Eat This, Not That! on Super Bowl Sunday
I’ve always found it a bit ironic how Americans stuff their faces with junk food while watching muscular athletes burn hundreds of calories on the field. Unfortunately for our waistlines, this tradition isn’t going out of vogue any time soon. While sports fans regularly eat their share of chips, beer, and wings, the Super Bowl is easily one of the most overindulgent games of the year—which can be difficult to deal with if you’re trying to lose weight. No one wants to be “that guy” Googling the nutrition stats of the chicken wings between downs, but no one wants to totally derail their progress either. Luckily, with our ETNT-sanctioned Super Bowl picks, you won’t be confronted with either of those scenarios. Read on to see how you can enjoy all your game day favorites without feeling as big as a linebacker the next day. And to stay on track the other 364 days of the year, be sure to read up on these 35 Fun Ways to Lose Weight!
Guacamole: Eat This! Wholly Guacamole Avocado Verde Dip
Nutrition per 2 Tbsp, 30 g: 35 calories, 2.5 g fat (0 g saturated), 115 mg sodium
Not That! Dean’s Guacamole Flavored Dip
Nutrition per 2 Tbsp, 30 g: 90 calories, 9 g fat (2.5 g saturated), 170 mg sodium,
Tomatoes and avocados are the first two ingredients on Wholly Guacamole’s nutrition label. Dean’s Guacamole Flavored Dip, however, is made mostly of milk, soybean oil, and water. Yuck! And speaking of guac, incorporate more of the green, fat-fighting fruit into your diet with these Amazing Avocado Recipes for Weight Loss!
Cheese Dip: Eat This! Tostitos Salsa Con Queso Medium
Nutrition per 2 Tbsp, 34 g: 40 calories, 2.5 g fat (1 g saturated), 280 mg sodium
Not That! Kraft Cheez Whiz Original Cheese Dip
Nutrition per 2 Tbsp, 33 g: 90 calories, 7 g fat (1.5 g saturated), 440 mg sodium
Kraft’s glowing orange goop is pure junk. Tostitos Salsa Con Queso, on the other hand, is the real deal. With the nutritional perks of tomatoes and peppers, it beats straight cheese dip every time. Plus, you can eat more than twice as much for the same caloric punch. For more calorie-saving hacks, check out these 25 Ways to Cut 250 Calories.
Salsa: Eat This! Newman’s Own Mild Salsa
Nutrition per 2 Tbsp, 32 grams: 10 calories, 0 g fat, 65 mg sodium
Not That! Tostitos Chunky Mild Salsa
Nutrition per 2 Tbsp, 33 g: 10 calories, 0 g fat, 250 mg sodium
Combined with some salty chips, eating Tostitos’ Chunky Mild Salsa salsa could dish out half the day’s sodium. Newman’s dip majorly slashes the salt. To keep even more of the blood pressure-raising nutrient off of your plate, check out these 20 Restaurant Desserts With More Salt Than A Bag of Pretzels—and stay far, far away!
Potato Chips: Eat This! Popchips Sea Salt & Vinegar
Nutrition, ~20 chips, 28 g: 120 calories, 3.5 g fat (0 g saturated), 150 mg sodium
Not That! Wise Salt & Vinegar Potato Chips
Nutrition, ~14 chips, 28 g: 150 calories, 10 g fat (3 g saturated), 290 mg sodium
A lengthy, absorbent dip in the fryer and liberal use of salt are to blame for Wise’s bleak bag. Opt for Popchips Salt & Pepper, instead. The crisps are neither fried nor baked—the potatoes “pop” with heat and pressure. It’s delicious ingenuity. Got a serious case of the salt munchies? See how your favorite crisps stack up with the help of our exclusive report, The 35 Best-Selling Chips—Ranked.
Wings: Eat This! Pizza Hut All American Traditional Hot Wings
**Nutrition per 8 wings: 320 calories, 20 g fat (6 g saturated), 1,280 mg sodium
Not That! Pizza Hut Garlic Parmesan Bone-Out Wings
Nutrition per 8 wings: 1,160 calories, 92 g fat (18 g saturated), 2,120 mg sodium
These freakish “bone-out” wings have more than double the sodium and more than three times as many calories and fat as the Traditional Hot Wings. The winner here is pretty obvious—or better yet, serve one of these healthy chicken recipes instead.
Delivery Pizza: Eat This! Domino’s Artisan Italian Sausage & Pepper Trio
Nutrition, 2 slices (one size pie): 320 calories, 14 g fat (5 g saturated), 660 mg sodium
Not That! Papa John’s Sausage Pizza
Nutrition, 2 slices (medium pie): 480 calories, 22 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 1200 mg sodium
Papa John’s pie represents pizza’s two great pitfalls: oversized crust and fatty meat. However, Domino’s exceptional Artisan line relies on thin crusts and lean toppings, and with this particular pizza, the trio of flavor-dense peppers prevents the heavier sausage from overrunning the pie. It’s decadent enough to satisfy a serious Super Bowl pizza craving, yet lean enough to eat on a regular basis.
Hot Dogs: Eat This! Hebrew National 97% Fat-Free Beef Franks
Nutrition per frank, 45 g: 40 calories, 1 g fat (0 g saturated), 490 mg sodium, 6 g protein
Not That! Oscar Mayer Light Wieners
Nutrition per frank, 50 g: 90 calories, 6 g fat (2.5 g saturated), 420 mg sodium, 6 g protein
Hot dogs vary widely in terms of fat content, so it’s important to flip the package and scan the nutritional panel. Case in point: You could eat six of the Hebrew National dogs and still not reach the fat load of Oscar Mayer’s “light” franks. Yikes! If you want to shrink your waist, nosh on any of these 30 Foods That Melt Love Handles instead.
Full Calorie Beer: Drink This! Rolling Rock
**Nutrition per 12 fl oz: 130 calories, 9.8 g carbs, 4.5% alcohol
Not That! Guinness Extra Stout
Nutrition per 12 fl oz: 176 calories, 14 g carbs, 6% alcohol
Rolling Rock is crisp, refreshing, and surprisingly gentle in the calorie and carb departments. Guinness, on the other hand, is one of the highest calorie options out there.
Light Beer: Drink This! Labatt Blue Light
Nutrition per 11.5 fl oz: 108 calories, 8 g carbs, 4% alcohol
Not That! Michelob Light
Nutrition per 12 fl oz: 123 calories, 9 g carbs, 4.1% alcohol
Michelob Light is one of the heaviest light beers in the cooler. In fact, a full-calories bottle of Guinness Draught has just two calories more. Labatt will save you 15 calories a beer, which adds up if you plan to down five or six over the course of the evening (not that we’re suggesting that).