Have a Super Green Big Game Party!

Photo by GRACELINKS on flickr

It’s Super Bowl time again, sports fans! This year, we have a new goal: make our Super Bowl parties the greenest they’ve ever been. Here are a few ideas to mull as the big day approaches – whether you’re a diehard Seattle Seahawks OR New England Patriots fan.

Eat Like a Pro (Athlete)

Don’t serve mystery meat at your Super Bowl party! As a 12 year NFL veteran, my body is my livelihood. I also care about the planet, so when I realized how much better pasture-raised meat was for me, my kids and the rest of the world, I founded Shire Gate Farm. I’m proud to be listed in Sustainable Table’s Eat Well Guide and even prouder to raise my products that make the cut for Animal Welfare Approved the “gold standard” of meat labels. 

- Will Witherspoon, whose Shire Gate Farm products hit the concession stands at the St. Louis Rams’ Edward Jones Dome this season.

Unplug Those Video Game Consoles!

Let’s say the Patriots are winning in a “blowout,” virtually “flattening” the Seahawks (cough, cough). Why not break out Madden NFL and pretend that you’re actually watching an entertaining game? The bad, and somewhat obvious, news is that as powerful video game consoles use more power, particularly when playing a video or in standby mode. For example, half of Xbox One's annual energy is consumed in standby. Until console manufacturers get their act together and make energy efficient models, flip the switch on your power strip or unplug the console completely while you’re enjoying the real game. Or napping during the glorious blowout. Either way.

Drink Local Beer

Despite the Super Bowl commercial dominance by the Beer Big Boys, the United States is in the midst of a craft beer revolution with thousands of breweries bringing not amazing styles but also sustainability in brewing. For those beer geeks out there, take a virtual road trip and find the best craft beers local to the Super Bowl challengers.

Admire the Sunny Countdown to February 1

The First Solar Countdown Clock will help us count down to the big game during the weeklong ‘Super Bowl Central’ celebration in Phoenix. First Solar, a Tempe-based solar company, has been highly involved in the Super Bowl Host Committee and is hoping to increase the profile of solar, especially in the Valley of the Sun. Their 13-foot clock ought to do the trick.

Don’t Forget the Salad Bowl!

Chicken wings and burgers are not the only football food. Veggies are not only good for you; they’re also less resource-intensive than meat.

Cook It Up

Remember, any recipe can be made more sustainable by the ingredients that you choose. Plan ahead and take the time to cook from scratch. Look for pasture-raised meatpesticide-free vegetableslocal produce and hormone-free dairy. Eat Well Guide can help.

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

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

Image “Holiday Party Spread” by SaraJane on Flickr used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic license.