Sustainable Super Bowl Sunday

Behold: our newly updated guide to sustainable Super Bowl food!

The Super Bowl...a day for football or a day for friends, family, commercials, halftime shows, puppies and snacks (depending on your interests, not necessarily in that order)? If your focus is food (and whose isn't?), why not upgrade your spread with some locally-grown, sustainably-produced fare this year? Blindside your guests with tasty and healthy snacks! Clothesline anyone who tries to bring in fast food! Make sure no off-season veggies show up to play!

OK, OK... that was a lame attempt to use some football terms that I don't understand, but I do understand the importance of making healthy food delicious so that everyone enjoys it and comes back for more. Super Bowl, health and sustainability aren't usually used in the same sentence, but it can be done. There are many ways to upgrade your party food and here is a roundup of some doable ideas:

Make your own.

Plan ahead and take the time to cook from scratch.

ANY recipe can be made more sustainable by the ingredients that you choose.

Look for antibiotic-free meat, pesticide-free vegetables, local produce and hormone-free dairy.

Step up your game with recipes from our Real Food Right Now and How to Cook It series.

Depending on where you live, in the snowy or warm parts of the US, look for what you can find at your market now.

Appetizers

Spinach Balls in Spicy Tomato Sauce
Edamame “Guacamole”
Raw Tomatillo and Tomato Salsa
Oven-Fried Crispy Okra with Buttermilk-Chive Dressing
Kohlrabi Pancakes
Eggplant ’’Fries’’ with Honey
Lentil Pate
Sunchoke Chips
Homemade Hot Sauce 

More substantial

Macaroni & Cheese (not technically from our #RealFoodRightNow series, but delicious!)
Burgers
Hot Dogs

Sweets

Lemon Bars
Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Make your beer sustainable too!

Check out Brewing Better Local Economies with American Craft Beer on Ecocentric.

And there you have it folks, a touchdown!

Got ideas for a healthier, more sustainable Super Bowl celebration? Share them in the comments section!