Healthy Super Bowl food ideas

Is extreme weather a sign of climate change? Our facebook friends share their favorite Super Bowl snacks. And healthy Super Bowl food ideas.

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Super Bowl weekend is upon us and whether you’re a Ravens fan or a 49ers fan - what you’ll  be eating will be almost as important as the game itself! Luckily, to save you time The  Daily Meal has these two great suggestions: For Ravens fans? Crab cakes of course. In fact, the Ravens home stadium in Baltimore has them ready to serve at every game, so why not keep up the tradition and support this Baltimore team the local way!  And for 49ers fans? Try a  seafood cioppino. This fisherman’s stew – made from whatever was brought in from the sea that day -  got its name in the 1800's in the northern part of San Francisco, where Italian and Portuguese settlers called home.  More on Super Bowl snacks later, but now, let’s get started with this week’s Food News Today! 

EXTREME WEATHER

From the U.S to China to Australia, if you’ve been following the weather across the globe you may have noticed that it’s been a little, well extreme. 

A recent article in The Week, poses the question, is this intense weather proof of climate change? In China folks are struggling through its coldest winter in memory,  with such heavy snow that houses in Xinjiang have had their roofs collapse! Then take the other extreme…weather forecasters in Australia have actually added new colors to weather maps to illustrate temperatures over 130 degrees. 

What’s more…The Week reports that 2012 was officially the hottest year on record in the contiguous U.S., topping 1998 by 1 full degree. So…is this proof of climate change? And does this mean that NOW is the time to really tackle the issue? Climate change was given significant attention in President Obama’s Inaugural speech. He said “We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that failure to do so would betray our children and future generations,” and addressing opposition he also stated “Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms.” With the Obama administration seemingly prepared now to take this issue head on, maybe now IS the time to really tackle this issue and for us all to do our part. 

FAVORITE SUPER BOWL FOOD FACEBOOK IDEAS

Now, back to the Super Bowl! It’s not just about the game, it’s about, of course, the food!

So, we checked in with our Facebook friends to see what they will be chowing down on this game day! 

Seems like Chris might be a Ravens fan choosing their local favorite: Crab cakes with a stella!

For Andrew its: Hand rolled pigs in a blanket

Ross goes for: NACHOS, NACHOS, NACHOS, NACHOS, NACHOS and more NACHOS!

Joe Davila says: Spicy chicken wings, and let’s not forget the beer!

 Lynne aims for a healthier option: Anything low carb and low calorie

And it looks like poor Bob won’t be eating anything at all! I’m a Giants fan so I’ll probably take my wife to a movie! 

HEALTHY SUPERBOWL SNACK IDEAS

The U.S. Calorie Control Council estimates that Americans pack away 11 million pounds of chips on Super Bowl Sunday.  AND..The National Chicken Council estimates that 1.25 billion pounds of wings will be devoured. 

If this all sounds a little heavy to you, or maybe you want to enjoy the game with something a little more nutritious, don’t worry! There are plenty of healthy game day options.

Light Life burgers from ConAgra Foods. And what about trying a Super Bowl soufflé? I recently reviewed this Butternut Squash soufflé from Garden Lite and the Product was a HIT! The entire 7 oz portion is just 180 calories with 2 grams of fat and 18 grams of sugars, but is loaded with 8 grams of protein. Think of this as a terrific light lunch or side dish.  Another idea is a “Super Foods” Super Bowl! Navitas Naturals shared with us these two ideas: Try BBQ Kale Hemp Chips.  Kale is a “super food” which according to the USDA is packed with calcium, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K, folic acid…to name just a few. And hemp seeds have fiber, protein and they contain all essential amnio acids. And what about a little  'Light Guacamole’  with your chips? This one is made with Chia seeds.. great for fiber. One of the goals of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans was for everyone to up their daily fiber intake. The average American only eats 40 percent of their daily fiber so why not throw a few Chia seeds in your Guacamole! To get the recipes for either of these check out Navitas Naturals dot com! So whether you go healthy or decide to indulge for the day, there’s no excuse not have a food filled Super Bowl Sunday!

That’s all for this weeks edition of Food News Today, don’t forget to check out our website and send us a message on facebook or twitter, we’d love to hear from you. Food News Today is sponsored by Con Agra Foods, who shares with me the desire to provide the most current, interesting and unbiased food news. Thanks for tuning in and Happy Super Bowl! 

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