Some fun facts for you this fine Superbowl weekend!
Here's how the Superbowl shakes out, snack-wise:
1,200: Average number of calories consumed during the Super Bowl. It’s the second largest day for U.S. food consumption. Only Thanksgiving tackles the big game day. The Superbowl itself is only a portion of the day, so assuming folks are still eating two additional meals before or after the game, we're basically doubled our food intake for the day. (Perhaps justifiable if we were planning our own super-active day... but somehow, I feel like couch-sitting with the occasional outraged stand-to-scream-at-the-TV doesn't quite cut it.)
71.4 million: Estimated pounds of Hass avocados that will be consumed for the game this year, according to the Hass Avocado Board. That’s enough to cover Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium end zone to end zone in more than 27.5 feet in avocados. This I can get on board with. Avocados are a beautiful source of healthy fats and Vitamins A and K. Just don't add 4 times the volume of mayonnaise and you're in good shape.
1.25 billion: The number of chicken wings Americans are expected to eat Sunday, according to the U.S. National Chicken Council. That's 625000000 chickens. Oof. Not to mention millions of gallons of sauce, oil, and batter. Try out these almond-crusted tofu bites or these buffalo cauliflower bites from The Soy-Free Vegan instead.
17: Average number of people at any given Super Bowl party, according to Treehugger.com. YES! FABULOUS! A supportive, like-minded community is a valuable thing. Give out some big ole' Superbowl hugs this weekend, even if your friends are cheering for the other team.
325 million: Gallons of beer to be consumed. Not sure what to do about this one, and pretty sure I'd be deported for suggesting anyone not drink during the Superbowl. Of course, I'm all for a yummy drink from time to time. Maybe alternate alcoholic drinks with water, or try a gluten-free beer? Pace yourself. It's a loooong day.
And for the snack-minded, the Calorie Control Council says we’ll also eat:
— 11.2 million pounds of potato chips.
— 8.2 million pounds of tortilla chips.
— 4.3 million pounds of pretzels.
— 3.8 million pounds of popcorn.
— 2.5 million pounds of nuts during their Super Bowl parties.
The potato chips alone will account for 27 billion calories and 1.8 billion grams of fat.
Eek. Looking for some equally delicious whole food alternatives that won't mean a bloat-fest on Monday? Check these out:
Best Vegan Dips
Cheesy Kale Chips
Crispy Eggplant Chips
WAY BETTER THAN McCain's Parsnip Fries
Build-Your-Own Trail Mix (a fun party option, too!)
Frozen Hazelnut Butter Fudge
Whomever you're cheering for, have a fabulous weekend!