Super Bowl Sunday: Score Healthier, Safer Snacks

Feb 1, 2012, 6:00 PM, Posted by NewPublicHealth

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A recent post from FoodSafety.gov claims that Super Bowl Sunday is the second biggest food consumption day for Americans, after Thanksgiving. It’s easy to see why during the current onslaught of Super Sunday food ads, focused on sauce-drenched wings, cheese and beer.

But healthier options don’t have to put a damper on game day. North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System in New York recently published some recipes for Super Bowl Sunday that let you go long on taste without sacking your resolve to eat better. Find low-fat, lower-calorie recipes for taquitos, white bean dip and cabbage slaw on page 31 of the hospital’s winter newsletter.

And this year, the USDA is reminding Super Bowl fans that food left out from pre-game to post-game celebrations can go bad quickly, posing serious health risks. USDA offers a “food safety playbook”: Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill.

Check out, and print out, the graphic from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Ad Council as a reminder for best game-day food practices.

Go teams!

Weigh In: What reactions do you expect by changing menu items from calorie-laden to healthier?

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF New Public Health blog.