snacks just may be your kryptonite. According to the Snack Food Association, Americans double their average daily consumption of snacks on Super Bowl Sunday. Maybe it’s the nonstop rotation of food, or that buffet table that looks so tempting. It could also be the easy eating of foods like chips, pretzels, and wings that are gone in just a few bites, so quick you can hardly remember eating it.
Even seemingly healthy foods like avocados — full of heart healthy omega fats and potassium — can wreak havoc on your diet. Just two tablespoons of guacamole have 50 calories. Doesn’t sound too bad, but do you ever just stop at one scoop? And let’s not forget the calories contained in the scooping vessel.
Want to know which other foods to stay away from? Here is a look at a few snacks that could wreck your diet.
Who doesn’t love a good cheese plate? Your personal trainer, that’s who. One little cube of Cheddar cheese holds 120 calories. Sure, protein is good for you, but, considering one little square eats up more than half the recommended calorie intake for an entire snack serving, is that one miniature bite worth it?
There is no way you will get through the day without chowing down on a few wings. Chicken wings are a rite of passage on Super Bowl Sunday. Just keep in mind that each wing has about 135 calories and 2.5 grams of saturated fat, making them one of the worst snacks of the day, health-wise.