If your team didn’t win the big game, it may be comforting to know at least you’re not alone in struggling with the aftershocks of food overload. It’s probably no surprise to hear Super Bowl Sunday is the second-biggest calorie-consumption day of the year after Thanksgiving. Just how many calories, you ask? Let’s put it this way: the recommended daily caloric intake for people looking to maintain their weight is roughly 2,000 calories. On Super Bowl Sunday, the majority of Americans eat close to 2,800 calories…in about three hours.
Even if you’re not a big football fan, Super Bowl Sunday has become an American tradition like apple pie. I think it’s because the big game and the big-budget commercials that play in between the big plays offer the perfect opportunity for friends and family to get together. Those get-togethers always seem to be fueled by many of the foods most of us try to avoid on a regular basis.
With some help CalorieKing, I put together a playbook featuring some of America’s favorite Super Bowl foods. Considering many or all of these items may have been on your game day menu, I’ll let you add them up based on how many pieces, slices or serving sizes you enjoyed. As you calculate the numbers in your head or using the calculator on your smart phone, I imagine you may have found a good reason to get off your you-know-what and start that next run or workout pronto.
- Queso Dip = 71 calories per serving. (A serving is 2 tablespoons and most people have closer to 10. Each serving also includes 5 grams of fat)
- Doritos’ Tortilla Chips, Cool Ranch Flavored (12 chips) = 140 calories
- Lays’ Potato Chips, Sour Cream & Onion Flavored (17 chips) = 160 calories
- 5 Pigs-in-a-Blanket = 470 calories
- 5-wing serving of hot wings = Anywhere from 300 to 597 calories (depending on the sauce and dip they’re served with)
- 1 Slice of Cheese Pizza = 240 calories
- 1 Slice of Pepperoni Pizza = 298 calories
- 1 Slice of Papa John’s “The Works” Pizza = 330 calories
- Bowl of Chili = Calories range from 300 – 600 based on the recipe. (e.g. cheese v. no-cheese)
- 1 Light Beer (12 oz) = 96 calories
- 1 Regular Beer or Ale (12 oz) = 150 calories
- 1 Regular Soda (12oz) = 140 calories
Whatever you ate and whatever team you cheered for, I hope your Super Bowl Sunday was a fun one. If that included going a bit overboard with the food and drink, don’t sweat it. Just use today as your chance to get back on track with your regularly scheduled, not-so-gluttonous plans to have fun, be fit and feel fabulous!