Super Bowl food on a table at a party.

Ah, Super Bowl food. Many people look forward to the snacks and dishes served at parties as much as they do the game itself. But amid all the hobnobbing, seven-layer dips, brews, and screaming at the TV, you might be distracted from one big offense: an expanding waistline.

More on healthy party foods

While it’s a special occasion, it’s important to still be mindful of what and how much you’re eating, especially because it’s close to the holiday season, when many people may have overindulged in “sometimes” foods. That can be difficult, though, when you’re faced with a tempting array of snacks, such as hot wings, chilled brews, and crunchy chips. To help, we’ve calculated what 100 calories of common Super Bowl foods looks like as a visual guide to help you keep your snacking in check.

Your game plan for healthy eating should begin before you arrive at the party. Be sure to have a healthy breakfast and lunch, so you aren’t starving by kickoff time and therefore more likely to overeat. 

At the party, keep this guideline in mind: If what you eat will serve as dinner, aim for roughly 500 to 700 calories if you follow a 2,000-calorie-per-day diet.

Your first step should be to survey the spread before you fill your plate. Take a healthy helping from the crudité platter, and choose smaller portions of wings, pizza, and other high-calorie foods. Opt for dips such as guacamole, hummus, and salsa over creamy or cheesy ones. These three are packed with nutrients, and guacamole and hummus have healthy fats. Still, the calories can add up, so be mindful of how much you scoop onto your plate. And if you’re looking for some crunch, popcorn and baby carrots are a better pick than chips. They not only are lower in calories but also supply more filling fiber.