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 CAULIFLOWER BITES
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.
Healthy Buffalo Cauliflower Bites Recipe (via Gal on a Misson)
BAKED PARMESAN ZUCCHINI
Who needs french fries or chips when you can have crispy, cheesy, oven-roasted zucchini sticks?
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.
Fresh Peach Salsa Recipe via NatashasKitchen.com
PEANUT BUTTER PROTEIN RICE KRISPIES TREATS
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.