New Castle News

January 30, 2014

Lori Brothers: Super Bowl an ambush to healthy eating

Lori Brothers
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Let’s face it, unless you are very clear about your health goals and have a plan for how to meet your intentions, it is unlikely that you will be watching your calorie and fat intake during the Super Bowl.

Historically, the Super Bowl is the biggest day to “chow down” after Thanksgiving.

Over the years, sometimes I’ve enjoyed the Super Bowl party more than the game because I wasn’t very invested in the two teams playing. Sometimes it’s great to just get together and have fun.

Many of you may know this, but I must not fail to report that to date, the Pittsburgh Steelers are the winningest team in Super Bowl history with six victories.

Some other facts that are interesting to note include that Joe Montana was the player with the most Super Bowl MVPs (three times). The players who have won MVP twice include Bart Starr, Terry Bradshaw, Tom Brady, and Eli Manning.

Question:  Which four teams have never appeared at the Super Bowl?  The answer is at the end of the article.

When it’s a matter of one event, even if you veer off of your goals with decadent choices, you are likely to recover. If you decide to go all-out with your eating and drinking choices remember the words of Scarlet O’Hara: “After all, tomorrow is another day.”

Recover your health goals after the big game by choosing wisely most other days.

My advice is to make sure you bring along lite beer and healthier snacks to share if you are heading to a Super Bowl party. With that said, the facts are staggering.

According to the Snack Food Association, people “double their average daily consumption of snacks on Super Bowl Sunday, consuming more than 33 million pounds of goodies in one day.”

Here are some other interesting food facts according to

•The most popular take-out and delivery items on Super Bowl Sunday are pizza, chicken wings, and sandwiches.

•Football fans are expected to eat an estimated 69.6 million pounds of avocados during this year’s Super Bowl (mostly in guacamole).

•An astounding 14,500 tons of chips and 4,000 tons of popcorn are eaten on Super Bowl Sunday.

•It is estimated that Americans will eat 90 million pounds of chicken wings, which breaks down to 450 million individual wings.

•Budweiser has been the exclusive Super Bowl beer advertiser for the past 17 years, and will continue to be this year.

•Super Bowl Sunday is the biggest winter grilling day of the year.

According to 7-Eleven stores, there is a 20 percent increase in the sale of antacids on the day after Super Bowl.

If you make the food fresh and it tastes good you can count on a great party. Most people just want to eat and enjoy the game. It usually turns out that, just like at Thanksgiving, the cook can be considered the MVP of the Super Bowl Sunday — unless they call for a “Super Bowl Monday” due to severe weather!

Answer to trivia question: To date, the four teams who have never made it to the Super Bowl are the Lions, Browns, Jaguars and Texans.

Healthy Super Bowl Chili

This meatless chili can be served with a scoop of low-fat sour cream or nonfat plain yogurt. Also provide garnishes of minced scallions, shredded low-fat Cheddar or hot pepper sauce.



Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until beginning to soften, 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring often, until very soft and just beginning to brown, 3 to 4 minutes.

Add garlic, chili powder, cumin and chipotle (or cayenne) to taste and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Stir in canned and fresh tomatoes, kidney, white and black beans, water and pepper. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil, stirring often.

Reduce heat to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the chili has reduced slightly, 10 to 15 minutes.