Taper-Friendly Super Bowl Party Food

Hannah Hecht
by Hannah Hecht 3

February 04th, 2018 Lifestyle

Forget Thanksgiving, we all know that the best day of the year food-wise is Super Bowl Sunday. Unfortunately for swimmers, the Super Bowl often falls right in that winter-season taper window where appetites are still at peak-of-winter-training Phelpsian levels, but we’re no longer burning thousands and thousands of calories per day in the pool and weight room.

The hardest part of taper can be feeding that monstrous appetite without going overboard. A “holiday” known for its fried, unhealthy food can throw a wrench into even the most carefully-calibrated taper plan.

So, here are some ideas for healthy and healthier Super Bowl snack alternatives.


Buffalo wings are a Super Bowl mainstay, but, with about 200 calories per two wings without even counting dipping sauce, calories can add up quickly. This alternative is high in protein and can allow you to eat more individual pieces.

via GalonaMission.com

Healthy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites Recipe (via Gal on a Misson)


Who needs french fries or chips when you can have crispy, cheesy, oven-roasted zucchini sticks?

via DamnDelicious.net

Baked Parmesan Zucchini Recipe (via DamnDelicious.net)


A much lighter alternative to spinach artichoke or cheese dip, fruit salsa can also curb your dessert craving.

via Natashaskitchen.com

Fresh Peach Salsa Recipe via NatashasKitchen.com


These rice krispies alternative are packed with protein to help satiate even the strongest taper appetites. They’re also marshmallow-less and vegan, in case that’s your jam.

via Jenny Sugar, PopSugar Fitness

Peanut Butter Protein Rice Krispies Treats Recipe via PopSugar Fitness

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Lauren Baker

This is great! I did not know cauliflower had protein in it. Still won’t eat it, but good to know.


Id rather kill my taper then eat this stuff

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About Hannah Hecht

Hannah Hecht

Hannah Hecht grew up in Kansas and spent most of her childhood trying to convince coaches to let her swim backstroke in freestyle sets. She took her passion to Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa and swam at NAIA Nationals all four years. After graduating in 2015, she moved to …

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