The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

January 29, 2014

Make your Sunday super

Amanda Stecker
Registered dietitian

---- — Whether you’re a football fanatic or couldn’t care less, we can all unite around one thing on Big Game Sunday: the food.

This is America’s second largest eating day, falling behind only Thanksgiving in terms of calories consumed. An average daily intake for Americans is 2,000 calories, but during the big football show we eat that much in less than three hours.

Top picks for game day include chicken wings, chili, meat and cheese trays, nachos, chips and dips galore. Often missing from the spread, however, are fruits and vegetables. If you’re afraid a veggie platter will play second string to the standard fare, pull a kitchen quarterback sneak by incorporating fresh foods in creative ways.

Imagine the cheers you’d get if you carved bell peppers into football-helmet shapes and used them to hold carrot and celery sticks. Watch the crowd go wild when you present a tray of dark chocolate-dipped strawberries decorated as miniature footballs. And savor a big win when guests throw back a few of your potato pigskins — a lighter and veggie-filled take on fried potato skins. Fruits and vegetables can add more variety, nutrition and color to the traditional super spread — and that’s a touchdown any day.