Watching the game with friends
February 2, 2018 | by Tracey Graber RD, CDE

The Super Bowl is this Sunday, February 4. 111.3 million people in the U.S. watched the game in 2017, and many do so in big gatherings with friends and family. Are you hosting or attending a watch party? We put a spin on meals and activities so you can enjoy the game while being healthy.

Light Up the Grill

Assembling kabobs is simple, and easy to prepare in advance, giving you more game watching time. Combine lean meats like chicken, shrimp and fish with your favorite veggies.


Tomatoes, mushrooms and peppers make a colorful combination in this chicken-vegetable kabob recipe.

If you're craving a burger, use 93 percent lean beef or ground turkey. Swap cheese for slices of avocado, tomatoes and onions. Watching calories and carbohydrates? Try a lettuce wrap instead of a burger bun.


You won’t miss the bun in this tasty lettuce-wrapped burger.

Get Creative with Appetizers

Serve lighter options with big flavor like lightly battered chicken wings, fresh veggie platters with hummus or yogurt-based dips, and side salads. To help with portion control, use smaller plates.


Packed with fiber, this black bean and corn salad will spice things up.

Be Smart About Alcohol

Avoid drinking on an empty stomach by pairing drinks with food. Keep drinks to one or two servings of light beer or wine. With Super Bowl parties often spanning an entire day, don’t forget to drink water. Staying hydrated can help prevent dehydration and ensure that you’re feeling great for work on Monday.


Try flavored sparkling water with strawberries or orange slices to help with hydration.

Add Activity to Your Game Watching Plan

Grab the pigskin for some pickup football or a game of catch. Challenge kids to a football kicking contest. A little physical activity can burn some of the calories from the food and drinks you consume and make you feel less sluggish during and after the game.


Get up during commercial breaks and take a stretch or standing break.