Chips, football and Six Pack of Beer on a table in front of a big screen TV with a Football field. Great for Super Bowl themed projects. Horizontal format.

When you’re attending a super bowl party, you want to be a team player and try all the appetizing snacks. However, it can get overwhelming to navigate all the temptation on the field, so I’m going to lay out the legal plays and penalties for you.

Guacamole and chips
You need not forego this popular staple. The ingredients in guacamole provide many important health benefits.

Avocado: healthy mono-unsaturated fat helps lower cholesterol and supports cardiovascular health
Lemon and lime: contain vitamin C and have cancer-preventative properties
Cilantro: useful for digestion, anxiety, and heavy metal detoxification
Chips: generally corn-based, and naturally gluten-free for all you gluten-free fanatics

*Grounds for disqualification:
Skip the elaborate nacho dip. That cheese, sour cream, olives, etc. have an excess amount of saturated fat and calories.

Didn’t we just spend all December trying not to gain weight and all of January trying to lose the weight we gained anyway? If you haven’t gotten it together by now you may be a free agent come Valentine’s Day. Keep close to the goal line.

Vegetable tray
Go ahead and tackle that vegetable tray. Be careful not to cross over the line into the ranch dip though – penalty!

Raw vegetables such as celery, carrots, peppers, and cucumber provide many health benefits as they are rich in fiber and vitamins, including A and C. Keep your plate colorful for an assorted intake of nutrients.

Speaking of color, what does white creamy dip provide for you? Nothing but trouble. If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck…it’s cellulite.

Cookies
Cookies are fun – especially if you decorate them in the shape of footballs. Snag one or two and save the rest for others. A messy pileup on your plate can lead to injury. And by injury, I mean fat on your thighs. Consider having a friend stand by for interference.

Chips, pretzels, etc.
Since no one can resist just one, feel free to dig into that bowl of Lays® potato chips if you’re in the mood to feel bloated later. Salt causes you to retain water and therefore have to unbutton your jeans in front of all the friends and strangers you’re watching the game with. Consider buying pretzels with little or no salt.

And with all those hands grabbing into the bowl, who knows what sort of germs you’re going to come in contact with. (Better scoop on some guacamole with that vitamin C content just to be safe.)

Alcohol
As per usual, I’m going to recommend you forfeit the beer. Whatever you do drink, keep it moderate. You don’t want to have to call in a substitution for work tomorrow.

As a general form of advice, taste what you want, pace yourself, and don’t overstep your bounds. Better to not be benched for the remainder of the game.

Remember, you don’t have to eat everything on your plate on your own. Take the opportunity to signal for an assist from a friend who’s annoyingly thinner than you.