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Super Bowl Sunday – Get in the Spirit and Stay Safe!

February 3, 2012
Super Bowl Sunday Food Facts

Whether you love football or the commercials, many Americans will be tuning into the Super Bowl this Sunday. The Super Bowl is a huge event – of the 10 most watched TV programs of all time, 9 of them are Super Bowls, according to yumsugar. This year will certainly be no different, especially with the Patriots and Giants facing off once again. Regardless of which team you are rooting for, or if you’d rather watch the Puppy Bowl instead, diehard fans and casual viewers alike can share in what may be the cornerstone of Super Bowl Sunday: the food and the drinks.

Food

No matter which team you’re rooting for, you’re probably going to be eating a lot throughout the game. The average American will consume almost a day’s worth of calories (2,000 calories) during the hours the game is airing, according to USAToday. A day’s worth! And that’s no wonder – Americans will eat 11 million pounds of chips and 1.25 billion chicken wings on Sunday. And that’s not all, we’ll consume 8 million pounds of my favorite snack – guacamole! – according to yumsugar.

Keep your Super Bowl snacking on the healthy side this year by being mindful of what you’re eating and how much. Use small plates to keep portions under control, and try to choose healthier foods from the spread. Skip on the chips and enjoy your dip with veggies instead, go for a lean bean chili instead of fried foods and indulge in some guac, both the tomatoes and avocados in it are considered superfoods.

Drinks

How better to wash down a bunch of chicken wings than with a nice cold beer? Perhaps a Bud? Budweiser has spent more on Super Bowl ads than any other company. Beer and football are practically synonymous, especially during the Super Bowl, when tensions run high and either celebratory drinks or drowning sorrows are in order when it ends.

Whatever your plans are this year, if you’re partying (the average size of a Super Bowl party is 17 people!) or one of the 5% of Americans watching the game alone, be safe.┬áMore drivers are involved in alcohol-related accidents on Super Bowl Sunday than any day of the year besides St. Patrick’s Day, according to the Insurance Information Institute. According to NHTSA, 48% of U.S. traffic fatalities on Super Bowl Sunday are alcohol related.

Staying safe this Sunday is as easy as being prepared before beginning your celebrations. Try to stay close to home, but if not make your plans in advance and include finding a designated driver in your game day preparations. If you find yourself forced to reach for your keys after the game, reconsider. There are many options that will get you home safe without you getting behind the wheel. Call a cab, take public transportation, book a room, crash with a friend, or if you must get home with your car on Sunday night, the Tipsy Tow will pick you, your car and as many friends will fit in the truck up and bring you back home. Call 1-800-AAA-HELP (1-800-222-4357), anywhere in the US and Canada, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week to request the Tipsy Tow.

However you choose to spend Super Bowl Sunday this year, all of us at GradGuard wish you a safe and happy Sunday evening!

Photo by Cupcakes & Dreams

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