Every year, studies based on foods searched in Google determines each state's most popular Super Bowl Food. This most recent study by Bid-On-Equipment found "meatballs" are the most popular Super Bowl snack in the country. However, you can check out your state's favorite Super Bowl food as of 2023 below.
Smart Super Bowl Snacks
Whereas Super Bowl has been known as much for the finger foods as it has for the actual game, we may be at a crossroads in the focus. Could it be that people are looking for healthier options? Or maybe they're just getting more creative with their potlucks.
As you think about what to eat during the big game, consider that depending on the source, Americans tend to consume between 2,400 (Time) and 8,000 calories (Pickwise) just during those four hours. These are more calories than what we need in a day (or four days for many people)!
Here are ideas on how to snack smart during Super Bowl without compromising flavor or socializing.
Let's attack the fat first. Fat provides 9 calories per gram (versus carbs and protein which only provide 4 calories per gram). Fat is the best place to reduce your calorie consumption during the Super Bowl.
According to Time, Americans can eat as much as 121g of fat during the game. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020-2025 recommend no more than 10% of your calories coming from saturated fat. For someone on a 2,000 calorie diet, that would be about 22g of saturated fat for the day.
Sources of saturated fat during Super Bowl often include dips made with sour cream and/or mayo, skin from chicken wings, cheese on pizza, cheese in dips, cheese in jalapeno poppers, cheese in...you name it! There's also butter in brownies and cookies.
To cut back on the saturated fat:
Replace sour cream with a low-fat or non-fat Greek yogurt. This will provide the same texture, but a slightly tangier flavor. Most people can't notice a difference.
Try skinless wings or buffalo cauliflower.
Guacamole. Serve a simple guac made with avocado and lime juice. You can optionally add garlic and diced tomato. Avocado is a healthy unsaturated fat.
And skip the cheese! There are plenty of other foods to try that you won't miss cheese. The cheesy foods like dips, pizza, and jalapeno poppers are where a lot of fat and calories add up.
Carbs are not the enemy, but with a feast of snacks to choose from, it's a good idea to choose carbs wisely.
We're not going to pretend that Super Bowl watchers look forward to eating vegetables during the game, but here are some realistic ways to get some nutrients in while enjoying fun snacks:
Salsa with whole grain chips is one of the most popular Super Bowl snacks and won't spike blood sugar or add saturated fat. Salsa is a vegetable serving and the whole grain chips provide fiber, protein, and other nutrients.
Popcorn is another whole grain that can be served and offers less calories than tortilla chips. Instead of buttered popcorn, try adding spices like cinnamon, rosemary, smoked paprika, or hot sauce.
Make a veggie board. Charcuterie boards are trending now and can be a fun way to deliver a variety of fruits, veggies, and nuts. You can even throw in dark chocolate if you want!
Buffalo cauliflower can replace wings and add a vegetable to your snack display. Simply spice up the cauliflower with paprika, garlic and onion powder, bake for 20 minutes, and then add the buffalo sauce. Bake the sauce on for an extra 10 minutes and your snack is ready to serve.
Lean protein is the name of the game. Protein in itself is a healthful part of the diet, but when it comes with saturated fat, it adds to high LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, as well as calories. Here are some lean protein ideas for Super Bowl:
Saturated fat hides in the skin of chicken. Try baking skinless chicken wings or reducing your portion of wings.
Instead of highly processed meats like pepperoni, salami, or sausage, consider mushrooms on pizza or nuts on your charcuterie board.
Sliders are popular in some states. These can easily be made with a leaner meat like turkey, swapped out for a veggie burger made with black beans or sweet potatoes, or even using a branded plant-based patty such as Dr. Praeger's California burgers (these are actually made with veggies!).
Make chili with turkey or beans and top with no-fat sour cream.
Try these dessert recipes that cut back on sugar and fat:
Low Sugar, Low Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies (gluten-free, nut-free option)
Copy Cat Samoas (gluten-free, vegan, nut-free option)
Gingerbread Snowballs (gluten-free, vegan)
Oatmeal Berry Bars (gluten-free, vegetarian, nut-free option)
No Monkey Business Banana Bread (gluten-free, vegetarian, nut-free option)
Most Popular Super Bowl Foods by State
Check out your state's favorite Super Bowl recipe below and feel free to leave a comment! For more recipe ideas, visit ZEST Nutrition.
Whatever you do on Sunday, enjoy yourself and be healthy!
Alabama: Chili Nebraska: Mozzarella Sticks
Alaska: Queso Nevada: Hummus
Arizona: Chips & Salsa New Hampshire: Meatballs
Arkansas: Fried Pickles New Jersey: Nachos
California: Nachos New Mexico: Queso
Colorado: Garlic Knots New York: Buffalo Wings
Connecticut: Nachos North Carolina: Chips & Salsa
Delaware: Crab Ball North Dakota: Tater Tots
Florida: Guacamole Ohio: Buffalo Wings
Georgia: Pigs in a Blanket Oklahoma: Queso
Hawaii: Chips & Salsa Oregon: Sweet Potato Fries
Idaho: 7 Layer Dip Pennsylvania: Buffalo Wings
Illinois: Buffalo Wings Rhode Island: Garlic Parmesan Wings
Indiana: Chili South Carolina: Chili Dog
Iowa: Tater Tots South Dakota: Tater Tots
Kansas: Tater Tots Tennessee: Pigs in a Blanket
Kentucky: Chili Texas: Chips & Salsa
Louisiana: Spinach & Artichoke Dip Utah: 7 Layer Dip
Maine: Meatballs Vermont: Meatballs
Maryland: Buffalo Wings Virginia: Buffalo Wings
Massachusetts: Nachos Washington: Hummus
Michigan: Pigs in a Blanket West Virginia: Pepperoni Roll
Minnesota: Tater Tots Wisconsin: Queso
Mississippi: Queso Wyoming: Meatballs
If you live in CA, CO, AZ, MI, or VA, you can make a virtual appt. with a Registered Dietitian at ZESTNutritionService.com.